I have been using Moodle as a Learning Management System for over a year now and training a few teachers how to use it, and I feel convinced that there are many good reasons for using it in the primary school. It is a fantastic tool for storing and delivering content and all of your digital resources related to a unit of work in one place that is accessible from any internet connection. You can use it to store flipcharts, embedded videos, worksheets, links, activities, assessment items and your teaching program. I have seen it used for organising and planning Literacy and Numeracy Groups, Inquiry units and personal projects. The problem anyone who hasn't used Moodle before is that the Moodle courses (units of work) are often stored behind a firewall on a school or district server or may require an enrolment key in order to access them, so it is difficult for me to show you exactly what I mean. I have some screenshots below and some links this week to sample courses. There is some new learning involved in getting familiar with Moodle. I have taught myself so you can too. Best place to begin to learn about Moodle is with these 2 Minute Moodles . You could then download some free software such as Poodle that allows you to run Moodle on your own computer (I haven't tried it sorry) or follow this link and learn how to run Moodle from a USB stick (I have been told though that it runs pretty slow via a thumb drive). You could also try a free hosting service such as Ninehub or Keys To School in order to dip your toe in the water. You will perhaps run out of space fairly soon and have to consider paying for some kind of hosting, whether it be your own school, district, diocese or a provider such Sentral , suggested to me by Warren McCullough . Hopefully the links collected this week will help you get into Moodle. Happy Moodling.
Cool Stuff I found this week: