MY THOUGHTS ARE IN CAPS LOCK
Presenter: Daniel Studebaker of National Trail Middle School
Starts off by asking about who uses Moodle in the classroom. About 75% of the hands go up. Giving background of presenter and is use of Moodle in the classroom. When he arrived at his new district, they tried to explain that they use ProgressBook and wouldn’t need Moodle. YIKES!
Showing a map of Moodle assessment options:
Moodle Assessment Tools: Uploading files (advanced uploading, single file uploading); Conventional Assessments (offline assignments); Open Cnversations (chat, forum, journal); Student input (choice, feedback); Student and Teacher Contributions (databases, podcast, WeQuest, Wiki); Testing _________
SORRY, THE FONT IS TOO SMALL AND TOO LOW – CAN’T READ IT!
Uploading files overview – going over the pros and cons of single-file vs. mult-file.
Conventional Assessments – speaker recommends using forums only in high school and not in middle school-aged.
I STRONGLY DISAGREE…MY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LOVE USING THE FORUMS AND MEET/EXCEED MY OBJECTIVES EVERY TIME!
Chat Session overview.
Student input overview.
Going over the basics of student quizzes. Discussing that the questions and the answers within a question can be scrambled. The speaker also puts time limits on his quizzes because, “If you take the same quiz over and over enough times, you’ll figure out the answer.”
CAN’T YOU JUST CHECK THE BOX THAT ALLOWS THEM ONE ATTEMPT?
Now showing some logs and uploaded files from his classes.
Database overview. Uses it to sketch the format that he wants the students to follow.
Podcats: teachers can build simple Podcasts over material covered in their classrooms. Suggests using these for use with subs. Mentioned that subs can login as guests. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT WOULD WORK IN MY DISTRICT, AS THE SUB WOULD NEED ACCESS TO LOGIN TO A COMPUTER FIRST, WHICH THEY DON’T HAVE.
Now talking about Hot Potato Quizzes.
Moodle Quizzes Overview: Large variety of questioning formats. Encourages just trying to setup any type of Moodle Quiz for educators not familiar with Moodle. Notes that teachers can take a quiz to see what it’s going to look like before giving it to students.
Now showing item analysis of students’ responses.
Going over more quiz information.
Presenter names questions after state-standards that are followed within that question.
GOOD SESSION FOR A BREAKDOWN OF SOME OF MOODLE’S FEATURES. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SESSION LACKED ADHERENCE TO 21ST CENTURY SKILLS AND FAILED TO ADDRESS ANY HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING.