Scott Charlson presented the session “K12 Student Engagement: Beyond the 3:00 Bell” at the 2008 Oklahoma Distance Learning Association (ODLA) conference on 13 Nov 2008. These are a few of the links and notes I jotted down from his session.

A Ustream.tv recorded archive of Scott’s session is available.

MoodleRooms is being used by the K-20 Center at OU for affordable Moodle hosting (sold in blocks of 500 seats, they buy the $3 per seat version)

Places to get speaking avatars for your website:
– commercial: http://www.sitepal.com
– free: http://www.voki.com

Moodle explained with LEGO

A “challenge cast”
– an audio explanation of a learning task prepared by a teacher for his/her students

— end of notes —

After Scott’s session, I learned about Mike Garmon, a teacher at Altus High School who has setup the website http://bulldoghigh.com
– Lisa Wahrmund is an English4 teacher at the school
– The IT department in Altus is blocking this website and preventing students and teachers from using the Moodle environment setup by Mike from being used at school
– Mike has written an extensive, 25 page justification / argument for using this Moodle enviornment to support learning at Altus High School

I am going to reach out to Mike and see if I can interview him as well as the Altus IT director to get more information about this situation.

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3 Responses to Moodle advocacy by School Charlson

  1. Tomaz Lasic says:

    Great to see something created on my desk (the Moodle explained with Lego clip) see the light of day on Speed of Creativity!

    I have been in a somewhat similar situation like Mike with my employer (govt department, not the school itself), who despite the success of Moodle at our school (here is proof!! http://human.edublogs.org/2008/08/06/how-can-moodle-change-a-school still considers Moodle, and Open Source Software in general, to be a dirty word.

    Please pass my best wishes & support to Mike. Thanks Wes

    Tomaz Lasic

  2. Steve says:

    It’s not all roses with Moodle. Scan some of the recent posts on the blog below to see what you will not see discussed on moodle.org

    http://moodleus.org

  3. Tomaz Lasic says:

    Ah, Steve H. the vanguard of caution !

    I continue to admire your tenacity and bringing things out in the open but then nothing is perfect (that includes your “black-eyed” writing and my “rosy-eyed” writing).

    For my 20c – Moodle has been absolutely fantastic (dare I say perfect 🙂 at our school, and we will, and do deal with all sorts of security breaches, viruses etc every day anyway (not in Moodle but other, proprietary, software I have to say). Thanks for pointing things out but overall, speaking as a long time classroom teacher Moodle is a very worthwhile project.

    Peace 🙂

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