On October 19th I ran a professional development session showing exemplars of 21st Century Learning. Most exemplars of 21st century lessons are going to have a technology component to them. In order to field questions about the lessons and technologies, I had participants text me questions using poll everywhere. Here are the questions I didn’t get to answer during the session and my answers to them:
What would b easier 2 manage – a wiki or moodle?
It depends on your goal. Moodle is a course management system. It does a lot more then a wiki can. A wiki is a website that is easily edited by many users. My suggestion is to discuss this question with an Integration Coach.
Could we see rubrics from teachers in the district?
We will be working on gathering and creating rubrics this year. The goal is to share them out with staff once they are gathered.
How time consuming is having a moodle with ur students? How do u manage?
If you manage it effectively, it will take you no more time that you are currently spending assessing your students. Anytime you do something new to accomplish a curricular goal, you should let something go. When you start using Moodle begin small. Ex. Replace a traditional formative open ended short answer writing with a forum in Moodle. You now have a rich discussion instead of an individual writing what they think the teacher wants to hear.
Have you seen teachers use this in class?
I have used every one of these items in class myself and endorse them all as powerful tools for student learning.
do u need to download voice thread? Could u share how to add it to Moodle?
Voicethread is a web based tool, No download is needed. I do not have a quick tutorial on how to embed Voicethread in Moodle. I will look for one.
do u think having the kids maintain a wiki with newsletter info would work?
That is a great idea for how to use a wiki!
pros / cons of using a wiki within moodle?
Pro: Inside moodle with all of your other course assignments, easy to manage groups of students and permissions.
Cons: Not as graphically pleasing as pbworks or wikispaces, only visable to students in your class (this could be a pro depending on the purpose)
can you use moodle for peer editing?
You sure can, here is an example of how one teacher used it for peer evaluation. Contact a coach and we can show you how to use it for peer editing.
can you show me how to have my students text me questions?
The website is polleverywhere.com. I would be more than happy to give a quick overview of how to use it.
My question to leave this post, based upon this event, do cell phones have a place in school?