One of my joys in life as a Moodle site administrator is scouring the Net to unearth gems of Moodle activity modules of earlier years. Such is the case with Mediabird Study Notes. It allows you to add private and community note-taking to your Moodle site! Never heard of it Mediabird Study Notes? This blast-from-the-past (April 2009) is a real gem of an activity module for note-taking.
With Mediabird Study Notes you can have your own personal note-taking database system. This virtual notebook is available to you wherever you go in your Moodle course.
Sharing Your Notes
You can also share your notes with others who use your Moodle site. Share them with any specified group of people that you choose. You can even be an admin of the group that you create in Mediabird Study Notes. As admin you get to share your notes with, you control who gets access.
What else can it do?
All notes taken using Mediabird Study Notes can be annotated, tagged and shared. This way, problems in understanding course material can be solved quickly and collaboratively. All this functionality brings the learning experience on your Moodle site to a whole new level – provided teachers and students take advantage of its pedagogical value.
C’mon, cut to the chase and show me what it looks like!
Below is a screen example of what it looks like on my Moodle 1.9.15+ production site. It opens as a pop-up window. You can drag it to anywhere on top of your current window.
Created by Fabian Gebert and Frank Wolf of Mediabird.net in Germany back in April 2009, it is in Fabian’s words,
“…an extension to existing LMS. Mediabird is a collaborative online notepad that allows small study groups to collaboratively work on shared notes at any time.
It is not only possible to extend notes or edit them at the same time but in particular Mediabird allows users to annotate notes and ask questions about them. With that respect, Mediabird combines the ideas of a wiki and of a forum but is not as public as a wiki and relates questions to the notes rather than separating them as done in a forum.
Let me give you an example: Anne, Catherine and David are working in a study group on Anatomy. The meet on a regular basis, say once a week. Last time, Anne summarized the meeting. Instead of sending it via email, she simply typed it in using Mediabird (copy and paste working as well). David and Catherine now can instantly see what Anne has done. That’s not very exciting so far, but: David and Catherine can now highlight parts of the document and insert questions. All three can then answer these questions or leave them for the next group session. In addition to that, they can extend or edit the notes Anne has taken.
To learn the different ways you can use Mediabird Study Notes in the classroom, read here!
For more information and installation instuctions, read here >>