Here’s one from the deep recesses of Moodle.org – a very good Spelling Bee block for Moodle 1.9.x, to challenge your English linguistic and spelling prowess.
Nadav Kavalerchik is a brilliant Isreali chap with a penchat for churning out Moodle custom code like the Spelling Bee. If ever there were a Nobel Prize for Moodle Open Source coding, this Moodler would be a serious contender (amongst others) for the title. He has written a brilliant piece of code that is the Spelling Bee block. Created in November 2009 and updated in July 2011.
How it works is simple. Students are presented with an English word they should hear (audio using flash) students can choose one of the three difficulty levels for words. Then, they are asked to type in the word they heard and check the spelling. Pressing the “new word” button retrieves a new word from the dictionary. The block’s code is based on a http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ igoogle free service.
Now, unless your IBM’s Watson, I doubt if you could score high in Nadav Kavalerchik’s Spelling Bee block for Moodle.
Nadav’s Spelling Bee block is a welcome addition to any Moodle 1.9.x site, especially so if you are teaching or learning English. You can use it as a game or as a sparring partner of a simulated Spelling Bee competition. You can use it to test your English vocabulary. The score is always displayed, but unfortunately, there is no way, currently, to store your score or to keep track of your progress. For that, you might want to look elsewhere.
For more information and installation instructions, read here >>