My latest post (Dig into Digital: Israel Ministry of Education Moodle Templates) introduced one of the uses of Moodle in K-12 in Israel (Incidentally, there are more uses both for many school subjects, and for projects. I should also add that Moodle, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams are used as Virtual Learning Environments that complement the work we, teachers, do in our classrooms. While this started before COVID-19, there is no doubt that, among other Digital tools and content, the use of Virtual Learning Environments in K-12 has been given a push here in Israel.)
I guess there is a possibility that there are colleagues in other countries who might be interested in getting a few more details. Someone might even try to get something similar done in the framework of their country’s Ministry of Education. I will share a bit more of what I can show. Please note that the Templates/courses are available to teachers who teach in the framework of Israel The Ministry of Education. Accordingly, I can just give you a glimpse into the courses, and some details.
The templates/course contents are uploaded using Moodle Resources and Moodle Activities only. While H5P is not strictly Moodle, it has been integrated into Moodle, so it can be considered Moodle. The idea was not to use any tool that is “not-Moodle” because it might not be available in the future. In other words, it might disappear and be out of use, something that would not be suitable for a template. Similarly, video clips and sound files used have mostly been uploaded (stored) on a Ministry of Education account. To be sure, The Ministry of Education has taken care of issues such as Accessibility, Inclusion, Copyright, and Intellectual Property, too.
In terms of the presentation of learning content and the way pupils navigate each course and interact with the content, almost all the courses are similar: The course format is “Tiles”, the units have a clear (and similar) learning path to allow for independent earning, and pupils can progress with or without teacher support. Teachers can use the course in the classroom and guide pupils as to what to do or leave everything to the pupils. As far as I know, most of us, teachers, have been guiding pupils to help them make the most of the courses.
This video will give you a glimpse into one of the courses/templates
ISo far, only two Templates, which I have helped develop, look different: “Preparation for COBE on Moodle! Get it ALL in The Best Learning Management System available! ” and “PPBL – Practical Problem Based Learning”.
Moodle is indeed quite flexible, so I am sure that if teachers elsewhere put their creativity to work, they will find a way to make the LMS help pupils, and so will their Ministry of Education. As a Moodle enthusiast, I am glad that the Templates / Courses available for different school subjects are all on Moodle.