A Student’s Guide to Moodle
Assignment: On Monday (2/23) you will learn how to log in to the Moodle
system and set up your profile. Once you have set up your profile, your teacher
will give you access to his/her Moodle “classroom”. You must have your profile
set up by the end of class on Tuesday.
How to Log in to Moodle
1. Go to http://moodle.bryanisd.org/
2. Use the "Login" box on the left side of the page to log in.
3. Your username and password are the same as those for your BISD account. Log in
just as you would log in to get onto any school computer.
4. The first time you log in, Moodle will ask for some information to create your profile:
Moodle will ask you to enter your email address. If you do not have an email
address, you may enter the following: email@example.com.
Moodle will ask you to enter your City. This course is set up on a secure account
and only viewable to people with BISD accounts (students, faculty and staff). So,
it’s ok to give the correct city information (Bryan). If, however, you feel
uncomfortable doing so, feel free to enter another city.
4. Once you are logged in you will see a list of your courses in the "My Current
Courses" box on the left side of the page. The box will not show up if you are not
enrolled in any courses.
If you get a log in error, please try logging in again to be sure it wasn’t just a typo. If you
still can’t get into Moodle, please contact Mrs. Brattin for help. She will take down your
name and login ID we will get it settled.
Your profile is your identity on Moodle. The first and last name listed in your profile will
identify you throughout Moodle. Your instructors can view your whole profile, including
your email address.
To edit your profile
To view your profile, click on your name next to the “Logout” link at the top of the screen,
or anywhere else that your name appears as a link. Then, click the “Edit profile” tab.
There are several settings that are accessible from your profile that will help make
your use of Moodle more productive.
Email format: You can choose to have emails sent from Moodle in Plain text
format or Pretty HTML format. HTML format will include images and the Moodle
colour scheme in emails, but will be slightly larger in size.
Forum auto-subscribe: If you select yes for this it will mean that when you post
a message to a forum, you will be subscribed to that forum and receive email
copies of all messages for that forum. You may unsubscribe from forums if you
wish as well.
Email digest type: You may choose to receive all emails from Moodle in one
daily message. There is also the option to receive either the complete message
or just the Subjects from forums you subscribe to.
Forum tracking: This is a useful option to enable. If it is enabled on your Moodle
site it will highlight unread forum messages so you can easily see what is new.
Changing your User Icon (Picture)
You can also change your user icon (your picture, or “avatar”) by browsing for a picture
next to the “New Picture” field. Please keep the picture small, about 100x100 pixels, and
500kb or less in size. Please use either GIF or JPG format. Again, remember that this
profile is accessible to all members of the BISD community, and your teachers will see
this icon. Please use the same caution with your description.
Using PhotoBooth to take a picture
1. Select and open PhotoBooth from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a red
curtain with a photostrip). If the program does not show up on your toolbar you can select
Photobooth from the Applications Menu.
2. The camera is located within the top of your computer screen’s frame. You can adjust the
computer screen/frame so that you are positioned correctly within the photo frame.
3. To select an effect to apply when you take the picture, click one of the Effects buttons.
4. Click the effect you want to use. If you want a photo with no effect, click the center effect.
5. When you're ready to take a picture, click the Shutter button below the image. Photo Booth
counts down for 3 seconds, then flashes the screen and takes the picture.
6. To view the photo and select how you want to use it, click the thumbnail of the photo at the
bottom of the window.
7. PhotoBooth saves your photos as JPEG files in a folder named PhotoBooth, located in your
home folder. Choose File > Reveal in Finder to see your photo files.
How to Find your Courses
Once you are enrolled in a (like the TAKS Prep course you’ll be working on later this
week) it should appear in the "My Current Courses" box on the left side of the Moodle
main page when you log in. If you aren't enrolled on Wednesday, you can talk to Mrs.
Brattin, who will take your information and let your teacher know.
If you want to know anything more about Moodle, try looking it up on http://www.moodle.org/.