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Teacher Tools to Know: Moodle

Are you looking for a new educational tool to use this school year? Learn more about Moodle and how it can help your classroom.

MoodleAs teachers we are always looking for new and interesting ways to incorporate technology into our classrooms. We live in an exciting time where resources are vast. Moodle is a one-stop shop designed with teachers and students in mind. It might just be the new tool you want to use this school year!

What is Moodle?

Moodle is an open-source learning management system. First released in 2001, Moodle is a web-based system that allows educators to create a personal learning environment. Teachers can use Moodle to create lessons, assignments, and assessments while utilizing a built-in gradebook.

How it’s used

MoodleMoodle offers a variety of features for educators. Through this system, you can essentially create your own virtual classroom. Moodle is a platform that can be used for online classrooms as well as blended or flipped classrooms. Teachers can create and edit courses to meet the needs of their students. Moodle can be used to foster a collaborative learning environment through forums, wikis, surveys, and polls. Through Moodle you can also post and grade assignments and assessments. Teachers can utilize their own grading scales and rubrics for various assignments. Students and teachers can also get notifications about new assignments, posts, etc. The program also allows for private messaging between users. Moodle even includes a data analysis tool for student participation as well as performance.

Pricing

Looking to try Moodle in your classroom? There are a few different options to choose from. If you are looking for a self-hosted version with unlimited users, you can download it free of charge. For those with a smaller bandwidth, you also get Moodle for free. This option is good for up to 50 users. To implement Moodle on a small to medium scale (up to 500 users), the cost is $58 per year. Thinking of adopting this for a larger school or an entire district? You can contact them to talk pricing and partnerships.

Pros

Moodle is easily accessible. Students and teachers can access the platform from anywhere with a network connection. This is made easier through the use of Moodle’s mobile app. The teacher and user frames are also user-friendly. You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to create your own course. Moodle also integrates with popular applications, such as G-Suite or Microsoft, and since it is open-source, developers are adding new features daily.

Cons

There are some drawbacks. Before choosing Moodle, you may want to envision how you plan on using it in your classroom or school. Because it is web-based, schools with ample technology resources will likely see more advantages than schools with limited access. Some of the features may be redundant with services your school district already provides, such as a digital grade book, so think carefully about which features you’ll actually use.

As teachers, we are always shopping for a more efficient way of getting it all done. If you are looking for an affordable all-in-one educational system, Moodle might be the right solution for you. Want to know more? You can find everything you need here.

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Amanda Huebner

Amanda is a certified K-8 grade teacher from Pennsylvania. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also carries a Master's Degree in Classroom Technology from Wilkes University. Amanda has been teaching in an elementary classroom for 13 years.

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