Week 4 Graphics (Moodlebites for Course Designers)

A couple of forums posts that I have made for Week 4 of Moodlebites for Course Designers .

Pixlr

I have found pixlr – editor really great to use. Not as powerful as Photoshop but really up there for being all online. You can save files as a pxd file which saves all the layers etc, so you can work on again at a later date.
Has been a great option for students, means they can do work at home, as most do not have Photoshop (which is what we have at school).
http://pixlr.com/

Screen casts / Screen recording

I start using http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ awhile go which was quite good. It has the mouse being highlighted or with a circle around when you click on things. However, I found that the qualoty wasn’t very good (will not for the free version anyway). I then discovered http://www.screenr.com/ which is great, good qulaity, easy to use, easy ti embed. Have used a lot in digital tech. With both though, the time limit is 5 minutes, which in a way is quite good as you don’t want to have screencasts that go on forever!!
This is my RSS feed from screenr.com – http://www.screenr.com/user/schuknight/rss

 

 

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Week 3 Audio and Podcasts (Moodlebites for Course Designers)

Week 3 has been all about Audio, which would be really interesting to use in Moodle at school. However, lots seems to be ‘locked down’ for us at school which means we can’t just go and try things out. Although, Audacity will be a good tool to use and I would think particularly in Language subjects.

I am looking forward to using some audio in courses to change up from just having text or video resources. Might make it more interesting for me as well as the students.

I might have to have a go at getting students to record and see if they can upload into a forum. Oh and I need to try and get a voki working, cos that would be really cool and those students who aren’t keen to speak in front of t


How do you use audio in Moodle? Or with you students at school if you don’t use Moodle?
he class could contribute there great ideas in a less threatening way!

Link to course – Moodlebites for Course Designers

Educational Design – Moodlebites for Course Designers question

It seems the stars are aligning for me as the last topic on Educational Design is looking at the philosophy and pedagogy behind Moodle and online learning. And I felt that this was also what I took away from the iMoot not so long ago and I am definitely at a point with my own moodling where I want to go past the repository use in Moodle.

In answer to thi question:

Do your own courses reflect this process? If no, why not? 

No, they do not. Why not? I think it is because haven’t learnt about all of the ways Moodle can be used. I only know and understand a small part of what Moodle is capable of and also am only just starting to look at the pedagogy behind Moodle and actually online learning as well. I have also found it hard to get my head around blended learning and how to best integrate the use of Moodle with face to face teaching. Perhaps doubly hard in such a practical subject such as PE. Although I have an idea of how I can Health more engaging with Moodle. Plus I teach some Digital Tech as well – although in someways that is more prescriptive, especially in senior years as everything is so assessment oriented.

However, it is the way of the future for education – personalised learing, online learning, digital technology in nearly all professions – just imagine what the kids of today and going to be doing for jobs in the future. I have been collecting some interesting sites about the future of education – http://pinterest.com/schuknight/future-of-education/    http://keeeb.com/libschumacher.knight/future_of_education/

So, with all of that in mind I hope that in the very near future my courses will reflect such philosophy and pedagogy.