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Moodling Around to Boost Our Students' English

Moodling Around to Boost Our Students' English

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Little appetizers are cooked and served in order to sensitize and inspire the teachers to use Moodle as a powerful platform that can enhance our teaching and boost our students’ English.
Little appetizers are cooked and served in order to sensitize and inspire the teachers to use Moodle as a powerful platform that can enhance our teaching and boost our students’ English.

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22nd APPI Conference“Inspiring global learning”Moodling around to boost our students’ EnglishOctávio Lima2 May 200810h15, Sala S. JoãoHotel Melia AveiroILittle appetizers will be cooked and served in order to sensitize and inspire theteachers to use Moodle as a powerful platform that can enhance our teachingand boost our students’ English.1. The following are my students' favourite English language activities- watching and commenting on video clips- doing wordsearch and crosswords- reading comprehension- doing grammar exercises2. Before you indulge in creating brand new activities, bear in mind that the wheel has long been invented and there are lots of interesting activities madeavailable by teachers like you. So, save your time, browse and find the ones that best fit your aims of the moment. And do not forget that these activities are notsupposed to replace your classes! They will aim at (1) reinforcing what thestudents have learned, (2) filling in a few gaps, and (3) entertaining.3. Start by registering with your school network. The network administrator willassign you to the course you want to develop. She will also help you enrol yourstudents if you provide her with their emails, although the students can do it ontheir own.IIDeveloping interactive resources A. Watching and commenting video clips1. Turn editing mode on2. add a resource > compose a Web page > Name: give the activity a name > Fulltext: insert activities and click <> to insert the access code of the video clipcopied from the “embed” window in, for example, Youtube > save changesB. Reading comprehension1. Using direct links
 
a. Turn editing mode on b. add a resourse > compose a Web page > Name: give the activity a name > Fulltext: type in the activities to carry out; highlight the word or phrase you wantthe desired text to link to > click the icon of a chain (next to the anchor) > insertthe URL you want to link to (do it in the minimized box), and click OK > savechanges2. Through a link after using Fleck to prepare activities that will come up withthe text/article like a yellow post-it note.a. In Fleck, copy and paste the URL from the address bar of your web browserand Enter: the desired page appears in a shade > click “unlock” in the upperright corner > click “note” > type questions or comments in this note; you may add several notes and drag them wherever you want > save > copy the URL of this new document b. In Moodle, add a resourse > compose a Web page > Name: give the activity aname > Full text: type in the activities to carry out; highlight the word or phrase you want the desired text to link to > click the icon of a chain (next to theanchor) > insert the URL of the page with the “note” you want to link to (do it inthe minimized box), and click OK > save changesC. Vocabulary 1. Wordsearcha. Inhttp://www.wordsearchmaker.net/, develop the puzzle as you add the words you want the students to find > copy the code b. In Moodle, add a resourse > compose a Web page > Name: give the puzzle aname > Full text: type in the instructions > click the button <> > type in furtherinstructions or activities > save changes2. Crosswordsa. Inhttp://puzzles.puzzled.com/crossword/, follow the instructions to makethe puzzle > in "You can find the HTML version at", click the underlined link >copy the HTML address of these crosswords. b. In Moodle, add a resourse > compose a Web page > Name: give the activity aname > Full text: type in the instructions > highlight the word or phrase you want the crosswords to link to > click the icon of a chain (next to the anchor) >insert the crosswords’ URL you want to link to (do it in the minimized box), andclick OK > save changesD. GrammarIn Moodle, add a resourse > compose a Web page > Name: give the activity aname > Full text: type in the instructions > highlight the word or phrase you want the page to link to > click the icon of a chain (next to the anchor) > insert
 
the grammar exercises’ URL you want to link to (do it in the minimized box),and click OK > save changesIIIDeveloping static resources1. Making text documents, sound and pictures files available Administration > Files > Upload a file > Browse: choose the file you want andclick “open” > Send this file > check mark the box to the left of the name of thefile you’ve just added to your Files area > add resource > link to a file or webpage > Choose or upload a file > check mark the box to the left of the name of the file you want and, on the right side of the files list, click “choose” > savechanges.2. Making links availablea. Language (online dictionaries and grammars) and culture linksBlocks > add > HTML > in “new HTML block”, click on the configure icon (thehand with the pencil) > type in the title of the block > in “Contents”, enter thename of the page you want to link to > highlight it > click on the chain icon(next to the anchor) > paste the URL of the page (do this in the minimized box),and click OK > save changes > use the arrows to drag the block wherever you want b. RSS (Remote news feeds)Blocks > add > HTML > In “New HTML block”, click on the configure icon (thehand with the pencil) > manage all my feeds > paste the URL address of the RSSfeed you have chosen > click the button “add” > configure this block: type in the block’s title > save changes > use the arrows to drag this block wherever you want.c. Blocks with weather forecast, calendar, daily thoughts, jokes and cartoons can be added following the steps described above.IV Further notes1. All the resources or activities already prepared can be kept hidden from thestudents and made available whenever needed. You only need to click the Eyeicon.2. To call the attention to new updates, click “Add a new topic” in “Latest News”.The message will be sent to the emails you’ve selected.3. Only a minority of my students (10
th
graders of a Professional Course and 10
th
 and 11
th
graders of Recorrente) have used the resources I made available. A few 

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