MBEA 2008SC Moodle

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					Moodle:
Free On-line Classroom Tools




2008 MBEA Summer Conference
Springfield, MO
Carla Boulton, Presenter
What is Moodle?
• Modular Object-Oriented
  Dynamic Learning
  Environment
• Free, open source software
• Can be used on any
  computer with Internet
• May be downloaded to
  your school server or
  hosted on outside sources
 School Server or Outside Host?
• School servers are the best
  place to host Moodle.
• Outside hosts exist for a small
  fee or for free with limited
  capabilities.


             OR
 Outside Host Links
• www.ninehub.com – FREE, but
  limited space
• $0.95/mo hosting for Moodle
  www.francey.org/.web_hosting
  _files/other/moodle.html
• More expensive options
  – www.moodlerooms.com
    $500-$600 year
  – Remote-learner.net
    $500-$600 year
Getting Started
• Every student must have a
  valid e-mail account,
  regardless of whether or
  not it is active.
• Create an ENROLLMENT
  KEY so that only your
  students can be in your
  classes!
• Explore www.moodle.org
Course Settings
•Name of class
•Course description
Course Settings
 •Set start date/end date
 •Course format
 •ENROLLMENT KEY
Course Settings
•Guest log-in?
•Upload size
Class Design
• Format Choice for Class
  – Weekly: standard class
    setup with beginning and
    ending dates
  – Topics: dates are removed
    and topics are highlighted
  – Social: forum based
Weekly Format
Topics Format
Social Format
Class Design
• Module choices:
  –   Assignments
  –   Choice (great polling tool)
  –   Forum
  –   Resource
  –   Quiz
  –   Survey
  –   Glossary
  –   Journal
  –   MORE!
Customizing Your Class
• TURN EDITING ON
• Add files and web pages
  through “Add Resource”
• Add assignments, quizzes,
  forums, wiki, and other
  items through “Add
  Activity”
Editing Icons




                Available
Assignments: Adding
Assignments: Upload Options
•Decide on file size max
•Decide on resubmissions
   Assignments: Easy Grading
For multiple
sections of a
course, you can
view all at once
and then sort
                      Don’t forget to
                      save your work!
Forum: Creation




         Be sure to allow kids the
         right to post
Forum: Kids at Work
• Monitor what they write!
• Kids are very eager to use
  this to express ideas and
  course content
Resources
• Upload .pdf or other
  format files for student
  reference
• Link to websites for
  references/study
Quizzes
• Create quizzes with
  different types of questions
  –   Multiple choice
  –   Matching
  –   Essay
  –   Short Answer
  –   Numerical
  –   MORE!
Quizzes: Setting the Options



                   How many times do
                   you want the
                   quizzes to be
                   taken??
Quizzes
     Be sure to limit attempts……
Benefits of Using Moodle
• Anytime, anywhere
  learning
• The software is FREE
• Students love anything on-
  line
• Grade homework without
  touching a single piece of
  paper or using printer ink!
Cons of Using Moodle
• Not as “pretty” as
  Blackboard
• Navigation not 100% user
  friendly
• Occasional “bugs” in
  software require patience
Uses Outside the Box
• Teacher collaboration
• FBLA
• Foreign pen-pal/sister
  classes
 Questions?
• Visit www.moodle.org
• E-mail me at
  boultonc@bernie.k12.mo.us

				
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