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Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook Paperback – May 19, 2011
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Silvina P. Hillar has been teaching English since 1993. She has always had a great interest in teaching writing and composing techniques, and has made a lot of research on this subject. She is an English Teacher, a Certified Legal Translator (English/Spanish) and has a Post Degree in Education (graduated with Honors). She has been working in several schools and institutes with native English speaking students and as an independent consultant for many international companies as an interpreter, translator and e-learning activities developer. She has always had a passion for technological devices concerning education. Former videos and cassettes were a must in her teaching lessons, computer was and still is present. Her brother Gaston C. Hillar designed some programs and games for her teaching. Lately, she is teaching using Moodle and the Web 2.0. She believes that one of the most amazing challenges in education is bridging the gap between classic education and modern technologies. She has been doing a lot of research on multimedia assets which enhance the teaching and learning through VLE platforms. She tries to embed the learning of students through new resources which are appealing and innovative for them. Thus, multimedia stimulates the different thinking skills as well as multiple intelligences.
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So- assuming you are familiar with the workings of Moodle 2 and keen to enhance it with multimedia - here goes:
Chapter 1 mainly features the Moodle quiz, Hotpotatoes quizzes (Hotpotatoes now being a contributed module in Moodle ) and Quandary - a great free maze activity (but only available on Windows) I haven't used Quandary in Moodle but apparently you add it in the same way as HotPotatoes exercises. J-Clic is another quiz-making program I don't have much experience of but we are taken through a new project with this too. The Great Classtools gets a mention too, with its Telescopic topic generator and the reader also learns how to link to external websites where students can do activities and then upload the results via a Moodle assignment.
Chapter 2 is all about maps - 2D, 3D, Fusioncharts maps, Bing maps, Google maps ... The reader learns how to create maps in Google Earth, upload photos to them, add labels to places and save or embed into a Moodle page for students to discuss or edit. I discovered another site, 3dvia.com which has a free download of a 3D models for Bing maps - but again, sadly, Windows only. We're not tied to Earth either, as Silvina suggests sites which will take the reader to Mars, the moon and around the universe!Read more ›
In the beginning years of moodle it was ok to use some texts, maybe a picture and lots of word files for upload. Nowadays you need to make more of it. The book is not so much about Moodle actually, but more about a lot of external (free) tools to make pictures, animations, diagrams, movies, etc. and how to embed them in Moodle or use them in more interactive ways in moodle.The book has a lot of examples and how to information.
However, if you are used to making multimedia (movies, images, animations, pictures, using portfolio's, etc.) then the book might be a little bit too basic for you.
Authors: Silvina P. Hillar. The book was first published in May 2011, Production Reference: 1160511, Published by Packt Publishing Ltd., 32 Lincoln Road, Olton, Birmingham, B27 6PA, UK., ISBN 978-1-849514-70-5.
About the author: Silvina P. Hillar, who has a degree in Education and graduated with honors, has been teaching English since 1993. After extended research on the subject of "multimedia and enhanced teaching and learning via VLE platforms", she now utilizes Moodle and Web 2.0 in her classroom. Furthermore, Silvina has participated in the publication of Moodle 1.9 English Teacher's Cookbook, by Packt Publishing.
Chapter 1: Creating Interactive User Experiences will touch on how to assemble a multitude of diverse activities to incorporate into your course. The reader will learn about how to build a cloze test ("fill-in-the-blanks") by using only pictures, set up True/False quizzes, learn about maze activities using images, gain knowledge on how to embed an interactive flowchart, find out how to create matching activities with pictures and paragraphs, and lastly, the reader will discover how easy it is to link external 2D and 3D interactive activities. The chapter is well designed and easy to understand. Each step is followed by a screen shot which makes it easy to understand and to follow.
Chapter 2: Whereas in Chapter One, the reader was introduced on how to link external 2D and 3D interactive activities, in Chapter Two, he will now discover how working with 2D and 3D maps will change the landscape of his course.Read more ›
To step back a moment, let's take a look at Moodle's core contributions to the learning management arena. Moodle's discussion-based approach to learning fosters a dynamic, interactive elearning space, which is one of Moodle's huge drawing points. Another is the fact that it is a friendly environment for incorporating other Open Source embeds and elements. This means that you can plug in, for example, elements you've built with Wordle or smooth slide presentations from Xerte. There are also opportunities to incorporate multimedia elements -- providing, of course, you're able to build the multimedia elements.
One of the frustrating things about using Open Source software is that it often feels that you're constrained to a single template or approach, and it's all too easy to break the template when you try to make alterations. To overcome the limitations, it's tempting to become a template collector, but that is often like hammering pieces from five different jigsaw puzzles together to make a single puzzle.
What is needed is an object-oriented approach that allows you to build and customize objects that fit together seemlessly.
The nice thing about the cookbook approach is that it's completely seamless and it allows you to develop reusable components and building blocks that are unique, customizable, and imminently functional.
Here are my responses to a few of the chapters and their contents.Read more ›