All Aboard is rising to the challenge identified in the national Digital Roadmap of building our ‘digital capacity,’ not just in terms of infrastructure, but also in terms of people, their skills, their levels of confidence and their ability to critique and challenge pre-conceptions.
Today we released the first beta of Edorble, a 3D virtual world where teachers and students can come together to talk, browse the web, and explore. We couldn’t be more excited. Go ahead and claim a world at www.edorble.com
Quiz is one of the most popular – and powerful activities in Moodle. Alongside its many standard features, there are over 80 Quiz plugins allowing you to customise it to your needs. 1. Word your questions wisely: The challenge from … Continue reading →
Recently, Google released a brand new version of Google Sites (see my thoughts on this here). Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to work with several classrooms on creating digital portfolios using some simple keystrokes and a little bit of Google Apps.
In this video, you will learn how easy it is to use "New" Google Sites as a Student Portfolio development tool.
How are you using Google Sites with your students? Please us some comments and ideas below.
A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement.
The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there’s a lot we still don’t know — or at least that we’re not doing to make them effective tools for learning.
First, a quick overview of the studies and their results:
Last fall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development published its first-ever, and one of the largest-ever, international analyses of student access to computers and how that relates to student learning. (The OECD administers the PISA test, the world-famous international academic ranking.)
For this report, the researchers asked millions of high school students in dozens of countries about their access to computers both in the classroom and at home, and compared their answers to scores on the 2012 PISA. Here’s the money quote:
“Students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most learning outcomes, even after controlling for social background and student demographics.”
Moodle being an online learning platform can be used for teaching different streams and subjects. However, teaching the computer programming will remain an important aspect of online learning.
If you have ever thought of teaching programming in Moodle, then you might have heard about VPL activity plugin which stands for Virtual Programming Lab whose salient features are:
* Enable to edit the programs source code in the browser * Students can run interactively programs in the browser * You can run tests to review the programs. * Allows searching for similarity between files. * Allows setting editing restrictions and avoiding external text pasting.
Aldo Von Wangenheim, the Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC has written a book Titled “Developing Programming Courses With Moodle And VPL“ for people who teach programming based on their experience with Moodle/VPL in Computer Sciences and Engineering courses at UFSC. The book is a step by step guide for novice teachers wanting to start using VPL in their course along with a detailed report, describing experiences that anyone can reproduce, showing all the possibilities that VPL can offer in conjunction with Moodle.
To grab your copy of the book, please check out this link.
When it comes to creating a course in Moodle, we often focus on the outcomes we need to cover and the assessments we want students to complete. And while these two aspects are important, there is another missing factor: the design of the course.
The Financial Times famously commented on the design of big online courses
"Ready to shake things up and give your learners a performance boost? Check out the Mix & Match Your Assessment Techniques to Boost Performance Infographic for ideas on how to mix and match assessment techniques for your next training program."
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