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101 creative ideas for                forums@vinnystocker
My intentions                     You m                                   want ight                                       ...
For use in blended teaching, or can be      adapted for remote learningNote - Most of these ideas willneed careful explana...
Buy one get two                    free!Some of these ideas you canuse for Glossaries andDatabases too!
How to set up Forumshttp://docs.moodle.org/   22/en/Using_Forum
How to set up Groups and       Groupingshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Grouping_users
3 PartsGeneral ideasSubject specific examples Using custom Scales for Ratings
General  ideas
AnticipateDiscuss what you think will happen next …………………            1
BlogAssign different students to blog aboutthe lessons you have taught2
Break it downThree or four persons selected from a grouppresent different aspects of a   problem for others to discuss    ...
Chat backIn a face-to-face lesson, pupils post questions.You reply verbally and the pupil posts a summary4
Close a forumClick the prevent icon (X) in the student role forStart new discussions & Reply toposts in the forum administ...
CommunityCreate   off topic discussions for your students6
ConvertA   graph into text                  7
ConvertAn   image into text                   8
ConvertText into a flowchart                    9
ConvertText into a graph10
ConvertText into a storyboard          11
Convert     Turn text into mind maps then      upload the image and rate                     each other12
Counting quality                     postsOnly rate quality posts, and use count ofratings to record the total. Set the Sc...
Diary Limit posts to one per day; each pupil starts onediscussion, replying to their own, including the day              o...
Discussion CarouselNormal forum, tell pupils they can onlyreply to the previously unanswered post,    then have to make a ...
Editing time Q & A. Use the 30 min editingtime to improve answers after            posting16
Eyes offTeacher only forum - hidden (fromstudents) in the forum settings17
Film the teacherAsk pupils to film your lessonsand upload to a forum              18
Front load the                       lessonPost material to be covered for pre-reading / pre-questioning19
Help!Help desk for homeworksupport                         20
HierarchyPupils arrange content in a list goingdown in levels of importance. Q & A                                        ...
IdeasHave students generate ideas on a topicor on a reading that you will address inclass                                 ...
HypothesiseWhat would happenif……..dinosaurs still existed?22
JobsGive students specific jobs for a forum. E.g..Summarise, illustrate, extend, exemplify etc24
Learning Style                     SelectorTeacher posts material in a variety of formats- Written, audio, video. Pupils r...
Line-up         stom       cu !     on ter  re laMo les  s caUse a custom scale to say how much you      agree or disagree...
NewsAutomatically created, for generalannouncements. - Use it! A great way to keepstudents updated27
One thingI learned today was……..28
One-to-OnePair up - One half of the students start adiscussion to explain an idea, the otherhalf reply to check understand...
OpinionsFind out your students opinions oncontent you have recently taught30
Out of timeContinue a verbal class discussion ifyou run out of time31
Pupil voiceGet pupils involved - askthem for ideas32
QuarantineQuarantine a post by splitting itand moving it to a hidden forum33
Quiz showGet students topose each other questions          34
RevisionArrange in pupils in groups. Pupilsresearch, discuss and summarisea particular revision topic35
Revision again!Teacher posts exam practicequestions. Q & A type forum36
Self selector Set different tasks as new discussions. Pupilschoose which to complete (5 out of 8) to               cover t...
SequencingLots of information jumbled up in the introduction. Q & A forum where they have to post in the correct order    ...
Similarities and                differencesTeacher posts two concepts. Pupils born in aneven month, reply with similaritie...
SnowballTeacher posts material. First two pupils reply Ive got it,and start new discussions summarising adding newcontent....
SpotlightTwo students post opposing views, followed byopen discussion by the rest of the group41
SuggestionsFor course improvements            42
SurgeryPupils post their learning problems forthe teacher (or others) to answer43
Teach the TeacherMake the learners teachers on yourcourse. See what they come up with                44
Today we….Teacher posts what was done in a face-to-face class eachday, for revision and   absent students45
Video DiaryPupils upload a video diaryand review each others46
VocabImprove each others posts todescribe an idea or create a story47
Subject  specificexamples
ArtFind a picture that is a good example of aparticular use of Line / Tone / Form andexplain why48
ArtPupils upload a photo of their work, anddescribe their creative process49
ArtTeacher posts an art work, pupils describe it                        with thoughts and feelings                        ...
Business studiesUpload video interviewswith business leaders51
ChemistryWhat is your favouriteelement and why?52
Design / TechnologyPupils post photos of their projectsafter every lesson, to show development53
DramaCollaboratively write a play54
DramaGive pupils a character and situation. Theirdiscussion forms Live Scripts that are                          acted out...
DramaPost a video clip of a particular piece, pupilsdiscuss the lighting and post similar examples56
EnglishDebate on a topic57
EnglishDescribe a typical day in your life as if you areone of Shakespeares characters58
EnglishDistil a section of prose into 140 character      Tweet and post as a reply                    59
EnglishHaiku poemsStarting their own,others reply,till three lines are written.60
EnglishPost a book review                61
English   Post separate words as new discussionsand have students define or give uses for them                            ...
EnglishRespond to each post from the point of view ofa particular character from the book you arestudying63
EnglishUse this image as a prompt to     write a short story             64
ESL / EALIdioms - give an example ofan idiom in context65
GeographyTreasure Hunt - Post a picture of a natural feature e.g.. LochNess, pupils have to find out where the picture was...
HistoryGuess Who - Teacher has a historical figure inmind, pupils ask questions to get YES / NOanswers, first to guess win...
HistoryTimeline - Pupils post about particularevents, carefully replying to each other, so that it displays in chronologic...
LanguagesAlphabet game - Post the name of a foodbeginning with A. The first person to reply       posts beginning with B e...
LanguagesTeacher posts an audio clip for students totranslate. Q & A type forum70
LanguagesTranslate each post as a reply71
LanguagesUpload a picture anddescribe it in French72
MathsPupils research a mathematician, posting a bio without    mentioning their name. Other pupils guess who it is        ...
MathsQ & A forum with calculationsset in the introduction74
MusicAsk pupils to record their songs andupload them for peer feedback75
MusicStudents post links       to YouTube music     videos that convey a particular feeling                               ...
PE Teacher posts a video of a complexmovement, then pupils upload a series of  stills of them carrying out the activity   ...
ScienceSpot the mistake - Post a video of the teacher doingan experiment unsafely - the pupils have to comment78
SciencePass the buck - First person describes ascientific process. Next person replies with aprocess that is linked and so...
SciencePost pictures to show weatheringnear you80
ScienceTake pictures of 3 or 4 living things and         arrange in a food chain                   81
ScienceUpload and critiqueexperiment write-ups         82
ScienceWord Filter - Post some scientific text on a Q & Aforum, pupils pick out keywords and define them83
Science Write a post about the biggestachievement of a famous Scientist               84
TextilesWhich designer had the biggest impact on 21Cfashion. Reply with pictures only85
Using customScales forRatings
How to let pupils             Rate Forumshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Forum_permissions#Locally_assigned_roles
How to set up custom scales - Playwith the Aggregate type settings, and        check any calculationshttp://docs.moodle.or...
A bit more….A scale to extend discussions.Please simplify, give me more, try toadd a few examples etc86
Bloom’s    A scale pupils can use to rate the level ofthinking in a post using Bloom’s taxonomy                           ...
De BonoA scale using the colours ofDe Bonos thinking hats88
ExemplarTeacher posts exemplar work of different levels andpupils rate them, to show what grade it deserves89
FeedbackRate todays lesson. Teacher asks            for feedback! / 5                              90
Feel good factorGreat post, Well done etc. A nice commentthat can be awarded to any post91
Names of charactersPupils post quotes others ratepicking which character theybelong to92
OutstandingA simple scale. Outstanding, Satisfactory,Unsatisfactory93
Revision questionsQ & A - set a question in the intro and post the marking criteria. Pupils grade each                    ...
RewardsA scale based on the rewards system used in                        your institution –                           Mer...
GardnersReply and rate posts using GardnersIntelligences. Intrapersonal, Linguistic,Logical -Mathematical etc96
Smilies:-) :-D ;-) :-/ V-. :-P ^-)(Moodle will not auto convert these as they are not in an html box)97
Stars★, ★★, ★★★, ★★★★,     Google for text symbols   ☃                               98
Traffic lightRate using Red, Amber, Greenwhether you understand the post99
Vote Collect votes and comments ona particular topic, design or idea                              100
And lastly, not to forgetA single simple discussionabout something!101
Anonymous posting  plugin by Juan Leyva -                  try it!http://docs.moodle.org/22/en /Anonymous_posting_plugin
Hopefully that gives  you something to        think about
Thanks!
http://about.me/     vinnystocker@vinnystocker
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  1. 1. 101 creative ideas for forums@vinnystocker
  2. 2. My intentions You m want ight t your o adjust moni tors!I hope to be able to give you a few ideas to take away and use in your teaching
  3. 3. For use in blended teaching, or can be adapted for remote learningNote - Most of these ideas willneed careful explanationin your forum introduction
  4. 4. Buy one get two free!Some of these ideas you canuse for Glossaries andDatabases too!
  5. 5. How to set up Forumshttp://docs.moodle.org/ 22/en/Using_Forum
  6. 6. How to set up Groups and Groupingshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Grouping_users
  7. 7. 3 PartsGeneral ideasSubject specific examples Using custom Scales for Ratings
  8. 8. General ideas
  9. 9. AnticipateDiscuss what you think will happen next ………………… 1
  10. 10. BlogAssign different students to blog aboutthe lessons you have taught2
  11. 11. Break it downThree or four persons selected from a grouppresent different aspects of a problem for others to discuss 3
  12. 12. Chat backIn a face-to-face lesson, pupils post questions.You reply verbally and the pupil posts a summary4
  13. 13. Close a forumClick the prevent icon (X) in the student role forStart new discussions & Reply toposts in the forum administration permissions5
  14. 14. CommunityCreate off topic discussions for your students6
  15. 15. ConvertA graph into text 7
  16. 16. ConvertAn image into text 8
  17. 17. ConvertText into a flowchart 9
  18. 18. ConvertText into a graph10
  19. 19. ConvertText into a storyboard 11
  20. 20. Convert Turn text into mind maps then upload the image and rate each other12
  21. 21. Counting quality postsOnly rate quality posts, and use count ofratings to record the total. Set the Scale as the max number of posts to count 13
  22. 22. Diary Limit posts to one per day; each pupil starts onediscussion, replying to their own, including the day of the week in the title 14
  23. 23. Discussion CarouselNormal forum, tell pupils they can onlyreply to the previously unanswered post, then have to make a new post 15
  24. 24. Editing time Q & A. Use the 30 min editingtime to improve answers after posting16
  25. 25. Eyes offTeacher only forum - hidden (fromstudents) in the forum settings17
  26. 26. Film the teacherAsk pupils to film your lessonsand upload to a forum 18
  27. 27. Front load the lessonPost material to be covered for pre-reading / pre-questioning19
  28. 28. Help!Help desk for homeworksupport 20
  29. 29. HierarchyPupils arrange content in a list goingdown in levels of importance. Q & A 21
  30. 30. IdeasHave students generate ideas on a topicor on a reading that you will address inclass 23
  31. 31. HypothesiseWhat would happenif……..dinosaurs still existed?22
  32. 32. JobsGive students specific jobs for a forum. E.g..Summarise, illustrate, extend, exemplify etc24
  33. 33. Learning Style SelectorTeacher posts material in a variety of formats- Written, audio, video. Pupils reply to the post withthe style that helped them the most25
  34. 34. Line-up stom cu ! on ter re laMo les s caUse a custom scale to say how much you agree or disagree with a particular statement 26
  35. 35. NewsAutomatically created, for generalannouncements. - Use it! A great way to keepstudents updated27
  36. 36. One thingI learned today was……..28
  37. 37. One-to-OnePair up - One half of the students start adiscussion to explain an idea, the otherhalf reply to check understanding29
  38. 38. OpinionsFind out your students opinions oncontent you have recently taught30
  39. 39. Out of timeContinue a verbal class discussion ifyou run out of time31
  40. 40. Pupil voiceGet pupils involved - askthem for ideas32
  41. 41. QuarantineQuarantine a post by splitting itand moving it to a hidden forum33
  42. 42. Quiz showGet students topose each other questions 34
  43. 43. RevisionArrange in pupils in groups. Pupilsresearch, discuss and summarisea particular revision topic35
  44. 44. Revision again!Teacher posts exam practicequestions. Q & A type forum36
  45. 45. Self selector Set different tasks as new discussions. Pupilschoose which to complete (5 out of 8) to cover the content 37
  46. 46. SequencingLots of information jumbled up in the introduction. Q & A forum where they have to post in the correct order 38
  47. 47. Similarities and differencesTeacher posts two concepts. Pupils born in aneven month, reply with similarities, odd replywith differences between them39
  48. 48. SnowballTeacher posts material. First two pupils reply Ive got it,and start new discussions summarising adding newcontent. Next four reply and so on….40
  49. 49. SpotlightTwo students post opposing views, followed byopen discussion by the rest of the group41
  50. 50. SuggestionsFor course improvements 42
  51. 51. SurgeryPupils post their learning problems forthe teacher (or others) to answer43
  52. 52. Teach the TeacherMake the learners teachers on yourcourse. See what they come up with 44
  53. 53. Today we….Teacher posts what was done in a face-to-face class eachday, for revision and absent students45
  54. 54. Video DiaryPupils upload a video diaryand review each others46
  55. 55. VocabImprove each others posts todescribe an idea or create a story47
  56. 56. Subject specificexamples
  57. 57. ArtFind a picture that is a good example of aparticular use of Line / Tone / Form andexplain why48
  58. 58. ArtPupils upload a photo of their work, anddescribe their creative process49
  59. 59. ArtTeacher posts an art work, pupils describe it with thoughts and feelings 50
  60. 60. Business studiesUpload video interviewswith business leaders51
  61. 61. ChemistryWhat is your favouriteelement and why?52
  62. 62. Design / TechnologyPupils post photos of their projectsafter every lesson, to show development53
  63. 63. DramaCollaboratively write a play54
  64. 64. DramaGive pupils a character and situation. Theirdiscussion forms Live Scripts that are acted out later 55
  65. 65. DramaPost a video clip of a particular piece, pupilsdiscuss the lighting and post similar examples56
  66. 66. EnglishDebate on a topic57
  67. 67. EnglishDescribe a typical day in your life as if you areone of Shakespeares characters58
  68. 68. EnglishDistil a section of prose into 140 character Tweet and post as a reply 59
  69. 69. EnglishHaiku poemsStarting their own,others reply,till three lines are written.60
  70. 70. EnglishPost a book review 61
  71. 71. English Post separate words as new discussionsand have students define or give uses for them 62
  72. 72. EnglishRespond to each post from the point of view ofa particular character from the book you arestudying63
  73. 73. EnglishUse this image as a prompt to write a short story 64
  74. 74. ESL / EALIdioms - give an example ofan idiom in context65
  75. 75. GeographyTreasure Hunt - Post a picture of a natural feature e.g.. LochNess, pupils have to find out where the picture was taken66
  76. 76. HistoryGuess Who - Teacher has a historical figure inmind, pupils ask questions to get YES / NOanswers, first to guess wins67
  77. 77. HistoryTimeline - Pupils post about particularevents, carefully replying to each other, so that it displays in chronological order 68
  78. 78. LanguagesAlphabet game - Post the name of a foodbeginning with A. The first person to reply posts beginning with B etc 69
  79. 79. LanguagesTeacher posts an audio clip for students totranslate. Q & A type forum70
  80. 80. LanguagesTranslate each post as a reply71
  81. 81. LanguagesUpload a picture anddescribe it in French72
  82. 82. MathsPupils research a mathematician, posting a bio without mentioning their name. Other pupils guess who it is 73
  83. 83. MathsQ & A forum with calculationsset in the introduction74
  84. 84. MusicAsk pupils to record their songs andupload them for peer feedback75
  85. 85. MusicStudents post links to YouTube music videos that convey a particular feeling 76
  86. 86. PE Teacher posts a video of a complexmovement, then pupils upload a series of stills of them carrying out the activity 77
  87. 87. ScienceSpot the mistake - Post a video of the teacher doingan experiment unsafely - the pupils have to comment78
  88. 88. SciencePass the buck - First person describes ascientific process. Next person replies with aprocess that is linked and so on79
  89. 89. SciencePost pictures to show weatheringnear you80
  90. 90. ScienceTake pictures of 3 or 4 living things and arrange in a food chain 81
  91. 91. ScienceUpload and critiqueexperiment write-ups 82
  92. 92. ScienceWord Filter - Post some scientific text on a Q & Aforum, pupils pick out keywords and define them83
  93. 93. Science Write a post about the biggestachievement of a famous Scientist 84
  94. 94. TextilesWhich designer had the biggest impact on 21Cfashion. Reply with pictures only85
  95. 95. Using customScales forRatings
  96. 96. How to let pupils Rate Forumshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Forum_permissions#Locally_assigned_roles
  97. 97. How to set up custom scales - Playwith the Aggregate type settings, and check any calculationshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Scales#Creating_a_new_scale
  98. 98. A bit more….A scale to extend discussions.Please simplify, give me more, try toadd a few examples etc86
  99. 99. Bloom’s A scale pupils can use to rate the level ofthinking in a post using Bloom’s taxonomy 87
  100. 100. De BonoA scale using the colours ofDe Bonos thinking hats88
  101. 101. ExemplarTeacher posts exemplar work of different levels andpupils rate them, to show what grade it deserves89
  102. 102. FeedbackRate todays lesson. Teacher asks for feedback! / 5 90
  103. 103. Feel good factorGreat post, Well done etc. A nice commentthat can be awarded to any post91
  104. 104. Names of charactersPupils post quotes others ratepicking which character theybelong to92
  105. 105. OutstandingA simple scale. Outstanding, Satisfactory,Unsatisfactory93
  106. 106. Revision questionsQ & A - set a question in the intro and post the marking criteria. Pupils grade each other after they post 94
  107. 107. RewardsA scale based on the rewards system used in your institution – Merits, Credits etc 95
  108. 108. GardnersReply and rate posts using GardnersIntelligences. Intrapersonal, Linguistic,Logical -Mathematical etc96
  109. 109. Smilies:-) :-D ;-) :-/ V-. :-P ^-)(Moodle will not auto convert these as they are not in an html box)97
  110. 110. Stars★, ★★, ★★★, ★★★★, Google for text symbols ☃ 98
  111. 111. Traffic lightRate using Red, Amber, Greenwhether you understand the post99
  112. 112. Vote Collect votes and comments ona particular topic, design or idea 100
  113. 113. And lastly, not to forgetA single simple discussionabout something!101
  114. 114. Anonymous posting plugin by Juan Leyva - try it!http://docs.moodle.org/22/en /Anonymous_posting_plugin
  115. 115. Hopefully that gives you something to think about
  116. 116. Thanks!
  117. 117. http://about.me/ vinnystocker@vinnystocker
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