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How do I weight assignments in Moodle?

Most teachers give their students more than one assignment throughout the year, the hassle for the teacher is not only the keeping track of all of the grades for the assignments, but some assignments may be worth more than others. Moodle will allow a teacher to grade every assignment out of 100 (because this is something students are familiar with) and Moodle will do all of the calculations in the background working out the individual marks for each assignment and combining them all together once Moodle weights all of the assignments accordingly and presents a total mark to the teacher and the student. The video below illustrates how this can be done

Backing up your Moodle courses

Not all of us are blessed with very supportive IT staff. So I would always recommend that staff using Moodle “back up” their courses on a regular basis, just to avoid a nightmare scenario of loosing all of your course work because of some IT glitch.  I’m not doubting the integrity of your Moodle hosting service but I always feel it is better to be safe than sorry. Here is a quick demo on how to back up a course on Moodle 2

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Blogging in Education

I started the new school year with the launch of a video on using Twitter in Education. This was compiled as part of project in conjunction with #ictedu. The purpose of this collaboration is to  help extend the reach of the excellent #ictedu annual conferences run in May every year.

The “sequel” to this video will be launched in October and will concentrate on the use of Blogs in Education. Similar to its predecessor this video will span all levels of education, including contribution from staff and students. We would welcome contributions for anybody involved in education please contact me via @glynnmark. The contribution can be in the form of a series of pictures forming a slide show e.g. powerpoint or recorded interviews or even some links to websites relevant to Blogs in education that you feel are worth promoting.

The aim is to have several videos compiled throughout the year with examples, hints, tips and tutorials for educators on how to integrate technology into the classroom. So watch this space 🙂

Xtranormal for digital storytelling

Xtranormal is a website that hosts text-to-speech based computer animated videoclips, featuring animated three-dimensional characters speaking in monotone computer voices. Users who log into the site may create videos by scripting the dialog and choosing from a menu of camera angles and predesigned characters and scenes. It is free to join but you will have limited access to the variety of characters and scenes available to use. Give it a shot it is worth a try

 

 

What are Tags?

Tags are a way to organise lots of information. They are simply short descriptions for a subject. They are like keywords, or a label for a category. Tagging is known by a few different names, such as content tagging, collaborative tagging, social tagging and even the scientific-sounding “folksonomy.” In general tagging can be defined as the practice of creating and managing labels (or “tags”) that categorize content using simple keywords.

The video below explains tags in terms of the social bookmarking tool – “delicious” – personally I prefer using Diigo but the video gets the point across

How Google search works

The mechanics behind the search engine explained in a clear and concise manner, very interesting viewing

Assessing documents from students and providing feedback through technology

Deutsch: Logo des Adobe Portable Document Format

There are several posts (linked below) providing information on how to manage your assessments through technology. This post deals specifically with receiving a document from your students e.g. a lab report or an essay and providing feedback on that asssignment.

The YouTube video below shows you how to set up an assignment to receive documents from your students. It will take a bit of time to set up (roughly 5 minutes) but it will save you an incredible amount of administration time connected to the assignment and from a quality assurance point of view will provide a potentially better experience for both the student and teacher.

The challenge that you will face is being able to read the documents that they have submitted. Every student may not have MS office and even if they do, it might not be the same version as yours. This will result in potentially a lot of extra contact with your students asking for appropriate versions of their documents. one way around this is to ask them to submit PDF versions of their submission. There are numerous versions of “PDF creators” allowing anybody to convert a file into PDF format for free. The one I use is CutePDF.

From a lecturers point of view it is now possible to annotate  a pdf enabling you to provide individual feedback for your students by using adobe reader

A few tips for Creating a video resource for your classroom

I recently had the pleasure of working with Catherine Cronin (@catherinecronin) on an education project – an experience that I would highly recommend. This project involved creating a video  promoting the use of ICT in the classroom by highlighting examples provided by a range of teachers across the country. The video below is the final product with the various stages and tips available below the video

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Comparing Articulate Storyline vs Studio

Storyline vs Studio.

 

Over the past few years I have become an active user of Articulate studio. Recently they have launched a new product “Storyline” and the link above illustrates the distinct differences between the two

Free Maths Resources: MangaHigh.com, giving the teacher computer games to teach maths

One of the many excellent sessions at the ICT Edu conference in LIT over the weekend introduced me to Manga-High. With student difficulties in Maths being well publicized in the media in addition press promoting the power of computer games for education purposes, MangaHigh represents the perfect marriage of these two factors. Personally I would love for MangaHigh to be linked via LTI to Moodle providing the perfect solution for any teacher who wants to take advantage of computer gaming in their maths classroom but has little or no technical ICT skills. But well done on all involved to date on creating a superb resource

Relevant links:
http://www.mangahigh.com/en_gb/
http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2011/11/28/moodle-2-supports-connecting-to-ims-lti-tools/