Happy Birthday Moodle, now what about these growing pains you’ve got?

Happy Birthday!


Our Moodle is almost 10 years old. Inspired by a presentation from Wildern School we submitted a proposal to our Leadership team and in the April of 2004 Sean Keogh, then of Pteppic.net, installed our server and Moodle came to Perins.

Two years later, Mahara appeared and was then swiftly followed by our 1-1 notebook (now eLearning) scheme.

With our eLearning thinking it is quite grown up, rapidly approaching the tricky teens and under some pressure from its peers I thought it was time to look at it from a different perspective.

The presentation below was part of our regular 10 minute CPD to staff. It was given as we begin of the development of the next three year strategic plan and before an INSET Day where we consider, amongst other things, the role of eLearning.

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Some mildly controversial points….

ExitTicket Student Response System

See on Scoop.itWeb2.0 Tools for Teachers and Students

Was trying to find some sort of digital “exit ticket” where students could respond to the lesson and give you feedback as to how much they have learned.

This product appears to do it and much much more (dont they all). There is a Price Plan if you want to go the “whole hog” but you do get some things for free


Students can complete quizzes or questionnaires for their exit ticket. Students can do this on any connected mobile or desktop device. Some impressive storage and displays of results.

Website has lots of good help features and reviews

See more on exitticket.org

Suitable, inspiring/promotional video

Blubbr: Just how much did they really take in of that video?

See on Scoop.itWeb2.0 Tools for Teachers and Students

How awesome could this site be? Allows you to add in your own multiple choice questions to YouTube videos. You can put the questions at any point in the video too.

You need to create an account and have videos available to be viewed on YouTube. Create a a Triv as they call it. Put in the URL link for the video to add to the timeline. Create your multiple choice question (at least 5).

You cannot control where you add the questions to the video (boo!), instead you watch the first 40 seconds and then you are provided with a  timed multiple choice question to answer. After you get feedback on your answer, you are given another chunk of video and so on until the end.

No need for students to create an account although there is a basic leaderboard available if they do (some issues with Facebook!)

Could really benefit the flipped classroom?

See more on www.blubbr.tv

Good explanatory video on YouTube

Optional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULBe-GLD8c0

ContentGenerator.net – create your own Educational Flash games

See on Scoop.itMoodle and Mahara

It is an awesome site anyway with a number of free download FLASH games to use and a ridiculously cheap prices for amazing software suites.

What makes it even better is that with the Mahara Flash player you can upload your SWF file, select the External Media block and hey presto you have a quiz you can play that is embedded on your page!

Here is one in action (rather dull I’ll admit): http://mahara.perins.net/view/view.php?t=zdKkxXCTF2Q8RGqjUtZf

Here is a great video from the amazing Russel Tarr on students using one of the free resources (Fling the teacher)

See more on www.contentgenerator.net