This post (like a Smore Newsletter I will share) aims at giving teachers of English as Foreign Language confidence in their Moodle abilities. I hope it can whet their appetite for Moodle. No less important, I hope my colleagues can be helped to help their pupils use Moodle. Using Moodle can be done effectively as part and parcel of our teaching strategies.
The post may also serve to give people elsewhere a glimpse into what is being done in K-12 English Foreign Language in Israel. Perhaps it sparks an interest in doing something similar that can cater to K-12 in other places.
As I have shared on ElearningWorld (https://www.elearningworld.org/author/eduardo/), The English Inspectorate and The Ministry of Education Technology Division believe that using Moodle for English as Foreign Language can enhance K-12 English Foreign Language Skills. Accordingly, Moodle English digital courses for pupils (“Dig into Digital“) have been developed and are available for teachers to use free of charge. These courses enable digital learning alongside classroom learning.
Much time, thought, effort, collaboration, and money have been invested in this national project. The courses are structured according to the curriculum and allow both teachers and pupils to access excellent, ready-made content from anywhere, at any time, and at the appropriate pace. Moodle has been chosen as the right venue for these courses. As a Moodle enthusiast, I am glad I am taking an active role in this.
Teaching with Moodle English Digital courses: The Challenge
How can the path of thousands of teachers in Israel’s K-12 system towards an enjoyable use of Moodle be smoothed?
This challenge has been (and still is and will be) met in several ways:
- The English Inspectorate has been offering Webinars, Zoom meetings, Workshops, and more.
- ETAI (The English Teachers’ Association of Israel) has made it a point to address these challenges in the last few ETAI conferences.
- English Inspectorate counselors have been contacting teachers on both a group and an individual level.
- The English Inspectorate site features abundant information and links. see https://pop.education.gov.il/tchumey_daat/english/chativa-elyona/bagrut-exam/dig-into-digital/
- I have taught several Learn Moodle Hands-on Workshops in the past. Since late June 2022, I have been sharing Smore Newsletters (see https://www.smore.com/3stk5-teach-with-moe-moodle-templates) that I hope teachers find useful. The latest newsletter is about Enhancing English Skills with Moodle (see https://www.smore.com/p4syz)
- I guess there are more ways that I am not aware of.
The Ministry of Education Moodle Platform houses all the English Digital courses for pupils (“Dig into Digital”). Accordingly, it is best to learn Moodle on a Ministry of Education Moodle course (and on the current Moodle version used by the Ministry of Education). If teachers can enroll on a Ministry of Education How to use Moodle-kind of workshop, then that is great. However, teachers can also learn Moodle on other Moodle platforms, and then apply what they have learned in their own courses. Learning to customize Moodle Courses adds much indeed.
Image: EFL Classroom https://openclipart.org/detail/292544/efl-classroom by j4p4n – uploaded on December 26, 2017, 10:48 am
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