Teaching Mathematics with Moodle presented by Ian Wild author of Packt Publishing's “Moodle 1.9 Math”
What will we be doing together? <ul><li>Installing and configuring  math notation filters  (Algebra, ASCIIMathML, jsMath a...
What is a “ math notation filter” ? <ul><li>Moodle filters through the text in your course (including forums) looking for ...
The Algebra Filter <ul><li>...is the easiest to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Moodle admin needs to visit the Site Administr...
The TeX Filter <ul><li>Are you familiar with TeX? </li></ul><ul><li>Need to install the correct components on your server ...
jsMath Filter <ul><li>Also uses TeX typesetting format. </li></ul><ul><li>Installation instructions available at </li></ul...
ASCIIMathML Filter <ul><li>Contains a math notation filter AND a graphing tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Format your math between...
DragMath – math notation editor <ul><li>Free drag and drop mathematical notation editor. </li></ul><ul><li>Adds a new butt...
GeoGebra dynamic worksheets <ul><li>Download the desktop app from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.geogebra.org </li></ul>...
System For Teaching and Assessment using a Computer algebra Kernel <ul><li>... otherwise known as STACK </li></ul><ul><li>...
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Teaching Mathematics With Moodle

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

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