Do you Moodle? I do. My school is training the staff to become proficient in Moodle. This is our second year learning Moodle and so far, this year, everyone is getting the hang of it. I took on the role of Moodle Coordinator and it has been challenging, frustrating but also rewarding. The learning curve has been steep so far but I have managed to learn many of the basics in creating a course using Moodle. I now have a Moodle page for my AP Statistics, AP Physics, Physical Science, and IB Mathematics classes.
Moodle is a free open-source learning management system that educators use to deliver content. It is the most widely used LMS in the world and currently has over 68 million users world-wide. The acronym Moodle stands for modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment. Our IT department has it so I can access my Moodle courses through Outlook365, which is real nice. This way, I can get to my mail, One-drive and Moodle with one click.
I have given my first assignment for a report on Galileo to be completed and submitted on Moodle last week. I was able to see immediately who submitted their report on time and who was late. Submitting reports through Moodle is a much better system than having students submit through email. I’m still playing and adjusting the parameters of the assignment activity to better learn how this will fit into my class outcomes.
This past Saturday was our third day of professional development learning and using Moodle. Our guru Dan, spent three days here showing and helping us on putting everything together. One thing that struck me is the similarities between Moodle and WordPress. I’ve has a WordPress blog for a few years and adding content in done in a similar fashion.
I’m interested in using the flashcard feature to help my students with their science vocabulary. I use Anki on my ipad, phone and computer and I think Anki is more powerful, but lets see what happens. I also will set a password for my classes so parents can check in to the class to see what’s going on.