Neural Forest for Administrators - Moodle

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Over at Intended Consequences, Tim Holt invites us all to craft 5-minute basic technology tutorials for administrators. While such an approach may tend to emphasize tools, I can see where Tim is headed (at least, I think I do).
I started a site called the Neural Forest for Administrators because I was noticing a distinct lack of knowledge by campus administrators on the basics of educational technology. The site is simply a series of blog entries that are designed to be very short, to the point, somewhere between Twitter and Blogs. 
 Here's what Tim writes by way of explaining the structure for the Neural Forest for Administrators:



Each entry has four parts:
1.  What it is--essentially giving an overview of the topic. 
  1. 2.  Why it is important--why do they need to know about it
  2. 3.  How they can use it--How can a campus administrator use this technology on their campus?
  3. 4.  Helpful links--links to further information, or the actual site. 
Each entry should be able to be read in less than 5 minutes or less.

So, here goes, just for fun:


What Is It?
If you want to establish an online presence for your school, one way of accomplish that is to use what is known as a course management system like "Moodle." Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a free Web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.”


Why Is It Important?
Need to build an online community that enables dialogue with your parents? While there are many tools available, one such tool is Moodle. Moodle is one of several ways that you can facilitate learning activities, collect information, as well as facilitate online learning for K-12 or adult learners. 
Moodle, a course management system, can provide a solution that can be used to bridge the divide between school and home.


How Can You Use It?

Campus/district administrators also can use it as a way to direct book studies with their teacher teams or conduct electronic coffee meetings with parents and the community. Many school districts now use "parent portals" to facilitate access to grades, enable parents to pay their child's cafeteria bill online, and so on, but those are low-level engagements that don't get at the power of the story. 

One question we can ask is, How can teachers get out of the way and enable children to share their own stories and learn from each other? How about by using Moodle to facilitate learning conversations and online activities that are protected? Protected because students are behind a login and password.

Do you have any helpful links?
Below are a few links to get you thinking some more about using Moodle in your teaching, learning and leading situation:





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Tim said…
I also like the format for the 7 Things You Should Know About... series (http://www.educause.edu/7Things) that EduCause has been using for years. But whether you use that or Tim's more concise approach, we need to make sure the emphasis is on the why and not on the geeky details and cool factor which sometimes overwhelms these discussions (and the administrators).

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