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Moodle and Mahara
A collection of resources, helpguides and videos in my role as Director of e-learning at Perins School. Some thoughts can be found on twitter at www.twitter.com/moodle2mahara
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Mobile phone emulator (by COWEMO)

Mobile phone emulator that enables you to test the display of any website in many cell phones.
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Super free tool that lets you see what your website or LMS looks like on a mobile phone. 

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Professional ePortfolio: Don Presant - Savvyfolio.net

Professional ePortfolio: Don Presant - Savvyfolio.net | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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

 

Wonder what theme this is?

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SkyDrive and Mahara Part 4: Can you do the same thing?

SkyDrive and Mahara Part 4: Can you do the same thing? | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

So, is it possible to do the same thing with SkyDrive and Mahara?

 

YES!!!

 

I get a bit carried away in this presentation but the potential of this features is AWESOME. Has huge impact for collaborative work and sharing resources.

 

Also makes Mahara pages far more visual and allows students to "seamlessly" move from day to day work on Office applications to a Mahara platform.

 

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Spotlight on Mahara 1.8

Presentation by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner on Mahara 1.8 at the October Mahara User Group meeting online on 8/9 October 2013. Audio also available at https://archiv
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Some really good things coming in v1.8

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BOLT Open Badge Showcase

BOLT Open Badge Showcase | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
BOLT Open Badges
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Great introduction to badge use at Higher Education and designs

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My CPD Plugin for Mahara

My CPD Plugin for Mahara | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Plugin for Mahara v1.3 and upwards. Similar in design to My Plans and My Portfolio.

 

Can be exported as a separate HTML page too. 

 

Available from GitHub - https://github.com/geoffrowland/mahara-artefact_cpds

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Moodle Developer Meeting April 2013

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Developers meeting to discuss Moodle 2.5

 

Some great features discussed here and always nice to have them explained and shown rather than just reading about it.

 

Moodle badges discussed at 13:30mins by Simon Coggins.

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Embedding Google Docs - Perins Mahara

Embedding Google Docs - Perins Mahara | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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)

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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.

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FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software

FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
FlipSnack is a flipping book software that lets you convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications that you can embed into your website.
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Another from the SnackTools stable. Create great ebooks that are embedded on your Mahara page.

 

You need to convert the page first into a pdf file. You only get 15pages with the free account by the way.

 

Enter: files.flipsnack.com/iframe/embed.html in your allowed list.

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PhotoSnack | Free photo slideshow maker

PhotoSnack | Free photo slideshow maker | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
PhotoSnack is an online photo slideshow maker that allows you to create professional photo slideshows and share them on the web. Flash photo slideshow.
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From the SnackTools range. This works brilliantly in Mahara if you add in the iframe link to your allowed sites list and embed in a text box:

 

files.photosnack.com/iframejs/embed.html works for me.

 

Huge choice of slideshows to use with the bonus that you can also add in music

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Mahara 4 schools

Mahara ePortfolio as it meets the needs of formal learning primarily in K-12. Other presentations describe other applications of Mahara.

Via Sigi Jakob
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Great summary presentation of mahara and associated pedagogy. lots of good examples and links to other schools and institutions.

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Allowed iframe sources - Mahara Wiki

Allowed iframe sources - Mahara Wiki | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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.

 

He welcomes further contributions.

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Scratching the Surface (Take 5)

Scratching the Surface (Take 5) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Been using a lot of Mahara recently as we develop more confidence in using it as our e-portfolio tool of choice to present, store, share and assess students work. I am now using Mahara in my Year 7...

 

Blog post on work with Mahara in Year 7 and 8 and also looking at the "new" Scratch plugin.

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ContentGenerator.net - create your own Educational Flash games

ContentGenerator.net - create your own Educational Flash games | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

It is an awesome site anyway with a number of free download FLASH games to use and a ridiculously cheap prices for amazing software suites.

 

What makes it even better is that with the Mahara Flash player you can upload your SWF file, select the External Media block and hey presto you have a quiz you can play that is embedded on your page!

 

Brilliant stuff

 

Here is one in action (rather dull I'll admit): http://mahara.perins.net/view/view.php?t=zdKkxXCTF2Q8RGqjUtZf

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SkyDrive and Mahara

SkyDrive and Mahara | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

A Mahara page showing embedded Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF files via SkyDrive. Publisher does not work so well

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Open Badges

Open Badges | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Good discourse through Moodle badges showing progres being made on this feature. Links to Mozilla as repository but no mention of Mahara :O(

 

Great to see different contributions from other locations although all mainly colleges.

 

Interesting to read about the complaints for badges (slide 12) and the idea that badges are showcasing skills in the same way CVs do (slides 15-17).

 

Really interesting to see developing use of badges to assess staff skills (slides 28-36)!

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Retractable feature in Mahara 1.7

Retractable feature in Mahara 1.7 - love it!
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A silent video showing the retreactable feature in Mahara v1.7. Works really well particularly when you are creating Mahara pages with loads of details

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13.1. Open Badges — Mahara 1.7 user manual

13.1. Open Badges — Mahara 1.7 user manual | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Via Jasmin Hodge
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This is a great work around!

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Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, June 4, 2013 2:55 AM

An excellent work around to display open badges in Mahara eportfolios, just until Mahara becomes a backpack :)

Sigi Jakob's curator insight, October 23, 2013 3:34 AM

worked fine for me!

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Pros and Cons of Mahara and Google - Shared Doc

Contribute to this Google Doc listing the Pros and Cons of Mahara and Google for eportfolios.

 

Was originally set up in answer to a tweet asking for the pros and cons of Mahara and Google for use in developing an eportfolio for staff professional development.

 

Please add and share.....

 

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JISC RSC SE Moodle Forum - Mahara Workshop

These are the slides I used to accompany the hands-on workshop using the demo.mahara.org website.

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Hey! We get a mention on one of Sam's slides. Great presentation - love the venn diagram model of the "Mahara Uses"

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Why Mahara – and how to help others get it

Why Mahara – and how to help others get it | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Lets get one thing straight – I love Mahara. Unfortunately I love it in the way a parent loves a child who has gone off the rails and ended up...

Via PascaleHP
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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.

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PascaleHP's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:28 PM

a resource for trainers

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PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool

PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
PollSnack is an easy to use online poll & survey software that allows you to create and publish market questionnaires and then view the answers in real time.
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From those great SnackTools people. Polls and surveys embedded on your Mahara page. Great range of features and styles

 

Add the link files.quizsnack.com/iframe/embed.html to your allowed lists.

 

Another great feature - super for a different type of feedback.

 

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Mahara 1.6 user manual — Mahara 1.6 user manual

Mahara 1.6 user manual — Mahara 1.6 user manual | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Great, free, well written and easy to follow documentation for Mahara v1.6

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Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, March 11, 2013 6:56 AM

Thanks! I'm installing a test version of this next week, so really useful :)

Lino Oliveira's curator insight, March 15, 2013 3:38 AM

Está disponível o manual da última versão (1.6) do Mahara, excelente software para construção de portefólios digitais e ambientes pessoais de aprendizagem.


Poderá obter informações sobre a implementação de uma solução no Ensino Superior em http://repositorio.uportu.pt/dspace/handle/123456789/619.

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How did you get on - I really like the iframe embed feature - i think there is a link to the wiki on my scoopit with lots of possible web2 tools you can link in.
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Screenr Presentation: Developing a Moodle course for MFL

Screenr Presentation: Developing a Moodle course for MFL | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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

 

 

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Blooms Sheet for Students book

Blooms Sheet for Students book | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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.

 

Feel free to borrow and adapt. The link is https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7336564/BLOOMS/poster.doc

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