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Teaching Mathematics With Moodle

Teaching Mathematics With Moodle



Ian Wild's presentation for iMoot2010

Ian Wild's presentation for iMoot2010



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    • Teaching Mathematics with Moodle presented by Ian Wild author of Packt Publishing's “Moodle 1.9 Math”
    • What will we be doing together?
      • Installing and configuring math notation filters (Algebra, ASCIIMathML, jsMath and TeX).
      • Installing and configuring the notation editor DragMath.
      • Practice including mathematical notation and plots (we'll try this out using the iMoot course).
      • Including interactive mathematical worksheets using GeoGebra.
      • Learning how Moodle can mark math questions using the Computer Aided Assessment system called STACK
    • What is a “ math notation filter” ?
      • Moodle filters through the text in your course (including forums) looking for special markers.
      • The filter will convert the text between the special markers and replace it with math.
      • The marker depends on the type of filter.
      • The format of the text between the markers depends on the filter.
      • Each filter usually has a special “debug” page for testing if something goes wrong.
    • The Algebra Filter
      • ...is the easiest to use.
      • Your Moodle admin needs to visit the Site Administration block, click on Modules | Filters | Manage filters
      • Find Algebra Notation in the list and poke it in the eye
      • Test the filter by inserting a fraction: In an HTML Editor anywhere in a course enter @@1/2@@
      • The Algebra filter is great for inserting simple notation.
    • The TeX Filter
      • Are you familiar with TeX?
      • Need to install the correct components on your server – e.g. TeX Live (UNIX), MiKTeX (Windows), MacTeX (Macintosh)
      • Turn on the TeX Notation filter from the Site Administration block (Site Administration block, click on Modules | Filters | Manage filters)
      • The TeX filter will fall back to using Mimetex if LaTeX isn't installed properly.
      • Test the filter using the texdebug page:
        • http://www.yourmoodlesite.com/filter/tex/texdebug.php
      • Insert mathematical notation using $$ markers, e.g.
        • $$frac{1}{2}$$
    • jsMath Filter
      • Also uses TeX typesetting format.
      • Installation instructions available at
        • http://cvs.moodle.org/contrib/plugins/filter/jsmath/README.txt?view=markup
      • jsMath can render in the browser or on the server. It will require the correct fonts to be installed (and there can be a lot of them).
    • ASCIIMathML Filter
      • Contains a math notation filter AND a graphing tool.
      • Format your math between back-ticks:
        • e.g. `1/2`
      • Include plots using the plot command (also supports parametric equations):
        • e.g. `egin{graph} plot(x^2) end{graph}`
      • More information on ASCIIsvg can be found at
        • http://www1.chapman.edu/~jipsen/svg/asciisvgcommands.html
      • Activate the ASCIIMathML filter using a custom theme.
    • DragMath – math notation editor
      • Free drag and drop mathematical notation editor.
      • Adds a new button into Moodle's HTML Editor.
      • Intuitive and easy to use.
      • NOTE: Requires Flash.
    • GeoGebra dynamic worksheets
      • Download the desktop app from
        • http://www.geogebra.org
      • Include a GeoGebra worksheet in your Moodle course with a dedicated filter (need Flash installed in the browser)
      • GeoGebra re-enforces the relationship between algebraic relationships and their graphical representation.
      • Good set of free worksheets available from...
        • http://www.geogebra.org/en/wiki/index.php/English
    • System For Teaching and Assessment using a Computer algebra Kernel
      • ... otherwise known as STACK
      • Good set of installation instructions (and community support) at
        • http://stack.bham.ac.uk/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
      • Need to install Maxima and GNUPLOT on your server
        • http://maxima.sourceforge.net
        • http://www.gnuplot.info
      • A new block is installed allowing you to control the STACK system directly from your Moodle course.
      • A new question type is installed; ' Opaque '.
      • NOTE: STACK currently uses the jsMath filter.