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Free On-line Classroom Tools

2008 MBEA Summer Conference

Springfield, MO

Carla Boulton, Presenter

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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

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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.


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Outside Host Links

  • – FREE, but limited space

  • $0.95/mo hosting for

  • More expensive options

    •$500-$600 year

    •$500-$600 year

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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

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Course Settings

  • Name of class

  • Course description

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Course Settings

  • Set start date/end date

  • Course format


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Course Settings

  • Guest log-in?

  • Upload size

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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!

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Customizing Your Class


  • Add files and web pages through “Add Resource”

  • Add assignments, quizzes, forums, wiki, and other items through “Add Activity”

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Editing Icons


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Assignments: Upload Options

  • Decide on file size max

  • Decide on resubmissions

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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!

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Forum: Creation

Be sure to allow kids the right to post

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Forum: Kids at Work

  • Monitor what they write!

  • Kids are very eager to use this to express ideas and course content

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  • Upload .pdf or other format files for student reference

  • Link to websites for references/study

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  • Create quizzes with different types of questions

    • Multiple choice

    • Matching

    • Essay

    • Short Answer

    • Numerical

    • MORE!

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Quizzes: Setting the Options

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

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Be sure to limit attempts……

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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!

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Cons of Using Moodle

  • Not as “pretty” as Blackboard

  • Navigation not 100% user friendly

  • Occasional “bugs” in software require patience

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Uses Outside the Box

  • Teacher collaboration

  • FBLA

  • Foreign pen-pal/sister classes

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