Please introduce yourself, let us know a little bit about you, and where you are from.

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I am a Technology Integration Specialist for Northbrook District 28 in Illinois, USA. I started up Moodle in my last district and loved it. So upon district 28 luring me away with that ever important chance to expand my opportunities and wealth (of course), I just had to implement Moodle here too. Different attack plan with greater success. I give workshops and presentations, and poster sessions whenever I can to share the "coolness" of Moodle to as many others as I can find that will listen, watch, and be WOWed. FTC publishing asked me to write a book which I did called Moodle Magic: Make It Happen that has been available for purchase from their website http://www.ftcpublishing.com since the end of August 2007. I love my job, which seems like play, since I get to explore and learn and share throughout 3 elementary buildings and a junior high getting teachers to try new technologies integrated into their existing curriculum making learning easier and fun.

Max and Dewey are my two small parrots. Max is a Sun Conure and Dewey is a White-Bellied Caique. The Sun is a prissy princess and the Caique is a total clown. Both are female, and both are spoiled. Thus my screenname everywhere being "featheredflowers" in case you ever really wanted to know.

Since I mentioned my fids (feathered kids = fids) I should probably give my hubby some comment. He is great, awesome, sweet, fun, supportive, funny, and usually thinks I'm either weird or nuts. Constantly thinking this deserves pointing out that he chose me thus weird or nuts must be his taste.

In my free time when I am not continually exploring the world on my computer, I enjoy art quilting. This means that I sew mostly what qualifies as a quilt but is pretty much only usable as a wall hanging. I paint, dye, manipulate, and embellish fabrics to create 3 dimensional art that is quilted, displayed in shows and entered in contests.

That's me! Anything else you would like to know, just ask.
Laurie Korte
Laurie,

Glad to see you here. I am a retired teacher who was early on the Internet bandwagon, so your job would also be my favorite job!

What does Moodle do for the students? Or is it a professional tool?

Anne
Thanks Anne. Moodle is a Content Management System (CMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is similar to BlackBoard or WebCT but free open source. Teachers use it to enhance learning beyond the classroom walls and I use it to offer professional development at the convenience of the teachers 24/7. Check out http://moodlemeet.ning.com to see what a bunch of us discuss and do with it.
Laurie Korte
Hi Laurie-

Our tech director is looking into switching from the BOCES provided Schoolwires system to a Moodle site. This past summer I created a content management site in Drupal at www.masterymaze.com. I would be curious to know how it compares to Moodle. Drupal is also open source and I was told it is better for media than Moodle, and as a result I chose it as my platform. I am creating video podcasts. The site evolved into a learning community site to be used by the world. We are only up a couple of months and are focusing on getting the word out this new year. Please let me know what you think. Thanks for the info.

Sue P aka The Maze
Hi Sue,
I don't have any information about Drupal's content management site. Moodle has so much support and so many people developing ideas I haven't found an end. Please feel free to visit a Ning with a bunch of "moodlers" discussing what they do with it at http://moodlemeet.ning.com
Laurie
Laurie,

When you said it is a newer application of Blackboard, I know what you are about.

I suspect, that many teachers will put their courses online "as is", but many more will revise their courses, especially adding new resources. Tell your teachers, especially elementary and special ed teachers, to check out the resources on http://www.educationalsynthesis.org ... Of special interest are the reading books (My Own Books) which are individualized, then read online or printed into a booklet. The Famous Americans is another popular resource. You may want to tell your special ed teachers that My Own Books came from an experiment to involve an autistic nephew into reading and history. Andrew loved the books about HIS adventures in history and other areas.

Anne
Welcome Nick!

Thank you for setting up the media literacy group!
Hi Nick and welcome.

I teach secondary social studies and this is a very important topic that I try to cover as much as I can in my class. I am glad you are focusing on it. Students today do not understand the differences between many types of media and information in general which they receive. This is something which we need to cover as teachers. Great stuff on your ning. I will join as soon as I get a minute later.

Feel free to see our site as well. Thanks!

Sue P aka the Maze
Hi, everyone! I'm Jeremy Brown. I am a special education teacher in Rockville, Maryland, USA. I teach young children (grades K-5) with autism. I also do some co-teaching in science with the general education teachers in my building. Instructional and assistive technologies are professional interests of mine. I try to incorporate technology, especially Web 2.0 tools, whenever it would be beneficial for my students.
HI Jeremy and welcome.

I am a gen ed social studies teacher who co teaches as well. I have all inclusion classes and I am in the last throws of my special ed cert. Because of the difficulties my students have faced in passing the standardized tests in NY, I started podcasting and using web 2.0 tools. It has transformed my classroom and results! There are many things we can do to address learning styles and reach all the kids we have. I recently launched a learning community site to share my work and facilitate collaboration! Feel free to explore and use it if helpful! I am also looking for collaborators to add and share content. Good luck!

Sue P aka the Maze
Hi Jeremy! I am new to Classroom 2.0 also! Nice to see a familiar face here:)
Beth
Hi Beth, Hope you are enjoying your time so far with classroom2.0. When I joined there was 1 familiar face, too. Now I have lots of them from the new friends I have made. I have been a member for 8 months now and have learnt so much from it. I teach grades 4-10 information technology and have been able to introduce many web2.0 tools and collaborative projects to my classroom. Have a look around at the members, and make friends with people who have similar interests and we look forward to hearing more from you.

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