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Moodling to the future noanim

  1. 1. Moodling Our Way to the Future Using an Online Classroom to Engage Students in Literature
  2. 2. The Spinelli Project Students read Jerry Spinelli’s autobiography 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 Spinelli’s books. … online
  3. 3. • 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- initiative • To allow children the freedom to direct conversation in a ways that are personally meaningful. Learning Goals
  4. 4. Teacher Goals •To make my classroom more student-centered and student-led •To give feedback quickly •To manage and document individual’s work – in school and out
  5. 5. Technology Goals •To engage students in a multimedia rich environment •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
  6. 6. • Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment • Huh? • 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 Moodle. What is Moodle?
  7. 7. • Students can lead their own conversations in forums. • Students can take initiative for their learning, both in school and at home. • 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 connection. Moodle is right for this project because:
  8. 8. Bullying Survey – (SurveyMonkey.com)
  9. 9. Reflections on Friendship
  10. 10. Intro. to Author
  11. 11. “Loser” Forum
  12. 12. “Maniac Magee” Forum
  13. 13. Wordle Inserted into Forum
  14. 14. Grading View
  15. 15. Don’t take it from us. Hear what the students have to say.
  16. 16. Reflections • 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
  17. 17. How to get Moodle at your School • Select and register a domain name or use an existing domain your school has already registered. • Host the domain at a site that supports a Moodle install, like BlueHost.com, which offers cPanel. • OR, select a Moodle partner like Remote- Learner.net.
  18. 18. Moodle Resources • Diana’s Moodle bookmarks in Delicious • Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers • Slide show: Can we have some Moodle please? • Moodle documentation on Moodle.org

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