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