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New Tools “LMS 2.0 – Engaging Learners Using More Advanced Techniques and the Odd Mash-up inside Moodle”

Jason Hando
Sydney, Australia
Blog: http://cleverlearning.blogspot.com/

Jason Hando is a teacher of Design and Computing subjects at Macarthur Anglican School in Sydney, Australia. Over the years he has filled many roles, the most important being Outreach Coordinator for the school, leading teams of students and staff overseas to help communities in developing countries and Head Teacher of the Technology Faculty, leading a team of inspirational teachers and developing innovative courses.

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Presentation Title
“LMS 2.0 – Engaging Learners Using More Advanced Techniques and the Odd Mash-up inside Moodle”

A series of screencasts showing people how to bend and stretch Moodle to allow for authentic, web 2.0 style, participatory engagement and learning for their students. These screencasts will be accompanied by support files where appropriate, such as backed-up Moodle courses that can be restored on people’s sites as well as any instructional material such as worksheets in pdf form. I’d also like to provide some way for people to screencast their own work in Moodle and share with the rest of the community – perhaps using screen-o-matic, a free screencasting tool that works from your browser. This will allow other people to share new ways they have used Moodle.

iPod ready
http://k12online.wm.edu/handomoodlemashups.m4v (Run Time 7:04min; m4v; 13.2MB)
Audio only
http://k12online.wm.edu/handomoodlemashups.mp3 (7:04min Run Time; mp3; 1.6MB)

Supporting Links
Introduction: http://www.screencast.com/t/Z8XBVNe8IC
First Mashup– adding pageflakes: http://www.screencast.com/t/BasffBxUMAt
Slideshare mashup: http://www.screencast.com/t/WR7FfBfQai
Vuvox Mashup: http://www.screencast.com/t/h6MuGU6x

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  1. Rita Hughes

    Thanks for the tips–I use Blackboard so I can hardly wait to see if I can try some of these in that program.
    You did a great job!

  2. Jason Hando

    Thanks for your encouraging comments Sonny and Sharon.

    The credit for these screencasts really should lie with the fantastic team that put this conference together – in particular I think for my stream I couldn’t have had a better crew than Wes Fryer and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. So supportive that it made this happen!

  3. Fubdog

    Thank you teachers! We (at VUVOX) have had a lot of interest from students to use VUVOX for their school projects. The top feature request is to ‘save locally’ to their computer.

    Please send feedback so we can make this better for Visual expression, education and communication. Feedback is welcome and taken very seriously.


    all the best,

    the VUVOX Team

  4. Jason Hando

    Hey Jeff, Vinnie and almohaya,

    Thanks for the great comments. They are very encouraging words.

    As for the version, my current site is running 1.6 but am soon to upgrade now that I feel 1.8 is stable and maybe even go to 1.9, depends on what I read on the forums at http://moodle.org.

  5. Dave Powers


    Thanks you for taking the time to create your presentation. I have been exploring different uses of Moodle with my math classes, and your idea of embedding tools made on other web 2.0 websites makes a lot of sense.

  6. Frank

    All very cool Jason. Moodle couldn’t rock harder. If F/OSS doesn’t rule the world yet, it will.

    To that end, I’d love to see any district interested in a roll-your-own solution such as setting up Moodle instead of sending the district treasury to Blackboard, to host it on a GNU/Linux computer.

    ANY OLD computer can be set up with Ubuntu (ubuntu.com) or PCLinuxOS (pclinuxos.org) and you’ll have entered a new realm. Be prepared to support your jaw and to reinsert your eyeballs.

    If all you’ve experienced is Macintosh or Windows computers, opening Synaptic, searching for Moodle returns Moodle itself, Moodle Book, and Moodle Edu theme, clicking one off and pressing Install, ought to fairly blow your socks off.

    Still not convinced? Try any of the thousands and thousands of other applications that are all Free (as in freedom as well as free of cost).

    Kids, this is only for a Linux user, please don’t try this at home…


  7. Jason Hando

    Hi Dave & Frank,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Moodle does rock my sox but i find it even easier than you suggest Frank seen as Moodle is now one of many web solutions that installs with one click through fantastico on many web hosts. A $10 a mth account will get most teachers/schools started before they get hit by big numbers and have to migrate to a larger hosting plan. I still host mine this way through a cheap monthly shared hosting plan – works a treat!

    I also like where Moodle is reportedly headed – eportfolios and outcomes are two areas I am greatly looking forward to. Not to mention conditional activities!!

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