Daily Archives: February 26, 2013

EDUC 370: WordPress vs Moodle

In EDUC 370 you create a Moodle page and you create a WordPress website. Both are web-based but there are some differences; this post will describe some of those differences.  As you probably know, your Moodle page is only visible to those whom you enroll in your class.  No one else can see the information you put there. Your WordPress site is visible to anyone to whom you give the address, namely http://wp.bridgewater.edu/yourlogin   But another difference is sustainability.  At this point, it is unknown how long your WordPress site will be available but there are no immediate plans to take it down at the end of the semester.  However, your Moodle page WILL be removed and that’s why it is important that you learn how to make a backup of it at the end of the semester.  By having a backup of your Moodle course, you can later upload this to the Moodle server in any school system which uses Moodle. 

Many school systems also will have a WordPress server for you to use.  But even if yours doesn’t, you can always create a free account at http://wordpress.org

Hopefully, even if you lose the information on these two sites you have learned how easy it is to create both and will have the opportunity to do this in your future employement.  Both are great tools for teachers.

Help in WordPress

Did you know that you can frequently get your WordPress questions answered by clicking on the Help button in the upper right hand corner of the screen?  This link not only displays somWordPressHelpe quick information about the current screen you’ve viewing but has links to other documentation and support forums that can answer your questions for you.

High Tech Assignment in EDUC 370

HillKaliadeoscopeOne of my favorite assignments in EDUC 370 class is when students share with the class a high-tech hot topic of their own choosing. For example, some students may show the class a nifty iPad app they’ve found which will be useful to them when they teach.  Some will use a flip cam to capture a moment on video to share with the class.  Some will show class members how to use a Smart student response system or a Smart Slate.  Some will find a cool SmartBoard activity on Smart Exchange to share.  The idea with this assignment is that all of us who teach need to be constantly learning new technologies.  We always need to be searching for ideas which will enliven our classrooms and help students learn better.