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Samuel Tan

Teachers TV Resurrected in More Ways Than One

Teachers TV was finally put to rest at the end of April 2011 (see here). The coalition government had announced its decision to shut down the website way back in October 2010 but, thankfully, all is not lost. The collection of around 4000 videos and materials have now been rescued by teachers and is now available online (read about the teachers work here). This together with appointed ‘agents’ by the government, through so called non-exclusive distribution agreements means that around 3500 of those 15 minutes long video clips will continue to be available online for free on different websites.

So where we find them now…

Sleek and Easy Way to Embed a PDF onto Your Moodle Course Area in 5 Steps

Here is a quick tutorial on how to embed PDF document onto your Moodle Course Area and make this available in a viewer frame, all achieved in 5 simple steps. Embedding a Portable Document Format (PDF) file onto Moodle is very similar to adding an iframe on a webpage, although the codes to achieve this look slightly different.

We start this exercise by first uploading a PDF document to your course area. Then the link of the file is copied and used on the HTML code below when creating a Web Page resource. We also take a look at the different parameters that adds functionality to the PDF viewer frame within the browser. Read more…

8 Steps to Embed an E-book into Moodle

Here is a quick tutorial on how to embed an E-book into Moodle. When planning and creating resources on the VLE for the topic and subject you wish to cover, www.scribd.com is a good place to start apart from wikipedia.com, encarta.msn.org, bartleby.com, merriamwebster.com and britannica.com.

We used the following scribd.com document to build this tutorial.

Resource Referenced: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52586960/Royal-Weddings-Through-Time

5 Steps to Get the Most of Your VLE

Here are 5 tips to get the most of your VLE (for users of all levels):

  • Try adding the different ‘Resources’ and ‘Activities’ in your course area.You may create a test course (if you have the correct access level) or request for a ‘sandbox’ course area from your administrator to try out the diferent features on your VLE.
  • Do not be daunted by the OPTIONS. Often you find for any ‘Resources’ or ‘Activities’ you create there are many different options. Go through these options and understand as much as you can but don’t worry if you can not understand some of these. Simply accept the default values and come back to it later.
  • Hands-on learning. Creating the different ‘Resources’ and ‘Activities’ allows you to relate to how the e-learning environment can complement or replace some of the classroom teaching and learning processes. Having the hands-on experience and coming to realisation how these can improve your way of teaching is the best way to learn.
  • Start creating your courses. Now that you have tried the different features and options and understand how to use VLE better, start building the resources and activities you would use for your class. Plan how each chapter or topic can be covered through applying the different features. Map out your objectives and targets. Create an overall framework for the course, keep populating and improving the course area lesson by lesson allowing you to break down the course creation into manageable chunks.
  • Reach out to others. Don’t be afraid to ask and seek out different opinions on how others maximise the benefits of the system. These can be thought peers such as your colleagues, online forums, system administrators and sometimes even from the some of the students,

Lastly, remember to share your ways of working and improvements that you found on using the learning environement with others.

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Author: Samuel J. Tan

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iPad 2 for Education

Apple’s New iPad 2, is it for Education?

Education had always been Apple’s niche market, since the launch of the very first Macintosh, however with more and more consumer devices added to its portfolio such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, they were able to break into the mass market taking on other market segments (portable music players, mobile phones and tablet computers), subsequently creating new ways for marketing their wares (iTunes, AppStore and Accessories). Apple calls this the post-PC era but is the iPad 2 for Education? Read more…

A Little Mischievous – Clicker Alternative

A quick look at how you can create engaging lessons with the good old mice

Last month, I wrote an article on using Gadgets and Apps for Learning and it featured the Clicker as one of the must have learning gadgets in the classroom. Quite simply, the wireless device allows teachers to engage students with technology common to every household and not very different to the television remote. The clicker lets teachers access to instant feedback and answers from a whole class in a matter of seconds and anonymised feedback means students are not afraid to get the wrong answer and learn from it. While there are plenty of software and hardware vendors out there selling their own versions of the clicker, we have come across something even more familiar…

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Let’s Go Paperless in Schools

Stop printing, get online, cut cost and save the environment

As more and more  banks and utility companies persuade, incentivise and cajole us into switching to paperless bills and statements, one wonders why Schools are not doing the same? The amount of paper and ink saved from sending out newsletters, letters to parents, event calendars and announcements per week, month or term would translate directly to significant cost savings for schools.

Going paperless would reduce the cost of maintaining photocopiers and printers; the cost of ink and toner consumables and spares would undoubtedly feature less in the ICT budget. On top of this, schools will be taking the lead in contributing to an eco-friendly means of communication – helping to reduce waste and save trees. So how exactly would schools go about achieving this? These are some of the options available to reduce printing and paper copies. Read more…

Teacher and Student Software Toolkit

A Zero Cost Software Toolkit that Every School Should Have

There is a whole host of open source, freeware applications and online resources for education available over the Internet that makes one think hard about paying for software. As long as you have a computer connected to the Internet, whatever the job is, with a little research, there is bound to be an application out there that will do it and does it well. Here, we would like to make your life just that bit easier by starting a compilation of applications and sharing this with you. We call this the Teacher and Student Software Toolkit, read on to find out more…

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Budget Cuts Does Not Mean Cutting Corners

How to get more value out of your ICT investments in schools

While the UK education sector is experiencing multiple budget cuts imposed by the Government and financial constraints, this does not mean that schools and colleges should cut corners with IT. There are plenty of free resources available to the education sector and creative ways to manage the cost of education IT. With years of investment in IT, the sector should now leverage on their investment and try to get more value out of their investment. Yes, there may be hardware and consumables that need replacing but with proper management and support, the education sector can be smart with their budget and be green at the same time. So how can education be creative with their budget… Read more…

Gadgets and Apps for Learning III: Netbooks

Part three of the series, we take a look at how a Business and Enterprise College took the bold step in 2010 to become the first learning institution in the UK to give every student a dedicated netbook, a lightweight and green laptop that provides it’s user with essential all day computing. With a student population of over  1400, the project is by all means no mean feat. So what are the advantages of using netbook in school and at home? Read more…

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