I started “Moodling” about 3 years ago. It was love at first sight and my enthusiasm soon spread to other teachers and grade levels at my school. Right now Moodle is being used actively in grade 1, 3, 6 and 8. To inspire even more of our teachers to start Moodling, my teaching partner in grade 8, Çiğdem Uğur and I gave a presentation to our colleagues yesterday entitled “Why Moodle?”. Here are some highlights from our presentation that perhaps will inspire you to start up Moodle at your own school. At least it may give you some ideas as to why and how we use Moodle and also some of our reasons for loving it!
We started our presentation by showing the following video (from YouTube):
We then spent some time explaining why we love Moodle. Our reasons included the fact that it’s a free program, that it’s easy to use (no programming experience necessary), that it provides a 24/7 learning environment, is learner-centered, cooperative, interactive, engages all learning styles, provides multiple methods for learning the same material, provides students with immediate feedback, engages the so-called “digital natives” where they learn best and last, but by no means least : it decreases paperwork and marking for the teacher!
My partner had prepared a wonderful power point to go with our presentation and I’ve included an excerpt from it that shows some of the uses we have made of Moodle in our school (at different levels) for EFL so far. Here’s the link: Examples of how we use Moodle for ESL . You’ll see that we use all the different modules offered by Moodle (and also Hot Potatoes a lot) and that they can be adapted to suit different levels. We did not include the recent (experimental) uses we have made of authoring software such as MyUdutu or Xerte. We’re still testing them out and don’t feel comfortable enough to share, yet … However, if you‘re interested, I’ve previously posted about my experiences (so far) with authoring software (such as MyUdutu) here on this blog.
In addition to the examples from the power point, we also shared a second video (at the end of the presentation) where a grade 8 teacher from the US shares her views on Moodle and her reasons for using/loving it. We especially liked how she wrapped up her speech saying something to the effect of Moodle being addictive in that once you’ve started Moodling, you never want to go back. That’s exactly how we feel! Here’s that video, enjoy!
We really hope we’ve managed to inspire more of our colleagues to start up their own Moodle courses now. Time will tell!
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