Dianne Brook – Head of IT at Monte (Keynote Day 2)

Dianne Brook – Teaching the Net generation 

Rapid change rate is making things very difficult.


Digital natives in our Midst – Aliens and not the same as us..  How do we connect with them? 

Significant differences between generations.


ABC of XYZ Mark McCrindle – Interesting should Google this.  -Generation Y Article


Go to the site PS Trixie – Website that illustrates the literacy model students are interested in.  Where does that put our literacy that comes from our backround.


Participatory Web

™       Blogs

™       Wikis

™       Myspace

™       youTube


This has engaged girls at Monte.  It is the way students connect with their community. 

Accuracy and depth however are hard to get from students.  How can we tap into the ‘WikiWorld’?  We need to look to how we can move to this model.


Students want and need structure.  However things need to be fast passed and interactive! 

What is ‘Flash mobbing’? 


Moodle and the Net Gen

™       Collaborative

™       Interactive

™       Participatory

™       Activities and Resources

™       Graphics

™       Fast (Quiz results, instant gratification)

™       Structured


™       Technology is important only as the tool which enables activity

™       They like the convenience of online course material

™       Learning by doing

™       Human interaction

™       Cut and Paste culture

™       Skimming and graphics

™       Multitasking (Primary sector has engaged in this far better than Secondary


They are the first generation to not turn to older generations for information

How to engage with Net Gen?

™       Attempt to engage with modern technology

™       Become digital migrant

™       Multiple techs

™       Be flexible

™       Allow multitasking

™       Collaborative tools

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Example of a moodle being used at a school!

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Integration of Elgg and Moodle – Martin Langhoff

Social networking tools 

Integration of Elgg and Moodle – Martin Langhoff



Look out for the invisible hand


Focus of commercial social networking sites

™       Aggressive data mining

™       Sell

™       Coopt community

™       ……profit




™       Socal networking

o       Blogging

o       File sharing

o       Podcating (RSS)

™       Educational community focus

™       Open Source (GPL)

™       Customisable


Moodle Blogs

™       No ‘My friends’ focus

™       Lack some advanced blogging features

™       Contral to one Moodle installation


Student Community Hub

™       Access for students across Moodle setups

™       Opt-in registration

™       Single Sign on via Moodle

™       Access after student account lapses


Installing ELGG is not a trivial process.  Difficult to do!  Needs expertise 

Single sign-on is possible through the use of backend stuff I do not really understand.   Sounds very complicated.


http://get.catalyst.net.nz/gitweb  – Do not go here very bazaar website!  Extra plugins and other things for ELGG are available at the website.

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Martin Langhoff – Catalyst (Keynote Day 2)

Martin Langhoff – Catalyst 

Software development – In the Open Source world.

Moodle Bazaar – Moodle is going very well, because it has built a support mechanism around it.

This is not about Moodle the software, but Moodle the products and services.

People using Moodle (Moodle user base is large)

™       Independent teachers

™       Small institutions

™       Large institutions

™       Others NGOs, HR dept

™       Online v paper-online v blended

™       Bottom up v top down

A range of different interests – These contribute to a system that is unique

™       Ideas

™       Perspectives

™       Expertise

™       Motivations

™       Roles

™       Goals

™       Mechanisms

Where does this lead? (Same as Linux development)

™       Running is all directions

™       Looks Chaotic

™       The core work is done centrally – Heavy load on the central organisational level  – This is central to any open source project

™       Every change has to have no negative impact on any user

™       This is hard to manage

Look at ‘Moodle on a stick’ project!  USB exe for use on computers for experimentation 

Use of DimDim for VoIP and streaming video.  Investigate!  http://dimdim.com/

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Moodle Certification (Teachers)


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Adam Taylor AP Christian Brothers High

Creating the Need – For  Moodle 

Exciting teachers to use Moodle

Courses need to be real and have the potential to have 100% uptake.

Activities need to be accessible to all teachers.

Teachers are hard on their students with expectations, but have low expectations of them.

Allow students to collaborate.  Changing he types of tasks you give the kids.  Allow and encourage it through the types of tasks you give.     Do it consistently.

Blended classroom environments are everywhere.  It should be an expectation.  Equity of access needs to be considered!

Augment the use of Moodle within the classroom.

Model to support staff is an interesting thing to consider.  What things do we need to have in all schools?  Possible carrot!   

Meeting individual needs!  How?  This is Key.  Collaboration is important!

Teachers professional standards might be an idea.  School Blog to record.  Maybe look at teachers working with teachers + ICT support?

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Dorothy Woodhouse 

Provide PL for teachers Adult Community College (ACC)

Focus was on how to create an online classroom environment.

They use Edna groups – Go to Go Edna Groups and search for EquitE


Also used a virtual ‘live’ classroom – Synchronise stuff

Cool tools for literacy explored – Good resource for web 2.0 stuff and how they might be used in both the online and regular classroom.


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