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Workshop presentation by Paul Garratt from Stockport Council at MoodleMoot UK 2010

Workshop presentation by Paul Garratt from Stockport Council at MoodleMoot UK 2010



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  • Using Moodle in Primary Schools Paul Garratt Stockport LEA E-Learning Manager
  • Content
    • Stockport E-Learning Platform SELP
    • Theme design
    • ‘ Main menu’ and using icons
    • Initial Setup
    • Training and Support
    • Central Resource Area
    • Use by Students and Parents
    • Setup in March 2009
    • Commissioned by ‘Synergy Learning’
    • Hosts
      • 101 Primary School, Special and PRU Moodles
      • Central resource area
      • 14-19 Moodle, (Diplomas)
    Stockport E-Learning Platform (SELP)
  • Theme Design
  • Basic Moodle Theme and Layout
  • Theme Design
    • 6 Moodle theme templates purchased from ‘Synergy Learning’
    • The schools then decide on their theme and choose the icons for the ‘main menu’
    • The theme is then designed, incorporating the schools logo, images, colours and preferred icons
  • ‘ Main menu’ and using icons
    • Classes
    • Pupils
    • Years
    • Parents
    • Staff
    • Staffroom
    • Governors
    • News
    • Gallery
    • Videos
    • Video and podcasting
    • Events
    • Clubs
    Each of the sections is a course page
  • Classes Course
  • Technical Design
    • Main Classes page is enrollable
    • Each class page i.e. Reception, is not enrollable. Students and teachers are assigned access here (assign roles)
    • New course pages under the class i.e. Fairtales, uses meta data from the class page i.e. Reception, to assign roles.
    • Same principle is applied to Parents, Governors and Staffroom but without the need for a Main Classes page.
    • Shared courses use meta data from each of the classes
  • Using icons for menus
    • MAIN Child friendly
    • Customisable
    • Not restricted to the Moodle architecture
    • A simple design can be easy to create
    Pros Cons
    • Breadcrumb trail can be ineffective
    • Extras steps required to create new course pages
    • Can display incorrectly in some browsers
    • To many courses may cause finding issues
    • Copyright issues
  • Initial Setup
  • Initial Setup
    • Staff list
    • Theme
    • Main menu layout
    • Student section layout
    • Student logon format and password policy
    • Meeting with our VLE advisor
    • Use BECTA guidelines ‘ Learning Platforms: Steps to adoption’ and ‘21 st century teacher’
    • How they can use the Moodle to improve Teaching and Learning
  • Training and support
  • Training and support
    • User guide given to each member of staff
    • Training begins with a ‘Getting started’ ½ day session and then a ‘Building a class’ session
    • On going workshop includes training, best practice, presentations and ‘Playtime’.
    • 2 members of staff attend ‘Admin training’
    • Staff inset focusing on basics of adding
      • Websites
      • Files
      • Images
  • Central Resource Area
  • Use by Students and Parents
  • Students
    • Additional resources for learning
    • Forums for discussions, both on and off topic
    • Chatrooms are secure and only accessible by the class or school
    • Secure galleries to view events and achievements and trips
  • Parents
    • School information
    • Calendar and upcoming events
    • Access letters and forms
    • E-Safety information and videos
    • Forums used for feedback and views on the school
    • “ The introduction of the VLE has been fantastic in our school. Parents and children are both excited about using it. Parents have told us they just love to see what their children have been getting up to in school.”
    • “ Children love to use the chat, blogs and forum facilities and are using it to access resources from their topics and links to websites that extend their learning and knowledge of their topics.”
    • “ Parents have much closer links with their children's education via our VLE, Our VLE will help improve communications with parents Our VLE prompts independent learning from home.”
  • Summary
    • Make Moodle Bold and Colourful
    • Use icons linking to courses and resources
    • Design the site prior to creation
    • Keep the Moodle Categories and Courses structure
    • A simple structure can be easily managed
    • A training and support are key
    • A central resource area
  • Future Developments
    • E-Portfolio – ‘Mahara’
    • Document Storage area – ‘Alfresco’
    • School Websites ‘Joomla’
    • MIS Integration
    • Project to create resources and courses to be put on the Central Resource Area
  • Any questions?
  • Useful Information
    • Paul Garratt – [email_address]
    • Alex Findlay – [email_address]
    • SELP –