Want to see an amazing Mahara page used by a professional? Look no further than Don's page. Amazing design and one I show our students who sometimes think that mahara has no future beyond school lessons.
Notice the badges plugin which links his mozilla backpack to the site
Mahara page comparing GoogleDocs added via GoogleDocs plugin and those added via an allowed iframe source using v1.6
Google presentations have come on quite a bit since I last looked at them.
I like how they play in a Mahara page and still give you some functionality and features that are not available via a simple slideshare option.
In fact Google Drive seems far more impressive than when I last looked at it. The Publish to Web options is a nice addition which I had to be told about to get these pages embedded (Thanks Anita and Dirk) :O)
What I have not added is the frustration felt when Google changes/updates its features and the existing links/methods of embedding all change. It is good that Mahara gives you a number of ways of presenting the work although the iframe embed route is one that requires some training and is not the preferred way I would like explain to students.
Many schools of course use Google as their eportfolio package with students creating web pages using Google Sites. Haven't visited sites for a while and was a little put off that the ability of students to add in a number of "science education" apps that focused more on the biological side of things! (some 3-4yrs ago)
With the explosion of app development it is good to see more options and relevant features in the forefront although I have not searched to far off the beaten track...
Why is Sites not on the navigation menu any more for Drive - disappointing.
Mahara Version 1.5 allows you to embed iframes in Mahara throught text boxes (and pasting code in the HTML option).
The installation comes with a number of standard sites pre-set up eg YouTube, Glogster, Slideshare.
This excellent page on the Mahara wiki has been set up by Dirk Meyer (who teaches Maths, Science and Computing) and lists a number of addition iframe sources that you (as an administrator) can add to your Mahara list.
An entertaining read and thoughtful read. Oh for more people with his passion! The comments after are equally as valuable and of interest - especially the seond to last one. It is a bit of a shame that so much of this work is being discussed by people outside of my secondary school (11-16yrs) interests.
My friend Muriel wanted to take a risk and do something different for her observed lesson - we created a Moodle course for a 3 lesson project. Took us a couple of days but we are really pleased with the results.
Here is a brief look at what we did.
Next step is to add in the assessment features - I'm think designing a series of quiz questions that depending on the answer students give will give htem an indication on what level they will receive. Answers will also have feedback on what they can do to improve.
Students will upload work to their Mahara page for peer and teacher review
I made a Blooms Taxonomy poster to fit on one side of A4 to go inside student's booklets as an aide memoire for our work with Mahara in English and getting students to recognise higher order thinking skills in submitted work.