Author Archives: jhagen

End of School

In his recent post “End of Web“, Dean Groom explains his thinking behind an alternative reality game as a sandbox for professional development in 21st Century Learning. The essence is this: “if you want teachers to learn about enquiry/technology then … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Disintermediated World

In his recent post “Cutting out the Middleman“, Chris Betcher asks, “Who are the educational middlemen?” In other words, who faces the chop if disintermediation affects education as it has other industries? I have a few thoughts on this subject … Continue reading

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Engaging learners in Moodle – part 1

Foster independent learning through the thoughtful design of your Moodle course. Courses that simply contain lists of links to a teacher’s favourite web sites and documents are unlikely to be independently explored by students no matter what the circumstance. This article illustrates how students can be enticed to explore the resources and activities of a Moodle course by embedding hyperlinks into a simple narrative. As students follow links from the narrative, they discover additional resources to meander through. The ‘book’ activity in particular is a great tool for packaging resources into a single page in a format that facilitates this sort of investigative meandering. Continue reading

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Infuse it!

In the posting titled “I don’t want to integrate it, I want to embed it!“, Jeff Utecht wrote that the word ‘integrate’ gets on his nerves. I’ve also pondered this for some time because it gets on my nerves too. … Continue reading

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Cyber Safety

Even before the recent cyber bullying bruhaha at another Sydney girls school, we’ve been taking cyber safety pretty seriously at Kambala. Initiatives have included presentations by Greg Gebhart to staff and parents and Tom Woods to Year 10 students. In … Continue reading

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Embed RSS feeds into a Web page

In the March/April 2009 (not May as stated in the screen cast below) issue of Learning & Leading with Technology is an article explaining how to create custom RSS feeds using a tool called Feed2JS. This screen cast demonstrates how … Continue reading

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Moodle News Forum – did you know?

One in a series of mini-tutorials originally emailed to busy colleagues. All courses in Moodle have a News Forum. Only the teacher can post news and announcements in a course’s News Forum. All students enrolled in a course are automatically … Continue reading

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Moodle Calendar – did you know?

One in a series of mini-tutorials originally emailed to busy colleagues. Each Moodle course has its own calendar and the teacher can record events in the calendar. When a teacher creates various activities (e.g. an assignment where students upload work), … Continue reading

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Moodle Blocks – did you know?

One in a series of mini-tutorials originally emailed to busy colleagues. You can modify the ‘blocks’ that appear on the left and right sides of your Moodle course/s (e.g. the calendar block). You can move blocks up and down or … Continue reading

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