Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Another online tool that my colleagues and I have been trying is the "Moodle." After hearing some Moodle talk in the science office, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try it out. I attempted to make an online quiz for my Pre-AP Chemistry class. The quiz was only 2 questions and when I tried it in class...well, let's just say it didn't go well! I had a bunch of settings wrong and did not choose question types that worked well with the assessment.
But after asking LOTS of questions, and taking more time to play around with it have been able to use Moodle for my student's reading quizzes, uploading their lab documents and a quiz retake. Now, I can say that Moodle is awesome! It grades your assessments for you with immediate feedback for the students, sends emails to your students to provide feedback for lab documents, tracks all student activity, etc. As I said, I have not explored even close to what Moodle has to offer, but it has been fun learning about it and using it in class.

Learning 2.0 Class

The Online Learning 2.0 Class has been great! We are constantly introduced to new technology everyday and I always feel overwhelmed with trying to learn it and figure out ways that I can use these various resources in my classroom. This class has helped me discover so many ways to incorportate my blog, wiki, podcasts, etc in class.
At the beginning of this year, it was my goal to create 2 podcasts just to see how it works and benefits my students. I have to be honest, I'm not sure I would have taken the time to check out the Camtasia software and create a podcast if this class did not require it. But since I have done it, I was able to see how easy it really is!
It was really nice to have Micki Wayman and Patrick Carter taking this class along with me. Since we are all in the science department, we were constantly comparing and collaborating about ideas on technology for this class. Those of you who also took this class could probably also see we were a bit competative about finishing first, too!
The technology is still overwhelming at times, but I really enjoy learning about it and integrating it into my classroom.