Eduardo Lina: Teacher, Trainer, Moodler

Eduardo Lina: Teacher, Trainer, Moodler

Jun 24, 2017

Lookin out for partners in an ewinning project

I am trying to get in touch with teachers who live and work in countries other than Israel) to participate in aneTwinning project. I have in mind something smilar to what I did with teachers from Spain a few years ago. It doesn't have to be using Facebook, though

Jun 21, 2017

A "Moodle course in the making"

The attached video shows yet another course that can easily be created using Moodle. This "Moodle course in the making" is part of the work done in the framework of yet another "Learn Moodle" awesome workshop (you can join that course if you want to). My point is to help teachers of English in israel see the advantages of using Moodle for Blended Learning at school. As a matter of fact, I believe the Ministry of education, which in many ways is "going Moodle" , could try to go a step further and provide schools in israel with access to their own Moodle Platform. Moodle is Open Source and does not belong to private companies. That makes it appropriate to be used in State / Public Education.

Apr 4, 2017

The Passion Project on Moodle

My 10th grade 5 points pupils will be getting the "Passion Project" ready during and after the Pesach break. As could not be otherwise, I am using Moodle for Blended Learning. You can get a glimpse into what we are doing on this short video. Moodle is much more than just a cool digital tool

Mar 11, 2017

Moodle: It's more than just a "cool" digital tool

Pupils nowadays live in a technology rich environment. Accordingly, teachers must provide interactive opportunities which motivate and allow pupils to focus on learning.  Using different “cool” digital tools when teaching English is one way for us, teachers of English as Foreign Language in Israel, to provide such opportunities.

However, while looking at apps and finding ways they can be used in the classroom is very good, it seems to me that it is better to use a Virtual Learning Environment such as Moodle, to mention the one I like best. This Learning Platform provides much more than opportunities for interaction using digital tools.
You may want to check this link to find out “Why you should use a Virtual Learning Environment”.  Allow me to quote “some reasons why:
•    Communication – opens up an infinite number of channels in the format of forums, discussion threads, polls, surveys – instant feedback either as a group or individually
•    Producing work – students do not physically have to find their teacher to hand in work due to secure virtual ‘hand-in’ folders that have time windows
•    Resource hub – teachers have infinite online storage space for ppts, docs, worksheets etc. that can either be secure or shared with students
•    Dynamic home pages – teachers have the opportunity to create an exciting virtual space to represent their room/subject
•    Links to outside sources – pathways to all other online learning spaces are linked via the VLE
•    Embedded content – YouTube, BBC, newspapers can all be embedded as the dynamic feed of the homepage
•    Podcasts & videos – both teacher- and student-produced podcasts and videos have a shared platform; again, either secure or shared”.

I have been using Moodle for a few years now. I have found that using Moodle to support my Face to face lessons in the Classroom helps me engage pupils. I believe I make my pupils study more, which is what I want, and no less important, be exposed to "more" English.

While there are  pupils who complain that they have to work harder because I have them use Moodle, there are those who say that they profit from the experience. You can't please them all.

The Ministry of Education is “going Moodle”, as this platform is used in each and every teacher professional development workshop. Most academic institutions in Israel use Moodle, too. Using Moodle, we can help pupils get used to the Learning Environment they will be using at College or University.

If your school works with Mashov, then Moodle is available right away. Jump at the chance and give it a try! You will not have to do any sort of "administrative work", as you get a space on the Platform for every course you teach. Moodle even keeps your courses from year to year, which means that you can re-use and update contents whenever you want.

If, however, your school does not work with Mashov, you will have to check whether you have access to a Moodle Platform through your school. I once heard that this can be done through the Ministry of Education, but I do not know if that is so. Check it.

There are free Moodle workshops available online, but I guess the best venue is to join a workshop that caters to your needs as a teacher of English in Israel. I hope to facilitate another one soon if I am given the chance.

If you access this link, you will be able to get a  glimpse of both how I have been using Moodle at Kugel High School, and how I have been helping fellow teachers of English learn to use Moodle with their pupils. Who knows? You might eventually want to become a Moodler yourself.


Feb 23, 2017

A glimpse into what happened on the How to use Moodle Workshop

The "How to Use Moodle in the English Classroom 2016 - 2017 Workshop" is over! 44 teachers have fulfilled the requirements, and completed the tasks successfully.  They have attended Virtual Classroom meetings, accessed Pisga's Moodle Platform to view the course's contents, worked with their pupils on their Mashov Moodle Platforms at school, documented their work on Moodle creating at least two videos using Screencastomatic, shared learning material, insights, internet sites and the like to create a Sense of Community, learned from and help each other, and uploaded awesome Final Tasks.
Would you like to get a glimpse into what has happened on this workshop? The following video clip may help you do that. Thanks for your time!

זהו! סיימנו את ההשתלמות השנייה בנושא MOODLE. אני מודה לעמיתי מורים ומורות לאנגלית שהאמינו שלא אבזבז את הזמן, המאמץ, הסבלנות והכסף (16 וחצי ש"ח - עלות הרישום במרכז פסגה) שלהם. 44 משתלמים מכל הארץ סיימו בהצלחה לאחר שהשתתפו בשיעורים וירטואלים סינכרוניים, למדו בבשיעורים א-סינכרוניים בסביבת MOODLE של פסגה- משרד החינוך, לימדו תלמידים באמצעות סביבת למידה MOODLE של בית הספר, תיעדו את העשייה שלהם לפחות בשני סרטונים שיצרו באמצעות SCREENCASTOMATIC, שיתפו את הסרטונים, הסברים, רעיונות ועוד בפורומים ומטלות, כתבו בוחן מקוון בMOODLE , שיתפו תכנים, הגישו מטלה סופית ועוד. הייתה זו השתלמות מעשית.. באמצעות סביבת למידה MOODLE אפשר לשנות את הדרך בה מלמדים ולומדים אנגלית (לא רק) בבית הספר, אך בשביל זה צריך סביבה תומכת ומורים ומורות יצירתיים שלא מפחדים משינוי. פגשתי אותם בהשתלמות. בסרטון המצ"ב תוכלו להתרשם ממה שנעשה