Here is my response to Goal 27 from Teacher Reboot Camp 30 Goals.
I have investigated my online profile and it exists, but isn't too exciting.
However, I just realized that I have been working towards this goal the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR :) . I have posted notes, assignments, video clips, practice quizzes, tests, and podcasts for my algebra and biology students on my Moodle site all year. This has been extremely time consuming and has had its ups and downs. I love lists so here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of my moodle site.
- quick and easy to upload files, links, videos
- students use moodle in other classes so are somewhat familiar already
- I can "see" who has been on my Moodle, what they looked at, how long they spent
- quizzes and tests are graded immediatley = students and teacher get feedback
- the calendar allows us to see important dates
- students can submit work to me
- other teachers can use/share my stuff
- Academic Center (help room) can use my stuff for all students (even if they have a different teacher)
- once I post it up there, it is there for good
- parents can access it
- most students do not go on Moodle unless they HAVE TO (aka: I force them on in a computer lab)
- most parents have never even looked at the site, even though the link/password are on every email I send out
- I am THE ONLY MATH TEACHER AND THE ONLY SCIENCE TEACHER IN MY SCHOOL using Moodle
- I may be THE ONLY MATH TEACHER AND THE ONLY SCIENCE TEACHER IN MY district using Moodle :(
- I am pretty sure my administrators have never even looked at my site :(
- it takes forever to create a quiz/test from scratch
- very dull/boring appearance
- I tried to import a math practice test from ExamView and the images wouldn't work
- couldn't figure out how to type exponents for the multiple choice problems, kind of important in algebra
Overall using Moodle has been a great experience.
I love having everything online for students to access whenever they would like. It has been great for absent students and a few parents have used it... Plus, I truly believe my students NEED to learn HOW TO LEARN with technology. There are so many great tech tools for them to use to learn with now, but most don't take advantage of it. Or they are just unaware of what they are missing.
Did I forget to mention I was never "formally trained"? I just figured most of it out myself. Becasue of this, I am sure there are oodles of things I don't know how to do. I have tried to "sell" Moodle to many of my colleagues, but most won't invest the time to learn how to use it. I did get 5 others to actually login and create their Moodle account... we have to start somewhere :)
So now what.... well, I just created mrsreckling.com
I started out with 1 blog last week and now have 3.
I will "force" my students to blog next week (we are on spring break right now).
My husband created mrreckling.com for his 8th grade English class and his student are already blogging :)
I am planning an after school session for students on "How to Use Technology to Learn and Study". Hopefully this will expand to a session for other teachers and even parents.
I may even take a break from the classroom for a year and really dive into the ed-tech world.
I have 10 years of classroom math, science, and computer teaching experience. I am a great speaker, positive person, HARD WORKER, love to learn, and am semi-addicted to technology. In addition I have earned a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University back in December of 2005. Check out my Capstone Portfolio... my how things have changed.
You may access my Moodle Site by logging in as a guest. password = falcons
Michelle Reckling is a dedicated teacher, learner,
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