Archive for July, 2008

As part of the 23 things, I am going to add Moodle to the exercises. A number of staff members showed real interest in learning more about Moodle. I’m still very excited about Moodle and had the administrator enable Outcomes so that I can utilize formative assessment even more throughout my courses. Ultimately, I think it would be cool to rest mainly upon formative assessment, but I need to take it step by step.

I am also playing the waiting game for the workshop and exercise modules to get enabled by our administrator (who has been super helpful!). I’m excited about the opportunities that are held in the workshop module, with students able to work for and with one another… instead of just me. I think it reiterates the idea that teh teacher should not be the “be all and end all” because, in real life, teachers will not be there as the “be all and end all”… peers, on the other hand, will be. My wondering is how I am going to ensure that kids take their job of assessing others seriously.  I know that it will help them become better German students (and students in general), and I know that their peers are going to be amazing assessors (if they hold themselves to actually assessing), and I know  that assessment for  learning is the best… so what talk do we need to have for a good buy-in from all parties?

Last question: how have you used workshops, exercises, and (something I didn’t mention here today) Hot Potatoes in your Moodle?

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23 Things…

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Learning...
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Today I took the first step and started creating the blog for the 23 things for our staff. I haven’t published anything yet because I’m still in the tinkering stage… but I’m still very excited for this fantastic opportunity.

I decided to put it on a weekly schedule… that way people can work ahead if they want, but won’t feel too overwhelmed with so many things to try and do.

I still have to decide who I need to talk to about implementing this as well as the final list of things that people should discover and play around with. The reason I know I need to deviate a little from the original is that our staff showed some real interest in using Moodle, and I would like to get them information on things like Survey sites as well… all things that help them be more productive, effective, and efficient because, after all, that is what good technology does, right?

Wow!! Today I was rolling around in bloggy goodness and ran into a movement that has been going on that sounds pretty fantastic: 23 Things. Minnesota even seems to have its own movement (mostly for librarians, as far as I can find), called 23 Things on a Stick.  Some have even moved forward, gone farther, and done “Learning 2.1: A Master List of Things“.  There is even a Minnesota tech-guy, Michael Walker,  who is looking ahead to doing this for his staff in Edina.

I am very interested in trying this out so that I can share it with my colleagues! I am on the technology committee, and this past spring we found that many people are interested in improving their technological savviness. I think this would be a great program to set up for interested participants.  I want to learn more, and talk to more people so that I can get this in motion.  I’m excited!

Moodling it up…

Posted: July 27, 2008 in Moodle
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After reading some historical bloging (aka: catching up), I found one of Bob Sprankle’s to be especially interesting. It links to the K-12 Online conference from last year (looking forward to this year!), and specifically to the presentation by Jason Hando about incorporating PageFlakes and other Mashups into Moodle.

I am looking for awesome new things to do with Moodle, and this is a step in that direction.  Check out the ideas he has for improving the Moodle usage. I think the biggest hint to get out of this is that you can add extra boxes (or labels) and then embed things (anything you might create that is “embeddable” from another web source) through HTML.  Love it!

Last year I set up my classes with Moodle and used it when I could. Computer time is hard to come by in our school, but it was really beneficial when I came down with Influenza A… because I could sit on my sofa at home and log in to Moodle and, essentially, hold class via Moodle! We had chats and online exercises. It was a life-saver for a teacher who, too often, doesn’t trust that anything gets done with subs.

So… I’m open (and hoping for) lots of feedback for someone who, right now, I would call a “Moderate Moodler”. Ideas?