• Technology brings Moodle, wiki pages to class in Franklin Regional
      Thursday, May 06, 2010
    • The district received a Classroom of the Future grant from the state Department of Education and, with it, hired a technology coach four years ago to help educators use computer technology in the classroom.
    • Now, teachers are using such entities as blogs, Moodle and wiki pages to help inspire discussion among students, create question-and-answer sessions and help with the completion of class projects.
    • “Basically, the learning in the classroom can take place beyond the bounds of the normal school day,” he said. “A teacher is able to post an item on his or her blog or wiki, and their students can respond to it or it can lead to discussion.”
      Teachers also are using Moodle — Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It can be best described as a free and open-source e-learning platform.
      “It is an online course management system,” Mr. Crider said. “It helps the teachers create discussion and collaboration among their students.”
    • Entities such as Facebook and Twitter also will be used in the future, if they are not already, added Mr. Crider.
    • David Whipkey, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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