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Free On-line Classroom Tools

2008 MBEA Summer Conference

Springfield, MO

Carla Boulton, Presenter

what is moodle
What is Moodle?
  • Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
  • Free, open source software
  • Can be used on any computer with Internet
  • May be downloaded to your school server or hosted on outside sources
school server or outside host
School Server or Outside Host?
  • School servers are the best place to host Moodle.
  • Outside hosts exist for a small fee or for free with limited capabilities.


outside host links
Outside Host Links
  • – FREE, but limited space
  • $0.95/mo hosting for
  • More expensive options
    •$500-$600 year
    •$500-$600 year
getting started
Getting Started
  • Every student must have a valid e-mail account, regardless of whether or not it is active.
  • Create an ENROLLMENT KEY so that only your students can be in your classes!
  • Explore
course settings
Course Settings
  • Name of class
  • Course description
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Course Settings
  • Set start date/end date
  • Course format
course settings8
Course Settings
  • Guest log-in?
  • Upload size
class design
Class Design
  • Format Choice for Class
    • Weekly: standard class setup with beginning and ending dates
    • Topics: dates are removed and topics are highlighted
    • Social: forum based
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Class Design
  • Module choices:
    • Assignments
    • Choice (great polling tool)
    • Forum
    • Resource
    • Quiz
    • Survey
    • Glossary
    • Journal
    • MORE!
customizing your class
Customizing Your Class
  • Add files and web pages through “Add Resource”
  • Add assignments, quizzes, forums, wiki, and other items through “Add Activity”
editing icons
Editing Icons


assignments upload options
Assignments: Upload Options
  • Decide on file size max
  • Decide on resubmissions
assignments easy grading
Assignments: Easy Grading

For multiple sections of a course, you can view all at once and then sort

Don’t forget to save your work!

forum creation
Forum: Creation

Be sure to allow kids the right to post

forum kids at work
Forum: Kids at Work
  • Monitor what they write!
  • Kids are very eager to use this to express ideas and course content
  • Upload .pdf or other format files for student reference
  • Link to websites for references/study
  • Create quizzes with different types of questions
    • Multiple choice
    • Matching
    • Essay
    • Short Answer
    • Numerical
    • MORE!
quizzes setting the options
Quizzes: Setting the Options

How many times do you want the quizzes to be taken??


Be sure to limit attempts……

benefits of using moodle
Benefits of Using Moodle
  • Anytime, anywhere learning
  • The software is FREE
  • Students love anything on-line
  • Grade homework without touching a single piece of paper or using printer ink!
cons of using moodle
Cons of Using Moodle
  • Not as “pretty” as Blackboard
  • Navigation not 100% user friendly
  • Occasional “bugs” in software require patience
uses outside the box
Uses Outside the Box
  • Teacher collaboration
  • FBLA
  • Foreign pen-pal/sister classes