Moodling Our Way to the
Using an Online Classroom to
Engage Students in Literature
Students read Jerry
and at least one of the
following novels. They look
for parallels between
Spinelli’s life and his writing
and between their own lives
and that of the characters in
• To encourage students to lead their own
conversations relating to books and to relate
events in their own lives to that of the
characters in the books
• To instill and cultivate the value of self-
• To allow children the freedom to direct
conversation in a ways that are personally
•To make my classroom more student-centered
•To give feedback quickly
•To manage and document individual’s work –
in school and out
•To engage students in a multimedia rich
•To expose students to safe online experiences
•To offer access to online enrichment exercises
that relate to the themes of friendship, labeling,
bullying, prejudice and resilience
•To do online research and surveys
• Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning
• Moodle is basically a shell for an online course. It
offers ways to share course resources, links,
announcements and a calendar with students – and
much, much more!
• Developed by Martin Dougiamas. He grew up in a
remote region of Australia and communicated with his
school via short wave radio.
• Pedagogy is the inspiration & driving force behind
What is Moodle?
• Students can lead their own conversations in forums.
• Students can take initiative for their learning, both in school and
• Teacher can offer feedback quickly and can manage assessment
in a central, easily accessible location.
• Teachers are free to develop their own courses in a way that suits
their pedagogical goals.
• Students can work in a safe, online environment where they can
access resources and interact with each other.
• The environment is a total course environment: materials, grades,
other students, assignments, activities – all available in one
place, easily accessible from any computer with an Internet
Moodle is right for this project because:
Don’t take it from us.
Hear what the students
have to say.
• Student centered, student led
• Allows all students to have voice heard
• Helps teachers to keep an eye on cyber-bullying and
creates teachable moments around Netiquette issues
• Next time?
– Instructions for performing computer/online tasks
– Peer evaluation
– Student-created projects
How to get Moodle at your School
• Select and register a domain name or use an
existing domain your school has already
• Host the domain at a site that supports a
Moodle install, like BlueHost.com, which
• OR, select a Moodle partner like Remote-
• Diana’s Moodle bookmarks in Delicious
• Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers
• Slide show: Can we have some Moodle
• Moodle documentation on Moodle.org