Twitter for Teachers

Awhile ago I posted about how useful Twitter is for me and was trying to show how teachers use it in education. Today, on Twitter, there have been quite a few tweets about an infographic called “twitter-for-teachers” from USC Rossier Online

I really like the graphic that have made as it outlines Twitter simply and clearly – it might even start making sense to more teachers!

This reminded me of “The 14 Day Twitter Challenge” that the PE Geek (@mrrobbo) posted awhile ago on his blog. Next month I maybe doing a pd session on Twitter at school, so thinking I might use his 14 day challenge and tweak it.

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Teaching with Moodle – books, glossaries and so much more

Week 2 of Teaching with Moodle has been looking at activities – using a glossary, wiki, forum, the weekly quiz, a survey and a choice.

What I have gained from this week (and Week 1) is not how to set up an activity but the actual thought put into the wording and structure of the activities. For example, the book that goes through all of the activities isn’t titled with “How to create activities in Moodle”, it is titled with “Book: How can I help my learners learn?”. Some people might think ‘Well, so what?’ but for me it says a lot!

Firstly, clearly starting what the activity is to a experienced (or even not so experienced moodler) might seem pointless but I can think of a number of people at school where that small bit of information would be really important. It clearly identities what the activity is and points to what all teachers want to do – help their learners learn. So, I guess it is a way of getting people to look inside the book. I can see how this approach could be very effective with making an engaging course.

And it may seem such a simple thing to people but for me I have been focused on learning about everything how works in Moodle over the last couple of years and haven’t stopped to think about the structure of courses from a learning focus. I am starting this now (better late than never!).

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The other activity that got me thinking was the glossary. This year we have created a online Staff Portal to disseminate information. We are also using it as a course to show staff different ways of using Moodle and when I saw the “Glossary: Terms using in Teaching” in Week 2, a light went off! What a great way to show all the terms used within our WGC4me (Moodle) site (we have it set up so that staff and students can also access numerous other software and applications).

So, I have already started creating a book on how to add Moodle resources and activities (Book: adding resources & activities to WGC4me (Moodle)) and a glossary (Glossary: Terms used in WGC4me). I can see other useful books being on how to use Google Apps and the other resources.

Stuff that hasn’t grabbed me in Week 2 – the wiki didn’t get my attention and I posted in the Teach the Group forum (although probably not the right kind of post) but no one else has. Potentially one of the downsides of a MOOC with thousands of students, or with a lot of students being experienced on how to use Moodle. And the survey was really long!!

Week 2 has been good. Wasn’t really expecting to get too much from this course but how wrong was I. The way that it is structured is great and I still have so much to learn.

Here are a couple of questions for anyone that reads this, where can I go to get help with structuring Moodle courses to engage learners? And is trying to become a MCCC worth it?

What matters most – Project Based Learning unit

I have been thinking about creating a project based learning unit for quite awhile. I decided that this year it would be one of my goals to create a PBL unit for the unit we have called Shaping Up – it is about body image, nutrition, self-esteem, media etc. I kind of felt that a lot of the issues in this are really important and that I didn’t want to continue standing up the front going through power points, showing videos and getting students to write in the workbooks. I guess also I was kind of bored with it – it was exciting to teach. And this year I have a fantastic Year 10 class so feel really confident about trailing this with them.

Through my Twitter PLN I came across people who have been creating their own PBL units (@MissDSciTeacher@catwooller) and people who tweet useful links with regard to body image and the media (@WellsChristine). This has meant that I have been able to gather resources both on how to create / develop a PBL unit and body image, media etc. I also connected with Alex Perry (@alleyperry) and will use a resource she created for assessing key competencies – as I didn’t want to asses the outcome of the projects.

So, here is my first attempt at creating a PBL unit. I would love people to have a look and give me some feedback – What Matters Most Project – Google Doc. Good or bad, all is welcome, please leave comments.

Other links that have been useful:

Learn Moodle – MOOC: Week 1

So, last minute have enrolled on a MOOC called Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction on Learn Moodle.

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So, what is a MOOC and Learn Moodle?

“Learn Moodle is the official Moodle website for delivering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).”

Now, this course is aimed to cover the basics of Moodle of four weeks, which isn’t that useful to me as I know the basics. However, I thought it was a good opportunity to see how a MOOC works with something that I am really interested in. Also, I get to play (and get) more badges plus dabble in version 2.5.

I am hoping to learn some more about the basics of Moodle (as I am sure I don’t know everything yet). My practice course (you can request one and then play) I am going to try to start setting up a blending learning context Health course. At the moment we use workbooks that students write in and I would, firstly like to get this all online and then look at ways to make it more collaborative and engaging and not just filling in pages!! So, if I am ogranised I could ask for feedback from over 2000 other Moodlers. Some who are a lot more experienced then me!

On badges, I don’t know what it is but I just can’t help myself and want to get badges. My first experience with badges was during the iMoot in May. (Here are all the badges I got at the iMoot). I would like to work on developing some badges for the Health course I am planning and use them in an effective way, as I am sure there can be ‘death by badges’!

Looking at the typical progression list that  Martin Dougiamas has written about for how teachers progress, I would say I am at three – Using Quizzes and Assignments.

So, I still have a long way to progress – which means I can get more badges!

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