[This session is being moblogged, so there may be grammar and spelling errors]
A Moodle session is currently going on. I just realized that it is being video conferenced from another location. Here are some of the high points in this totally packed presentation room.
They found that the functions of Moodle and Black Board were practically identical, except that Moodle is free. They hired a consultant to install the open source software on their servers, and it tool about an hour.
All teachers who are involved in the staff development of this ISD, must take a course in using Moodle. They learn how to set up a course. One of the problems with open-source is that there is not a lot of documentation for teachers, though there is some available for Moodle. The coordinator says that he has never had a problem getting timely answers to questions — within 30 minutes.
The suggest that teachers use Moodle as a course enhancement rather than beginning with an online offering. One of the interesting things is that fairly quickly, teachers were asking for totally online classes. They traditionally offer blended (hybrid) classes that combined face-to-face and online.
The presenters have a Moodle course that you can visit.
They are having some technical difficulties with the video conferencing software. They are not able to share their computer screens available to us. They are doing a very good job of adlibing, talking about some of the more unorthodox applications of Moodle.
A teacher at one of their schools, has installed Moodle onto his web server in his home, and the other teachers at the school are using it. He is able to tweak the site for the school’s specific needs.
One teacher is also using Moodle with 5th graders. He said that he was going to make all of his students “geeks”. Not a good goal, but the affect was very engaging for the students. He makes extensive use of the discussion forums.
They’ve just brought in a computer and an additional projector so that we can see the Moodle that the presenters are using.