The Moodle Journal chronicles using podcasts, streaming, downloads, training, metadata, scorm, lessons, quizzes, forums, chat, journals, LAMS, Mahara and assignments in the deployment of the Moodle vle as part of our e-learning programme here at Bromley College.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Well worth a Listen
Not quit a predication but the title of a really
informative, thought provoking and even controversial short series of
broadcasts from BBC4 Radio by Sarah Montague called My teacher is an App that investigate ‘The classroom of the Future’, ‘The
University of the Future’ and ending with ‘An Education Revolution?’ this final
episode features a lively debate from a good cross section of interested
parties. I must say the series really
gave me valuable insight into the many ways that technology is finding its way
into the classroom around the world. Not too surprising there was one case
where the application of technology was seen as a means to leverage outcomes
while at the same time providing opportunities to rationalise resources, as in
teachers, mmm. For the children of Silicon Valley’s hi-tech giants employees it
seems that school does not include the use of computers before the age of
thirteen! now that one was a surprise that I was most certainly not expecting.
I recommend a listen and please feel free to comment.
Since I first began to make use of the Moodle vle here
at college one of the activities that I bought into very early was the use of
Forums. I use them in-class to acquire research findings, uploading extension activities
set during the session, which we then use for presentation and open discussion
later in the class plenary, and beyond class time forums are great for
maintaining engagement with collaborative projects. And I guess I felt I had
the use of forums just about nailed, when recently one of the class suggested that
I set up a forum for use purely as an FAQ that could be posted to and answered by
myself or other class members, great idea, and it is proving useful to such an
extent that I now have an FAQ forum on all my courses. So how about your own
use of forums? I see from the Poll I run on this blog ‘Which of Moodles
features do you find most useful’ , Forums are the third most popular features
of a vle, please feel free to comment.
Welcome to the Moodle Journal
Movies on the web. Below you will find a selection of Moodle and related eLearning video tutorials currently available on
the web. So please select an option and be sure to have popups enabled on your browser, and enjoy.
Moodle is a CMS or Course Management System, a software package designed to facilitate the creation and delivery of
online courses. You will come across such e-learning systems referred to as an LMS (Learning
Management Systems) and more commonly now as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Moodle is Open Source, this means you are
free to download, use, modify and even distribute under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Visit the moodle shop at
Audacity is a freeware audio editor that is
ideally suited for producing podcasts.
CamStudio from Macromedia is the easiest way
to create interactive demonstrations and software simulations in Flash format, and includes visible and audible mouse
CourseGenie is a tool that will help you to
take course material in Word format and efficiently transform it into a dynamic online course.
Just give EclipseCrossword a list of words
and clues, and it does the rest. In seconds, you'll have a crossword puzzle with just the words you want.
Doppler is a podcast aggregator thats small
and easy to use.
RealProducer Helix Basic is perfect for
users who want to create quality webcasts, on demand audio and video and synchronised media.
Hot Potatoes is a suite of tools that allow
you to develop various quiz type exercises using a GUI interface, the output files can be run as webpages or imported into a
Lame is a plug-in for the Audacity audio
editor that will facilitate saving output in MP3 format.
Moodle is an Open source VLE designed to
facilitate the creation and delivery of online courses.
Pageflip is an open source Macromedia Flash
page turning book simulation that is ideal for small eBook projects.
A superb little application for interactive
white board work, allows students to drag statements, words, definitions to appropriate images, features scoring.
An add-on tool for MS Office PowerPoint 2003
lets you take your PowerPoint slides and synchronize them with audio and video
An open source JISC funded project (X4L
strand B) developing tools such as content packaging,Learning Technology and viewers to ADL and IMS Interoperability
Skype is a little program for making free
calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It’s free and easy to download and use, and works with most
ThinkLink is a free web based mind-mapping
A web based interactive white board
Windows Encoder ia a powerful production
for converting both live and prerecorded audio and video into Windows Media files or streams.
Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation
package,aimed at generating tutorials through screen capture incorporating callout boxes, buttons, titles etc..
A freeware Windows Podcast aggregator, that features a GUI interface and the ability to present Podcasts in realtime using streaming technology.