[K12OSN] Moodle, et al

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Fri Feb 3 19:04:00 UTC 2006

online quiz making/taking/scheduling...auto grading of said quizes.
interactive participation through use of the forum...
create their entire syllabus online and having it available with their 
curriculm map for all parents to view whenever they wish...
the list really goes on and on...it is limited mostly by the creativity 
of the teacher.

We had a part time teacher who had all of his classwork setup on 
Moodle...he took attendance..lectured a bit..made CLASStime more fun and 
interesting and let them hit the moodle server to do their work.


Mark Cockrell wrote:
> Ok, here's where my position as a tech and not as a teacher is a bit of 
> a detriment.  Moodle- I know what it is, but I'm not sure I "get it."  
> Could some of you teachers out there who are using it help me out.  When 
> a teacher asks me *why* he should use something like Moodle, what can I 
> tell them?  Being a geek my initial response is, "Well, it's really 
> cool!" but that doesn't really seem to resonate with those who will 
> actually be using the application.  Why are Moodle and its ilk a good 
> thing?  What can you do with them that you can't do without them?  Why 
> should a teacher use these tools as opposed to the tried-and-true 
> methodologies that have been in use for generations?  I'm not looking 
> for an idealistic treatise on the nature of learning and the miracle of 
> the read/write Web.  I'm looking for a way to make a middle-aged English 
> Lit. teacher see the *benefit* of using such a tool.  Explaining why 
> they should, or what the current educational research shows doesn't show 
> them how it'll make their job easier/better.  Any takers?

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