The high school where I work has a website that I realize now is a moodle site, but I never would have known that before I took this class! Teachers can use the site to do all the things we’ve been learning about – posting assignments, on-line quizzes, etc. I never set up my own page because I didn’t know enough about it and I never had the time to learn and set it up. After this past week and all the time I’ve spent playing around with my moodle site, I’m confident that I can not only use the school’s web site, but also create my own effective site to help my students learn better.
One aspect of moodle that I find interesting is its ability to be collaborative. We’ve learned that this is a huge benefit of using technology in the classroom, (Tapscott, 2010) and I see our moodle sites as being an excellent way for students to work together in groups outside of school, and also to do some peer editing of each others work. Typically when I assign a group project, I have to schedule sufficient class time for the students to work together and complete the project in school. With moodle, I can require that they do some of the work at home through the site. This link shows how to set up groups for collaboration and peer editing. http://www.kassblog.com/2008/09/junior-english-as-moodle-site/
Another feature of moodle that I found helpful was the glossary section, but then I started thinking beyond just the vocabulary. I found that I can put a link to the on-line textbook that we use so that students can review vocab and grammar.
This is particularly helpful to me because my students don’t have their own book to take home and use, we just have books that stay in the classroom. I can update the links from unit to unit so that the information is current. No more excuses that they didn’t have a book to study from because all the information is right on my site!
We determined that technology can help our students become more independent learners, and with a moodle site, I can set up projects where students can work at their own pace according to their individual interests. I can create an activity for my students, link the relevant sites, post a rubric, and show the timeline for completion using the calendar – all on moodle!
When I get this all up and running correctly, I can use moodle to accomplish many of the goals I have for incorporating technology into the classroom.
Kassissieh, R. (2008, September 03). Junior english as moodle site. Retrieved from http://www.kassblog.com/2008/09/junior-english-as-moodle-site/
Tapscott, D. (2009). Grown up digital-How the net generation is changing your world. (p. 181). New York: McGraw-Hill.