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Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
Canada  Moodle  Moot 2009
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Canada Moodle Moot 2009

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A sampling of what was done when confronted with a class of ESL or EFL learners using Moodle. Blocks are a powerful means of facilitating on line and blended sessions as their visual characteristics …

A sampling of what was done when confronted with a class of ESL or EFL learners using Moodle. Blocks are a powerful means of facilitating on line and blended sessions as their visual characteristics allow easy location.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. impetus <ul><li>Moodle Majilis presentation in Oman by Stuart Mealor </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.elearning.org.nz/login/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>provide the students with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>variety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consistency in learning </li></ul></ul>
  • 3. Background - Budget <ul><li>“ Zero” </li></ul><ul><li>developed at home in evenings </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Support </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nil” </li></ul>
  • 4. Students <ul><li>EFL learners in a foundations program </li></ul>
  • 5.  
  • 6. Course <ul><li>3 hours each that focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>safety vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technical vocabulary </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. plus <ul><li>3 additional hours per day studying English grammar </li></ul><ul><li>(none of this content is in Moodle) </li></ul>
  • 8. Modes <ul><li>blended (in the face-to-face classroom) </li></ul><ul><li>on-line used by students at home </li></ul>
  • 9. Topics area <ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Glossaries </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoints </li></ul><ul><li>PDFs </li></ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Text documents </li></ul>
  • 10. Standard Blocks <ul><li>Standard Blocks include …… </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming events </li></ul><ul><li>Search forums </li></ul><ul><li>Random Glossary Entry </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul>
  • 11. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>a random single visual and text item that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s technical & safety vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn from the course glossaries </li></ul>
  • 12. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>Student of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Random rotation </li></ul><ul><li>motivational tool </li></ul><ul><li>student has special responsibilities in the class </li></ul>
  • 13. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>Glossary Creation Block </li></ul><ul><li>students input their assigned terms to a Moodle glossary </li></ul><ul><li>great activity </li></ul>
  • 14. Remote RSS Feeds Block <ul><li>RSS feed subscription… ”ESL worksheets” </li></ul><ul><li>extra tasks </li></ul>
  • 15. Remote RSS Feeds Block <ul><li>BBCLearning - ESL/EFL dedicated current events site </li></ul>
  • 16. Non standard blocks <ul><li>HTML Blocks only </li></ul><ul><li>None from Moodle.org - Modules and plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Reason: no dedicated support and erratic upgrades </li></ul>
  • 17. HTML Blocks creation <ul><li>Acquire the embed code from the web2.0 site </li></ul><ul><li>Open a new HTML block </li></ul><ul><li>Toggle HTML source </li></ul><ul><li>Paste <EMBED> code </li></ul>
  • 18. Information poster <ul><li>contact details about the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>yes, a phone number is a good idea but…… </li></ul>
  • 19. Translation tool <ul><li>launches English to Arabic Google translation tool </li></ul><ul><li>used as a bridge for terms </li></ul><ul><li>alternative as some of the students could not afford mandatory digital translators </li></ul>
  • 20. Safety Word poster <ul><li>a colourful visual that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s safety vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>it can be printed to be used as a search and identify activity (Wordle.com) </li></ul>
  • 21. Technical Word poster <ul><li>can be printed for classroom display </li></ul><ul><li>Wordle.com </li></ul>
  • 22. Another “Wordle” use <ul><li>visual of course participants </li></ul>
  • 23. Esthetic collage display <ul><li>animated sequence of student portraits </li></ul><ul><li>a result of a digital picture taking activity </li></ul><ul><li>Slide.com </li></ul>
  • 24. Internet Search <ul><li>Exception: Moodle.org </li></ul><ul><li>quick access to Google search </li></ul><ul><li>launches a full Google search window </li></ul>
  • 25. Basic web link <ul><li>a link to the sponsor’s website </li></ul>
  • 26. Job search skills <ul><li>extension of basic job search skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Web2.0 skills….. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>registering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uploading </li></ul></ul>
  • 27. TeacherTube videos <ul><li>TeacherTube the site - not the channel </li></ul><ul><li>targeted lessons </li></ul><ul><li>played within the block </li></ul>
  • 28. Visual thesaurus <ul><li>creates word relationship diagrams </li></ul>
  • 29. ESLVideo Quizzes <ul><li>nice resource of videos with a quick quiz </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes resources cannot be wedged in! </li></ul><ul><li>problem in block due to dimensions </li></ul><ul><li>embed as a separate ”weblink” in the topics section of the course </li></ul>
  • 30. Focused Pronunciation <ul><li>Forvo for listening to discrete items and pronunciation </li></ul>
  • 31. Links to visual data <ul><li>graphs through Swivel </li></ul><ul><li>create or read a graph </li></ul>
  • 32. Step by step procedures <ul><li>sequencing for writing or speaking </li></ul><ul><li>eHow.com </li></ul>
  • 33. Quick access to presentations <ul><li>Slideshare.com </li></ul><ul><li>sharing of presentations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tool Presentations” </li></ul>
  • 34. Animated screen tutorials <ul><li>ScreenCast.com </li></ul><ul><li>provide required tutorials for computer based tasks </li></ul>
  • 35. Hot Potatoes Content <ul><li>external Hot Potatoes Content </li></ul>
  • 36. Building an avatar <ul><li>body attributes using nouns and adjectives </li></ul>
  • 37. Charting the weather <ul><li>chart vocabulary (trends) </li></ul><ul><li>weather terms </li></ul>
  • 38. Visitor’s map <ul><li>Clustrmap.com </li></ul><ul><li>Not very successful due to “closed” Moodle </li></ul>
  • 39. Personality & Description <ul><li>http://www.41q.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Your personality type : Warm-hearted, popular and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function. </li></ul>
  • 40. Polls <ul><li>create polls for external community </li></ul><ul><li>Ask500people.com </li></ul>
  • 41. Non standard blocks add <ul><li>variety to this course </li></ul><ul><li>consistency/routines </li></ul><ul><li>visual appeal </li></ul><ul><li>ease of location for ESL learners </li></ul><ul><li>seemingly unlimited potential </li></ul>
  • 42. Stuart’s course employs: <ul><li>Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>FaceBook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Slide </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace….. </li></ul>
  • 43. Thank you

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