#Moodle 2.5 Badges for Staff Development #gamification

I imagine that quite a few people reading this post will have come across the concept of badges, along with ‘gamification’.  Moodle 2.5 was the first Moodle version to include the ability to upload images of badges (or mini-certificates) that students can earn and show to friends or potential employers via social networking.  The beauty of this system is that badges can be earned from many different sources, from the most traditional to the most informal.
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By Anyashy (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

However, it is also possible to use one of the Moodle badges features, that of expiration, to manage essential staff development activities.  By setting an expiry date or a limited ‘lifetime’ on a badge it is possible to easily manage health and safety or other training that needs refreshing regularly.  It is then easy for staff and their managers to see if safeguarding, health and safety etc need updating.

If you are interested in using badges, but don’t have any appropriate images, look at this post on making free badges online.

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The Essential #Moodle 2.0 Repository

If you are running any Moodle 2+ install on a local server one of the most important things to do is set up a “file system repository”.  This allows you to upload files of any size into the system without having to modify server settings.  I’ve found it essential when running course backups, but it is also useful for large SCORM packages and video files if you don’t want to use Youtube or other 3rd party service.

This video comes from Gavin Henrick, whose blog is here http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/.

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Online Font Identifier #webdesign

Ever wanted to find out which font has been used in a logo or other image?  Without being a super design geek you can use an online service to upload an image and get it to do the hard work for you.

http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

You can use the Snipping tool in Windows or Grab on a Mac to quickly grab the font as an image for a quick upload.

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Display iOS or Android Content on Epson Wireless Projector #edtech

OK, so this is clearly an advert, but we bought some Epson interactive projectors because they were cheaper than a short throw projector and a Smartboards, and then found that you can stream content to them from Apple and Android tablets and phones!  It will show basic images and documents, and allows annotation, without needing Apple TV or server software.

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Automatically Add QRcodes to #Moodle Database Entries #edtech

You can use the Moodle database module to create many types of student activity and carefully controlled Content Management Systems.  One of the things you can do is create an advanced type of glossary, for example, you could create an inventory of tools used in a vocational area with images and descriptions of use.  The database is a default part of the Moodle install, and is one of the few activities that is guaranteed to allow you to add custom JavaScript.  On the templates tab there is the opportunity to add custom CSS and JavaScript to your database, which when combined with Google allows for the automatic creation of QR codes so Smartphones can pick up the database entry easily.

Firstly set up a Moodle course that allows guest access (not essential, but saves users logging in on a phone)

Create a database and populate it.  (see Youtube video below to see how this is done)

Click on the “Templates” tab and choose “JavaScript template”

Paste in the following code, which asks Google to make the QRCode:-
function init(){    var namedElements = document.getElementById(“qrcode”);    namedElements.innerHTML = “<img src=’http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chl=”+encodeURIComponent(document.location.href)+”&=200×200′ alt=’QR Code to this page’ />”;  }  window.onload = init;

Choose the “Single template” and turn on ‘html’ view.  Paste the following small piece of html where you want the QRcode to be (I put mine at the bottom as I want to print it and place next to the physical item described in the database)

<div id=”qrcode”></div>

 

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Levels of Online User Experience #edtech

This model from Guerra and Heffeman is a possible starting point to use when evaluating your own or other’s online courses

I found a version of this chart on a blog belonging to Mark J Rollins, and although it was created in 2004 (hence MTV reference) it still does have some relevance today and is a possible way to evaluate the activities provided by an online course.Guerra diagram of levelsof online user experience

 

 

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Smartboard and Powerpoint Timers #edtech pic.twitter.com/NcmSWJZcJs

Free Eclipse and Egg Timer Animations in Smartboard Notebook and Powerpoint Files. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 minute buttons Continue reading

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Using Google to ‘check’ idioms #efl

Use Google Search to find out how common English Idioms are before you decide to learn them.

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Smartphone Usage Infographic #edtech #mlearning

Smartphone and App Usage Infographic, created with infogr.am from more than 10,000 respondents

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Essential Educational iPad Apps Prezi #edtech #ipaded

60 iPad Apps in 4 Categories: Productivity, Core Skills (literacy, numeracy), General Ed and Fun Stuff

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