Cheryl Schaefer, Teacher Carrollton High SchoolSaginaw, MI www.cherylfschaefer.net Moodle & Google Apps The Perfect Marriage
2003 - 2004: course originates with college bound seniors • 2006 - 2007: some juniors added to rosters • 2008 - 2009: sophomores and an autistic student are added to rosters • 2009 - 2010: course rosters include general education students in grades 9-12 as well as special education students Online research Demographics A brief history of change
One pregnant student: meeting a need • Organization! • Organization! • Organization! In the Beginning Why Moodle?
Large age range • Reading levels: 2nd grade – college • Maturity levels • Academic abilities Bottom Line The old model was not working! The Need for Change Know your students
A New Way of viewing the old familiar Model • Michigan State: Summer of 2010 MAET Cohort • Romina Jamieson-Proctor: University of Southern Queensland • Looked great • Worked great • Something still missing
Calendar: Time management Documents: Collaboration Form: Surveys and self evaluations Mail: Communication Presentation: Organizing lessons Enter Google Apps: The missing organizational link
Why Jing? • Tutorials • Listening & reading links • It’s FREE!
Summing it all Up The new picture model has made it easier for all students to use the Moodle site. There are less distractions and fewer places to get lost. When students are absent I email the Unit and lesson we studied. Missed work is completed in fewer days. Students who don’t read well feel comfortable listening & reading. Some students who read very well also prefer to listen & read. The new format keeps me organized & on task. Accommodations can be made in a more private manner. This has made a difference in behavior & performance.
Resources • Jing: Jing is free screencast and screenshot software from TechSmith. • Cool Text: Use Cool Text to make banners and buttons for your Moodle site. • Moodle: Join the world wide Moodle community. • Michigan Moodle Users Listserv: If you’re having Moodle problems or just have questions, someone on the MMU Listserv always has an answer or solution. • Cheryl Schaefer: Send me an email if you have any questions. • Notes & Tutorials: This presentation along with how to tutorials can be accessed at my website.