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August 10, 2009

Moodlin’ through class

LG freshmen first to receive Netbooks

Locust Grove is gearing up for a high tech school year. The upperclassmen at Locust Grove High School may be green with envy when this year’s freshmen start sporting their brand new Netbooks. The sophomore through seniors may not get Netbooks but they won’t be left out of the technology loop when the

new Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning, System) is introduced by teachers this fall.

Moodle is a software package used for producing Internet-based courses and Web sites. The system helps educators and business teach their curriculum using many different methods rolled into one system. 

The term Moodle is an acronym but according to www.moodle.org, it is also a verb.

“Moodle … verb used to describe the process of

lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often lead to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.”

With the help of Moodle, teachers like Tim White will be able to start their own Moodle page where they can upload class assignments, lectures, video and many other forms of multimedia.

“I’m excited I like to use a lot of video,” said White. “Moodle is the tool that allows you to combine everything.” The social studies teacher is also

excited about the opportunities a system like Moodle can bring. The system will allow students who are homebound, whether it be for illness, injury, discipline or pregnancy, the opportunity to continue being a part of the class room experience. 

“This will allow kids to access the class remotely,” White said.

A student will be able to log onto the Locust Grove Moodle site, http://moodle.lg.k12.ok.us find their class and access assignments, lectures, power point presentations and much more. The system will be a great asset for students outside of the classroom but it will also be utilized within the classroom. 

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