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History Teaching with Moodle 2

Book Description

History teaching can gain a lot from the interactive elements of the Moodle virtual learning environment, and this book will show you how to transform your existing courses easily and quickly with no technical knowledge needed.

  • Follow the creation of a history course that includes activities for all age groups, with subjects ranging from the medieval times up to the fall of the Third Reich
  • Make your students ' homework more exciting by enabling them to watch videos of historical documentaries, participate in group discussions, and complete quizzes from home
  • Save time by transforming your existing lesson plans into interactive courses
  • Monitor your students' progress using the Gradebook

In Detail

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is coming to be used in more and more schools worldwide. History and Moodle complement each other perfectly in terms of content and delivery. This book will show you how to set up tasks and activities that will enable your students to forge a greater understanding of complex issues, bringing History into the 21st century.

History Teaching with Moodle 2 presents new and exciting ideas for the delivery of History content making use of tried-and-trusted methods of teaching the subject. By following a sample course, you will find it easy to transform your existing lesson plans into a Moodle course that will become even more efficient, attractive, and useful over time.

Make the past come to life using a range of tasks and activities that can consolidate learning for some, enhance understanding for others, and enthuse all. Learn how to add an RSS feed to your home page to display daily 'On this day in history' posts. Create a one-minute quiz about how the Second World War began. Post video footage of a trip to a castle and set some questions for students in anticipation of their next visit. Set up a wiki so that student groups can create their own story about 'murder at a monastery'. Moodle's built-in features allow students to get a better grasp of historical concepts and will rejuvenate their interest in the subject.

A practical guide to using Moodle to create quizzes, forums, activities, and much more, to make your History lessons more interactive

Table of Contents

  1. History Teaching with Moodle 2
    1. History Teaching with Moodle 2
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewers
    5. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Course Structure
      1. Moodle—Ideal for teaching History
        1. Moodle—the Extra Dimension
          1. Re-invent your worksheets
          2. Encourage students to collaborate
          3. Get them using forums
      2. Your first History course
        1. Key stage 3 courses (11 — 13 year olds)
        2. Key stage 4 courses (14 — 16 year olds)
      3. Naming your course
        1. Creating the History category
        2. Create the Year 7 History course
      4. Creating and enrolling users
        1. Creating users
        2. Enrol users
      5. Adding topic labels
            1. Exercise: Add labels to topics
      6. Your first forum
        1. Use open-ended questions
        2. Types of forum
        3. Setting up a forum
          1. Exercise: Course creation
      7. Clio's Challenge—a social format
      8. Summary
    8. 2. Create Attractive Courses
      1. Preparing images
        1. Collecting images
        2. Cropping an image using GIMP
        3. Scaling an image using GIMP
        4. Saving an image using GIMP
        5. Working with images
          1. Inserting a label
          2. Preparing the image
          3. Adding text to a label
        6. Uploading multiple files
          1. Creating a zipped folder
          2. Uploading a zipped folder
            1. Exercise: Using images
      2. Word clouds
            1. Exercise: creating a word cloud
      3. Summary
    9. 3. Adding Interactive Content
      1. Making files accessible to students
        1. Uploading a file
        2. Where do the files go when they are uploaded?
          1. File Picker and it's options
          2. Creating a link for students to submit their essays
          3. Submitting an essay
      2. A dictionary style glossary
        1. Setting up a glossary
        2. Categories in the glossary
          1. Creating a category
          2. Making a glossary entry
            1. Exercise: Working with a glossary
          3. Monitoring student entries
          4. Altering permissions for the glossary
          5. A glossary only editable by a teacher
            1. Exercise: Further work with glossaries
      3. Random Glossary Entry
        1. Create a Random Glossary using a block
        2. Moving the Random Glossary Entry
            1. Exercise: A random glossary
      4. RSS feeds
        1. Setting up an RSS feed
        2. Configuring the RSS block
      5. Summary
    10. 4. Quizzes
      1. Types of questions
        1. Creating a quiz
          1. Creating a category
            1. Exercise: Creating categories
          2. Creating a matching question
          3. Creating multiple choice questions
          4. True or false questions
      2. Compiling the quiz
        1. Student View on entering the quiz
      3. Displaying a Quiz Results table
      4. Creating an end of topic quiz
        1. Setting up an end of topic quiz
          1. Description question
          2. Essay question
          3. Adding questions to the topic quiz
          4. Cloze passages
      5. Summary
    11. 5. The Gradebook
      1. The Gradebook
        1. Adjusting Grader Report settings
        2. Marking an individual student's response
        3. Marking the same essay question by different students
          1. Show course calculations
          2. Categories within your course Gradebook
          3. Moving Grade items to a category
          4. Adding extra value to specific grades in your Gradebook
        4. Creating a scale for comment-driven marking of essays
          1. Assigning the new scale to the assignment
      2. Reports
        1. View student reports onscreen
        2. Viewing a single student's report onscreen
      3. Outcomes
        1. Adding outcomes to the Gradebook
          1. Creating an outcome
          2. Assigning an outcome to an activity
          3. Use of formulae to generate different totals
          4. Assigning ID numbers to grade items
          5. Creating a formula
      4. Summary
    12. 6. Student Collaboration
      1. Using a poll to stimulate discussion
        1. Setting up a poll
          1. How do students vote?
      2. Using a database
        1. Setting up the database
          1. Giving students permission to edit entries
        2. Adding fields to the database structure
          1. Creating a text field
            1. Exercise: Creating text fields
          2. Creating radio buttons
            1. Exercise: Creating checkboxes
          3. Creating a field for large amounts of text
            1. Exercise: Creating a large text field
          4. Adding an image field
          5. Adjusting the layout of a template
          6. What does a student see in the database?
      3. Encouraging collaboration using wikis
        1. Use of wikis
        2. Creating groups
          1. Allocating students to a group
          2. Creating a wiki for a group
          3. Assigning roles to the wiki
          4. How groups start to use their wiki
      4. Summary
    13. 7. Lessons and Blogs
      1. Approaching the lesson
        1. Setting up a lesson
        2. Creating content
          1. Creating a Question page
            1. Exercise
          2. Inserting a web link
      2. Adding a contents page
        1. Adding an essay choice page
        2. Adding an end of branch page
      3. Blogs
        1. Creating a blog entry
          1. Creating blog entries for the Year 7 History course only
          2. Adding a Blog menu block to the course
      4. Summary
    14. 8. Using Xerte and Audacity
      1. Xerte
        1. Downloading Xerte
          1. Making a plan
          2. Creating the opening page
          3. Adding a title page
          4. Previewing pages
          5. Creating a page with an image, sound, and magnifer
        2. Pages with interactivity
          1. Creating a matching pairs exercise
          2. Inserting an annotated diagram
          3. Creating a drag-and-drop labelling exercise
          4. Creating a three-column page
          5. Linking to external repositories
        3. Publishing Medieval Castles on Moodle
          1. Creating a Scorm package
          2. Creating a quiz page
          3. Creating the ZIP file for the Scorm package
          4. Uploading the scorm package
          5. The Gradebook and the Scorm package
      2. Audacity
        1. Why use Audacity?
          1. Downloading Audacity
          2. The Lame Encoder
        2. Audacity Essentials
        3. Simple Audacity Tasks
          1. Removing unexpected noises in your recording
          2. Using fade in features
          3. Using fade out features
          4. Increasing the volume of the whole track
          5. Creating a file from a segment of another track
          6. Inserting a background track
      3. Summary
    15. 9. Moodle Workshops
      1. What to assess in a workshop?
        1. Enabling the workshop module
        2. Creating a workshop
          1. Setting up the submission of student work
          2. Add example submission
          3. Provide a reference assessment
          4. Switching between workshop phases
          5. Students submit presentations
          6. Students perform example assessment
          7. Allocating assignments to students
          8. Students perform the peer assessment
          9. Analysing the results of the workshop
          10. How do teachers assess in a workshop?
          11. Different types of grading strategy
      2. Backup
        1. Backing up to an external drive
        2. Restoring the Year 7 History course
      3. Summary