Using word to create Moodle Quiz items the easy way

Hi all, this template at http://www.finemetronome.com/moodle/ can really speed up the process of creating quizzes in Moodle.

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May 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

Using Google Sketchup to Represent Shape and Space

Hi all, 

This screencast talks about how to use “Google Sketchup” to represent a fenced yard so that students can visualize the scale of objects and shapes.  Hope that helps,

Cheers,

Doug

April 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Creating, Resizing and Uploading a video to Moodle

Hi all,

The topic of video and Moodle has been coming up frequently. How do I take a video that I’ve recorded with my cell phone and post it to my Moodle or Mahara page without using all of my server space or requiring the student to download a really large video. The following screencast shows how to take such a video, convert it using HandBrake (click for the site) and then upload it to moodle in a playable format.

As always, let me know if you have questions.

Cheers,
Doug

March 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

The Moodle Videos

Hi all!

I’ve finally sequenced all of my Moodle videos into a coherent playlist.

Click here to view

Let me know if I’ve missed anything,

Cheers,

Doug

March 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Using Geogebra to Geometrically Prove Pythagorean Theorem

Hi all,

Below is the common geometric proof of pythagorean theorem. The idea is that since the sum of the areas of the triangles doesn’t change between these two squares, the total of the hatched areas does as well. Therefore The area of the square on the left – who’s side is represented by the hypotenuse of the 4 identical right triangles – must be the same as the area of the little square on the right (who’s one side is “a” units) plus the larger square on the right (who’s area is b units). In other words a^2+b^2=c^2.

The tutorial below shows how to create the diagram above using geogebra as an interactive simulation (changing the sliders changes the shape of the triangles, yet the property always stays the same):

 

The recording cut out at the end, but the only things I did after that part were purely asthetic.

Cheers,

Doug

February 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm 1 comment

The Mathematics Online Planning Guides are now on Learnalberta.ca

Hi all, 

Several of you have been asking where the rest of the Mathematics Planning Guides are. Here’s a brief screencast about how to find all of them from K-9. 

  1. Browse to http://learnalberta.ca
  2. Create a teacher account if you don’t already have one, and log in.
  3. Click on the Programs of Study tab.
  4. Find K-9 Mathematics
  5. Find the outcome you are working on.
  6. Click the apple icon and choose “Planning Guide”

As always, let me know if you have questions…

Doug

February 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm 1 comment

Using Google Docs to create a live interactive Venn Diagram for Moodle

Hi all,

I used this trick in a workshop I facilitated last week. Rather than using chart paper to collect ideas as a Venn Diagram I created a live Venn Diagram using Google Docs and linked to it via our moodle page. Here are the basic steps I used, but the screencast below takes you through the whole process:

  1. Create a GMail account and use it to sign in to Google Docs 
    • Create a New Drawing in Google Docs
    • Draw 2 circles overlapping and use the paint function to make them partially transparent.
    • Use the text tool to label the circles
  2. Click share and change the privacy settings to “Anyone with the link”
  3. Copy the URL provided to your clipboard
  4. Turn editing on in your Moodle classroom and select Add a resource -> URL
  5. Give the link a description and paste in the URL you copied in step 3.

Here’s the whole process as a screencast. Enjoy. 🙂

Cheers,

Doug

February 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm 4 comments

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