“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming.
Do you agree with this quote? I believe it is one of the most accurate quotes related to learning in the Internet age. It acknowledges the importance of providing our students with opportunities to gain and to develop skills that will be most useful for them in the future. As discussed previously, technology is just a tool that cannot replace teachers. However, I am sure that every teacher should have some knowledge about how to integrate technology into the teaching in order to help students develop a variety of skills. For instance, using different technology resources (e.g., quizzes, writing tools, drawing tools, forums, blogs) can be very useful for improving communication, problem solving, critical thinking and team working skills. What is more, appropriate use of technology can help to improve literacy and to improve more technical IT related skills.
The best solution for schools is to find a tool that could make learning more engaging for students and that would be easy to use at the same time because we cannot expect all teachers or even all students to be very confident with their IT skills. If you are looking for a tool that could improve elearning within your school I would suggest trying Moodle for education.
Moodle is an open-source virtual learning environment / VLE (also known as a learning management system or LMS), which has been developed by educators, for educators. Moodle provides a private and secure learning space for designing online courses with flexible content and collaborative activities for students. What makes Moodle unique is the fact that it is a free software based on its community, not on investors seeking returns or by selling customer data. The core development of Moodle is funded almost entirely by the network of certified Moodle Partners. Therefore, Moodle provides a highly cost-effective solution to support both individual and classroom-based learning.
Why choose Webanywhere to support your Moodle? We are here to support your Moodle in order to implement a truly successful learning environment in your school. Webanywhere are the UK’s largest official Moodle partner, focused on improving e-learning within education. We have been an official Moodle Partner since 2006. Using Moodle we are able to provide engaging e-learning platforms which improve the productivity of both teachers and students.We offer a wide variety of other Moodle services ranging from theme design to implementation, training and support for schools. We can help you integrate your Moodle VLE with SIMS for automated user management, for real-time reporting on attendance and behaviour and for an off-site access to SIMS data. What is more, we can help make homework management easier for teachers, students and parents with our homework-management plugin that has been specially designed for Moodle. Read more about Homeworkanywhere here.
Easy access. It is available anywhere with the Internet connection, meaning students, staff and parents have 24 hour access to a huge variety of resources, activities and school information. This is great for students who cannot attend school for whatever reasons because Moodle allows them to access all the information taught in the lessons they have missed. Moodle can assist in accessing homework materials, assignments or additional learning resources that teachers upload.
Encourages collaboration. Opportunity to collaborate with other students and to work in teams makes learning more effective. Moodle allows Students to ask questions and to help each other regarding any topic on discussion forums or via instant messages. What is more, students who are hesitant to put forward their views or opinions in the classroom, can use Moodle to express themselves and to get involved in different activities or projects.
Helps to make learning more fun and engaging. Moodle can be used to upload assignment related quizzes or games that can help students prepare for their assignments while being fun and helping to reduce stress related to assignments. Engaging and fun activities can be used to support teaching in the classroom and to support students at home.
Enables students to learn more independently. While Moodle encourages collaboration between students, it also enables them to have more control over their learning. For instance, teachers can upload supplementary activities, documents, links to websites or other relevant materials that are relevant to the lesson being taught. This helps students enhance their learning at their own time without having to do a research for quality materials themselves.
Flexible. Moodle is highly configurable and it can be customised with different features to meet individual needs of your school.
Access to quality resources. Moodle can help students to access only quality resources that are uploaded by teachers without having to search for information themselves. This helps them stay focused on things that are relevant and useful for their learning. “Learners in the internet age don’t need more information. They need to know how to efficiently use the massive amount of information available at their fingertips – to determine what’s credible, what’s relevant, and when its useful to reference.” – Anna Sabramowicz
Most recent features in Moodle 3.0. The latest release contains a number of cool new additions and enhancements for teachers, admins, students and everyone who wants to use Moodle:
-Drag-and-drop quiz question types.
-Streamlined course section editing.
-Better management of plugins.
-Display the date a file was uploaded.
Finally, I would like to encourage teachers to embrace technology to make learning more engaging for students because engaged students are more likely to be interested and to stay motivated to learn and perform well!