Reading, Writing, and VLEs

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The tools of “the read-write web” will dramatically impact education as we know it. This presentation demonstrates how virtual learning environments, such as Moodle, can be used to not only support reading and writing, but to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities.

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Reading, Writing, and VLEs

  1. 1. Reading, Writing and VLEs http://sqooltools.com The names SqoolTools and SqoolTools.com and the SqoolTools Logo are Service marks of SqoolTechs, LLC Diana Dell [email_address] Vince Szewczyk [email_address]
  2. 2. The tools of “the read-write web” will dramatically impact education as we know it. This presentation demonstrates how virtual learning environments, such as Moodle, can be used to not only support reading and writing, but to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities.
  3. 3. <ul><li>In regard to reading and writing, this presentation will focus on: </li></ul><ul><li>Uses of standard Moodle-based tools </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of other Web 2.0 tools within Moodle-based VLEs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Intention-Attention Factor
  5. 5. It is all about YOU!
  6. 6. “ 96 percent U.S. teens and ‘tweens with online access use social networking technologies, such as chatting, text messaging, blogging, and visiting online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz.” Source : http://www.nsba.org/site/doc.asp?TRACKID=&VID=2&CID=90&DID=41336
  7. 7. Source: http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2007/11/technology-usag.html Digital Disconnect?
  8. 8. “ There is no doubt that these online teen hangouts are having a huge influence on how kids today are creatively thinking and behaving. The challenge for educators is that they have to keep pace with how students are using these tools in positive ways and consider how they might incorporate this technology into the school setting.” Source : http://www.nsba.org/site/doc.asp?TRACKID=&VID=2&CID=90&DID=41336
  9. 9. Web 2.0 is about sharing and collaboration!
  10. 10. Teaching 1.0 2.0 SHIFT HAPPENS Is it time to retool your teaching? Retooling Teaching
  11. 11. Concerns?
  12. 12. What tools are out there? How can these tools be used to support teaching and learning?
  13. 13. How can it ALL be organized?
  14. 14. “ To be practical, these applications need to be embedded in an educational platform that can deliver complete learning activities online and then assess student progress as they work through these activities. Teachers and educators should be able to customize the activities and assessments so that they can tailor the learning strategies to the needs and interests of the students.” ~Bob Tinker, President of Concord Consortium
  15. 15. Moodle? Virtual Learning Environment? What is......
  16. 16. Moodle is an open source, e-learning platform or Virtual Learning Environment. Moodle is designed to help educators create online learning spaces that allows for rich interaction. Allows for embedding or linking to Web 2.0 tools.
  17. 17. <ul><li>Moodle-based VLEs provide a walled garden </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher controls who has access to the garden </li></ul>
  18. 18. Learning one application (Moodle) will enable you to use many tools!
  19. 19. This stuff is TOO EASY not to use! Graphic Organizers Fill-in-the- blank web forms Scaffolds Step-by-step process Teaching 1.0 Graphic Organizers Graphic Organizers Teaching 2.0
  20. 20. How to embed code in Moodle-based VLEs? In any area that utilizes the HTML editor, click the &quot;Toggle HTML Source&quot; icon ( <> ). Copy and paste the embed code into the text area and save.
  21. 21. What's out there? <ul><ul><ul><li>Upload any picture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Select the mouth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul></ul></ul>A talking picture!
  22. 22. What's out there? mEgo 1. Create an avatar 2. Complete forms to create a profile
  23. 23. What's out there? Coming Soon!
  24. 24. What's out there?
  25. 25. What's out there? <ul><li>Create slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>Upload </li></ul><ul><li>Embed </li></ul>
  26. 26. 50 more Web 2.0 Tools http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
  27. 27. Replace ADD
  28. 28. Teaching 1.0 Teaching 2.0 All About Me PowerPoint mEgo Avatar Creative Writing- Final Draft on paper Blabberize Journal Blogs and Tags Traditional Groupwork Wiki Collaboration
  29. 29. Intention-Attention Factor
  30. 30. “ The challenge for educators is that they have to keep pace with how students are using these tools in positive ways and consider how they might incorporate this technology into the school setting.” What will you do to meet the challenge?
  31. 31. Request a FREE virtual classroom at SqoolTools.com
  32. 32. http://sqooltechs.com © 2007 SqoolTechs, LLC The names SqoolTools and SqoolTools.com; and the SqoolTools Logo are service marks of SqoolTechs, LLC

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