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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Moodle in My Classroom

I've been reading about and playing with an installation of Moodle. Moodle, for those who might not know, is a Virtual Classroom Environment or a Classroom Management System. This is to say that Moodle is open-source software that allows for conversation and collaboration among all those in a particular classroom setting. This is especially interesting due to the probable passage of DOPA (Deleting On-line Predators Act) in the U.S. Congress. The passage of DOPA will limit the ability of teachers and students to use commercial web-based social network applications that have students create an on-line profile. Moodle then becomes a very important tool that schools and teachers can use to allow students the opportunity to develop 21st century digital literacy skills as Moodle can be hosted by the school. (for more about digital literacy skills, refer to Will Richardson's and David Warlick's books)

The most current installation of Moodle (v1.6) allows for all of the Web2.0 functions are becoming powerful tools in the 21st century classroom. Weblogs, Wikis, and Podcasts are all available. This helps calm some of my fears of the limitations DOPA will create in my classroom. I will be interested to see what my school's IT team will implement and if Moodle or someother LMS is used to provide these important tools to students and staff.

2 Comments:

At 8/02/2006 10:41 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Strictly speaking, Moodle is a course management system, course delivery system but NOT a learning management system. More info at:
http://www.mguhlin.net/blog/archives/2006/07/entry_1854.htm

Thanks for sharing your experience!

 
At 8/03/2006 8:19 AM, Blogger m rehberg said...

Thanks for the clarification. Your chart helped a lot. It will be useful as I discuss this with fellow staff at my school.

 

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