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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)


Moodle is an e-learning platform that has transformed the way in which many teachers deliver their subject to students. Teachers who create courses for students can now build online versions with choices and possibilities that might not previously have existed. It has made this transition to online courses a straightforward and exciting process. The basic building blocks or modules such as forums, lessons, and workshops simply reflect good practice in the classroom. Moodle makes such tasks easier and more accessible. Other modules such as wikis, polls, chats, and databases encourage student collaboration and thus enhance the learning experience for students. Courses created with this technology provide reassurance to uncertain students and challenges to more able students.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Course Structure looks at different course formats, effective use of labels, and the creation of a simple forum.

Chapter 2, Create Attractive Courses demonstrates how images and word clouds should be used to enhance course pages.

Chapter 3, Adding Interactive Content focuses on important procedures including uploading of files and creating links for students to submit work. A glossary is also created.

Chapter 4, Quizzes looks at different types of learning objects that can be created and also demonstrates good practice in organizing questions using categories and the question bank.

Chapter 5, The Gradebook looks at ways in which the Gradebook module enables teachers to replicate their markbook electronically and use it for the collation of reports, target setting, and more.

Chapter 6, Student Collaboration examines ways in which students can be encouraged to work and learn together. The chapter looks at wikis, polls, and databases.

Chapter 7, Lessons and Blogs covers modules that reinforce learning. The first module enables teachers to create exciting content that captures their expertise and the second enables students to pursue independent learning.

Chapter 8, Using Xerte and Audacity looks closely at two examples of open source software that enable teachers to add rich content to their Moodle courses.

Chapter 9, Moodle Workshops demonstrates how this important module empowers teachers and students to conduct meaningful and rewarding peer-to-peer assessments of work.

What you need for this book

You need access to:

  • A local or online installation of Moodle 2.0

  • A web browser such as Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or later, Internet Explorer v7 or later

  • Gimp (image manipulation program) v2.6 or later

  • Xerte v2.15 or later

  • Audacity v1.2 or later

  • Adobe Reader v9 or later

Who this book is for

This book is for History teachers who wish to make use of Moodle within their lesson plans and schemes of work. It is also suitable for aspiring and newly qualified teachers who are looking to extend their repertoire of skills at the chalkface! Teachers of any discipline would be able to extract ideas or improvise with the activities discussed in this book in order to add the constructive use of ICT to their teaching.


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