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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Education | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:16 AM

Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 2014 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Free Technology for Teachers: Connected Mind - A Mind Mapping App in Chrome

Free Technology for Teachers: Connected Mind - A Mind Mapping App in Chrome | Education | Scoop.it

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More tools to engage students in creative processes. Check this out for Chrome classrooms.
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How to Make a Hologram of Yourself in PowerPoint via PPT tricks

Check out this crazy tutorial for how to make a hologram of yourself in PowerPoint! While actual holograms are still a few years away, you can get a smal

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New Visual on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for iPad via @medkh9

New Visual on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for iPad via @medkh9 | Education | Scoop.it

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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children | Education | Scoop.it

The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.


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Interesting article.

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Must share with others. 
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Protect our future through our children 
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“Paying attention?” an app asks – helping kids monitor their own classroom behavior - The Hechinger Report

“Paying attention?” an app asks – helping kids monitor their own classroom behavior - The Hechinger Report | Education | Scoop.it
Between kids chattering, bolting from their seats or simply staring out the window, keeping students focused is a constant battle for Alexandra Beckman, a special education teacher of fifth- and sixth-graders in Ozark, Missouri. “It’s probably how I spend the majority of my day,” Beckman admitted. She recently tried a new approach to claw back …
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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Your Makerspace Needs

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Your Makerspace Needs | Education | Scoop.it
By Lindsey Own - A makerspace teacher shares the top 10 unexpectedly critical components she found in high demand in her school's new makerspace.
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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community | Education | Scoop.it
At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.
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8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World

8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World | Education | Scoop.it
8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World
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7 things to do before telling your story via social media

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Great library at heart of school

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St Felix Catholic Primary Bankstown's library is among five Sydney Catholic school libraries on an Australia-wide honours list.
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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 7, 2:58 AM

School libraries make the honours list

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5 Ways to Encourage Inquiry-Based Learning

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By Kristine Scharaldi - Five strategies that encourage inquiry-based learning and provide ways for all students to be actively involved in the classroom.
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Why Teaching Young People about Research Design Matters: A Middle School Student's Perspective | Knowledge Quest

Why Teaching Young People about Research Design Matters: A Middle School Student's Perspective | Knowledge Quest | Education | Scoop.it
  Many school librarians dread the research design course in library school, and they avoid the research studies that are presented by library scholars at AASL and ALA. But this Guest Teen Blogger, Sophia, shares the importance of school librarians... Read More ›

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8 Tips For Updating Your Teaching

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8 Tips For Updating Your Teaching To Something Messier

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Global Competency for an inclusive World - OECD report

Global Competency for an inclusive World - OECD report | Education | Scoop.it

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La definición propuesta por la OECD de competencia global es “la capacidad para analizar problemas global e interculturalmente y desde múltiples perspectivas, para entender cómo las diferencias afectan las percepciones, los juicios y las ideas de uno mismo y de los demás, y para interactuar de manera abierta y eficaz con otras personas de diferentes orígenes en el base de un respeto compartido de la dignidad humana”. Esta es una competencia compleja que está a su vez constituida por una serie de conocimientos, habilidades, actitudes y valores que deben ser adquiridos a lo largo de la vida: conocimiento intercultural, conocimiento de problemas globales, capacidad analítica y de pensamiento crítico, empatía, flexibilidad, apertura a personas de otras culturas, responsabilidad, mentalidad global, valoración de la dignidad humana y de la diversidad cultural. Esta es sin duda, una competencia clave que debería ser promovida y desarrollada desde la edad escolar.

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#RapportAuTravail  #Compétences   "Indispensable en éducation et formation, et en management" 
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Top 36 Educational Podcasts for Teachers via @medkh9

Top 36 Educational Podcasts for Teachers via @medkh9 | Education | Scoop.it

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7 Free & Engaging Presentation Apps for Teachers via Monica Burns

7 Free & Engaging Presentation Apps for Teachers via Monica Burns | Education | Scoop.it
Best content around Education Blended Learning selected by the EdTech Update community.

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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children | Education | Scoop.it

The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 22, 5:25 AM

Interesting article.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 22, 12:55 PM
Must share with others. 
Sieg Holle's curator insight, June 24, 10:07 AM
Protect our future through our children 
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17 Great Apps That'll Make Your Life Easier via Sean Kim

17 Great Apps That'll Make Your Life Easier via Sean Kim | Education | Scoop.it
Always looking for new ways to get more done at work, and quickly? Check at these 17 apps to boost your productivity throughout the work week.

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Edtech possibilities abound.
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Infographic: Teaching handwriting in schools

The 2015 WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) survey asked global education experts – including teachers and academics – about the skills that should be taught in schools.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 7, 10:54 PM
Recently I have found that my mostly intuitive and practical separation of typing and handwriting for personal use may have some basis to it. Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014) have found in three studies that laptops, when used for taking notes by US college students, lead to shallower mental processing than with notes taken in handwriting, and performance on conceptual questions was also lower than for students who took handwritten notes. Their research showed that taking more notes can be beneficial but using a keyboard led to a tendency to transcribe the lecturer’s words verbatim rather than undertaking the processing and reframing of the words in the student’s own writing that the relative slow speed of handwriting notes requires.
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How to Design Your Own MakerSpaces – From Courtney Pepe

How to Design Your Own MakerSpaces – From Courtney Pepe | Education | Scoop.it
This guest post from Courtney Pepe (@iPadQueen2012) first appeared on Daily Genius. What is a MakerSpace?  Makers build, fix, and create.  They are students, teachers, tinkerers, cooks, technology …
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How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space

How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space | Education | Scoop.it
Figuring out the Design Problems in Your Space Many of us are rethinking and redesigning our library spaces. We have visions of flexible, mobile furnishings on wheels, beautiful charging stations, tools to support technology.
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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning | Education | Scoop.it
Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.
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Librarian as Technology Leader

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Carrie Grimshaw is the Library Media Specialist at Leicester High School and the recipient of a 2016 President's Award
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How to Set the Stage for Inquiry-Based Learning

How to Set the Stage for Inquiry-Based Learning | Education | Scoop.it
Student-driven, inquiry-based learning takes place in a classroom environment where students are encouraged to not only develop their own questions, but also be able to lead their own investigations.
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5 Tips For Integrating Project-Based Learning In Any Content Area -

5 Tips For Integrating Project-Based Learning In Any Content Area - | Education | Scoop.it

The elementary years are critical for grounding a student’s understanding of key concepts, across subject areas, to tangible processes and results. To help students grasp the intersections between what they learn in school to the world around them, project-based learning is a handy tool.


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