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History Teaching with Moodle 2

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History Teaching with Moodle 2

Overview of this book

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is coming to be used in more and more schools worldwide. History and Moodle complement each other perfectly in terms of content and delivery. This book will show you how to set up tasks and activities that will enable your students to forge a greater understanding of complex issues, bringing History into the 21st century.History Teaching with Moodle 2 presents new and exciting ideas for the delivery of History content making use of tried-and-trusted methods of teaching the subject. By following a sample course, you will find it easy to transform your existing lesson plans into a Moodle course that will become even more efficient, attractive, and useful over time. Make the past come to life using a range of tasks and activities that can consolidate learning for some, enhance understanding for others, and enthuse all. Learn how to add an RSS feed to your home page to display daily 'On this day in history' posts. Create a one-minute quiz about how the Second World War began. Post video footage of a trip to a castle and set some questions for students in anticipation of their next visit. Set up a wiki so that student groups can create their own story about 'murder at a monastery'. Moodle's built-in features allow students to get a better grasp of historical concepts and will rejuvenate their interest in the subject.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Chapter 3. Adding Interactive Content

We have created courses, added some content and tried to make them look visually appealing. Thus far there has been no real opportunity for interaction between teacher and students. That is a key function of a virtual learning environment. How can Moodle help a teacher to make work available to students? How can it help students to submit work efficiently? What tools does Moodle offer to help in this important area?

In this chapter, we are going to look at how to:

  • Upload different types of files to the course for use by students and teachers

  • Find the files that have been uploaded so that they can be reused

  • Make the files accessible to students

  • Create a link so that students can submit a piece of work for marking

  • Create a glossary of important historical terms

  • Randomly display a different term from the glossary on the course page every time a student logs in to the course

At the end of the chapter, the Year 7 History course will look radically different from...