The Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for teachers has officially started this week, and I’ve been learning lots about the new version of Moodle (2.5) that will be installed in the near future at WUSD.
There are over 7500 teachers from around the globe taking the class right now, including some from such exotic places as Whiteriver, Canyon Day, and Alchesay. You can still register for the class and participate even though it has officially started. The forums in the class are a great place to ask questions and get answers quickly (I’ve been taking full advantage.)
- I’ve uploaded about 30 new videos and a couple of “books” of information for new teachers from the Learn Moodle Course. You can access these materials through the Tech Resource Page and at the direct link here. (Scroll down to find all of the videos).
- Did I mention we will be upgrading our Online Classrooms (Moodle) in the near future? Here are some of the new features you might like about the new version:
- You can drag and drop files onto your page to simplify the uploading process.
- It’s a simpler and cleaner interface for beginners with not as much scrolling involved.
- More types and options for assignments.
- It works well with the ipad and other tablets. The page resizes based on the size of the screen you’re using.
- It includes “badges” with which you can reward students when they’ve accomplished or completed a task.
- The STEM units the Tech Ready Team is working on are being created in the new version of Moodle. The image below is a screen shot of the 3rd grade Cycles of Life Unit.