Moodle item of the week
As Christmas approaches and report writing looms large it can be a really good idea to look at the questionnaire module in moodle. The questionnaire module allows you to ask students questions and to look at answers to a question or to look at a students entire set of responses at once. Why would you look at all the answers to one question? If you ask students what they would like to revise in a topic it can be useful to check out all the answers at once. Why would you look at the entire set of responses from one student? I regularly ask students in my tutor/form group to fill out a questionnaire about their lives at the school. This can provide very useful information about the activities they are involved in, the subjects they are finding difficult etc. This will make for a richer set of reports.
The questionnaire module is not to be confused with the survey module. It is a 3rd party moodle module (this means that it does not come with the standard install and has to be downloaded). A tutorial on how to use it can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD3rLzVfSvU
I-phone app of the week
Use the Photoshop Express application to improve and edit your photos! I recently changed my avatar using this application.
Edu Application of the week
A great resource for language teachers is the free comic strip creator http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ – this free resource allows students to create simple comic strips and email the results to you or themselves (or both by emailing to themselves and forwarding to you!). This is a good alternative to the expensive ComicLife or some of the other free online programs which require students to log in and create profiles (which has implications for digital safety).
Website of the week
It is worth checking out this http://www.globaleducationconference.com/ website this week! I have taken part in online conferences using eluminate before and find it to be a great software to use. The times are very convenient for those of us in the GMT time zone!