As always, here are a few Moodle related articles focused on Moodle integration and use around the globe.
- USD379, Kansas USA [article]: 6th grades at a school in USD379 are using Moodle to help engage a group of 3rd grade reading partners as they navigate through books such as Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes. While students do meet once a week, the majority of their communications happens on their Moodle installation, filling the gaps in book discussion week by week.
- Mount Vernon High School, Ohio USA [article]: high schoolers this week waved goodbye to the age of snow days and welcomed Moodle as their “alternate learning venue on calamity days”. Seems that the internet has provided a solution to school closures by providing a digital medium for school resources and activities. Mount Vernon HS last week tried the system out twice, according to the article, in response to the national snow storm. Around 80% of students were able to “attend” virtually.
A variety of learning activities were taking place, said [high school principal Kathy Kasler]. “Some assignments were independent exercises; some teachers had a scheduled online discussion; some were linked and going to a different web page; some teachers had posted online quizzes and the students had to take the quiz right then and there.”
- Rutgers Prep, New Jersey, USA [article]: students at Rutgers Prep are using Moodle to fill the educational gaps caused by snow days. While it’s not a replacement for the total number of days required a school be open, it has been an exercise in creating a continuous educational experience for students (with no lags or pauses). According to the article,
Teachers uploaded pre-planned lessons, and the district’s 700 students were able to access classwork at home during the snow day and given two weeks to complete the assignments.