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Sloodle 101 - Basics of sloodle

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Sloodle as understood by Salahzar :) I'm saying I'm heretic... Sloodle has been created by various Universities for educational purposes.. but in my opinion and others we think it has an extraordinary power we can use for many other targets. It seems a complex thing, but it is extremely useful and it can be very easy to use What is sloodle. Sloodle is an acronym for something complex. You can inform on google simply put it is strictly bound to virtual teaching and learning experiences but what is of interest to me in this movie is the core concept it binds the experience of a web educational course with secondlife experience Web course is built with MOODLE, which is an opensource GPL system while SLOODLE is even more opensource... We are collecting the various experiences made in last 10 years with the incredible 3D experience we find in secondlife We use it to build up "experiences", i.e. real life moments this is typical in secondlife, and it is very useful for teaching, but I see many other possibilities. We agreed with SL creators: to do also conferences, talks exhibitions, virtual museums, shared experiences creation, collective blogs we can do virtually whatever we can think, in short, it is a system for sharing the knowledge which is using the best of the web AND of the 3D experience What do we find in this tool? Sloodle tool, just to say it in two words. Let's explain what are the components we are saying what is in in July 2009, there are other things, but I'd love to show you the most important... We have a shared "cat" with secondlife From secondlife it is possible to chat and share the chat with the moodle website now we can also share with skype, thanks to the work mad by Italian community and mainly by Junta Kohime With that there is this socalled web-intercom. Who chats will be relayed on secondlife, on the web AND on skype this is very important: we can store experience in predefined places Then we have the "presenter". This is a system that allows to collect slides and YouTube movies We have a "dispenser" to give the class material... It gives automatically to participating people (when they touch it) We can do visual "polls", we can do "quiz" This part on "quiz", for the experience we hava had recently is extremely important because allows people to "play" People likes to play a game (this is the perception) and competition, and videogame but mainly is a way to self-evaluate and to build a collective knowledge path Knowledge is not perceived like something boring, but something interesting... It's possible to handle "assignments" homeworks left for students... This (enrolment) is at the end, but from the Point of Vied of moodle it is of utter importance It is very important to understand WHO participated at the class We must record people participating this is also useful to understand how the students are self-learning Then we have the glossary. Here we can define the terms we are using This is quite interesting: auxiliary tools allowing you to use facial expressions like I'm bored, I'm interested, raise the hand to put a question Then we have many tools allowing to share and publish the information Freemail allows the publishing of posts with photo on the blog SloodleTool allows the publishing of textual information on the blog chatting on the HUD We have then some tools useful to explore the environment Clicking on the objects each student can see their description We will see them one by one... One really important thing is to understand the ROLES of people in sloodle. This evening we will see just the student (participants) side. We call students participants. They should participate to the class with the least burocracy and knowledge possible The participate to the class, contribute to the blogs and answer quizzes They can register to moodle site... But some classes can be even free for all, without any burocratic overhead We will see this evening mostly the participant part, but here we look at a preview for other roles (( In my opinion the fact sloodle accepts unregistered users is VERY notable )) To open up access to everybody is one of the most important aspects of knowledge Apart from the student role, we have the Teacher / Organizer role I've organized a 102 class where all needed for the teacher is will be said Teacher will create the courses, rez the objects in sl... Hold lessons, create quizzes... Manage blogs and the forums... Then we have anothe role: the Sloodle web site administrator She is the person who manage the website and maintains technical updates. It's not trivial The sys-admin activity is normally quite complex.. This burden usually is not associated to teachers Especially if they haven't deeper computer knowledge And then we have the "hardcore" part in sloodle: the developers... They are those people who know very well all the computer subtleties and can fix program errors and produce new tools In Italy there are people like me or Junta.. Internationally Fire Centaur But let's come back to 101.... :) What do the students see? This is the very first approach What will see participants and guests There will be a 102 explaining what teachers are to do a 103 for the system administrators and a 104 for developers 101 in English means a very basic class on a specific topic Let's start from the first tool Probably what you will see in a sloodle class (if the teacher has decided to have it) is the enrolment booth (( if we want to do things seriously people should register in moodle )) This means... When the class starts, teacher will tell you to "register" and you must click on this sign in the booth You will see a window opening and there you will find the moodle site Where you register or login with your identity There are classes not using this procedure (free classes) Then we wee one of the most useful tool: the presenter This tools allows for showing slides These slides will be shown using the multimedia system available in secondlife This system, like many other things in secondlife sometimes doesn't work The interesting thing is that if you cannot see the slides in SL, you can still access the presentation in the moodle web There you can see the slides, the YouTube video etc Presenter allows the teacher to show the slides in secondlife without paying money to Linden Here we have the web-intercom Yes, it is this box This box is connected to the moodle website Click it to authorize it to record what you say in chat Voice will NOT be recorded Chat will be relayed to moodle website So that a history remains We are compliant with privacy low... Starting from May 31st 2009 Junta Kohime did an extension to this web intercom This extension allows to relay the chat also on Skype chat system Skype is widely used Here is one of the most cute thing to see visually Teacher can create a real time poll or question In secondlife you will see a "notebook" like this a 3D noteboodk with a legend for all the choices Here for example some old parties in italy in the 1980 People can click on the colored boxes and the tool will show in real time the choices made by all participants You can use this in various ways: to check if people get bored, or to check how many knows a topic, to adapt your classes It can be a valuable tool for adapting to the class Now you can give to all participants this HUD A HUD is something staying on the screen. Students can click a button for instance to raise up their hand They can "wave" to attract attention They can clap if they love what you are saying HUH... If they are getting confused YES, I've understood NO => I didn't understand GOT IT => understand completely NOD if they agree Clicking on the hud the corresponding gestures will be applied to each avatar This might give a realism feeling to the class You can create some interactive and fun situations.. Some people don't love these because they are distracting Next: We can create travel blogs With sloodle tool. The same tool of before if you clicked on the "blog" part (not the class gestures) clicking on the blog you can post on your moodle blog You must be registered on moodle Post is written directly on the chat: "we are here and we are attending this class". At bottom you see how many characters are left When finished, click on "save changes" and post is submitted to website With this tool, you can also see which avatar are close to you and their real identity Somebody told me this can be useful When you have posted you can go on your blog on moodle. Here what you will see Each registered avatar gets automatically a blog where people can write I'm the administrator, and here's my blog See: information I wrote with HUD now are here This is what appears on the web Using this HUD we can write information on the web FreeMail is another thing: I call it "travel blog" We use a standard feature of the secondlife viewer. You can send a snapshot to friends via email We send the snapshot to a well known address in our case: [email protected] I put my starting email in subject I must put the user and password I have on the moodle website A snapshot is sent from the location where I am and I can add a comment clicking on enter the email is sent and I can go and check it On the website you will see the snapshot, the comment and the slurl You can see this on the website only after 5 minutes. There is on sloodle.it a precess that collects emails every 5 minutes Another important thing: assignment evaluation Teacher can assign "homeworks" or assignments to students. Students must touch this object Once touched this object it will show "Waiting for submission from " avatar ... You should ctrl-drag the object you want to submit into the box. In this way teacher will see what you have put and evaluate it What you are dragging must be full permissions and creator must be the same as the owner Otherwise this tools will not work, and giving an error Once put the assignments, the teacher will check them from the website. There we can see which object have been put We can check who when and what had put in the object Next... Quiz chair is the top tool in sloodle :) I use it always when I want to explain how much funny and interesting can be sloodle This is our quiz chair It's very simple, just sit on it.. The chair will acknowledge you and ask you some quizzes Will ask a question and give you the possibility of answering. If you answer correctly the chair will raise one step If you answered incorrectly it remains there If you are doing it with many people you can see visually who's the best There is a competition, but it is really the fun part which is noted Course creator can go on the moodle site and check who answered and how much they took and the results Here we have two people who answered correctly And a person who missed some questions We know exactly day and time and how much time they took in doing the exercise Quizzes can also be done with this kind of "log" or tile them up Question is rezzed in front of everybody and it is possible to answer in public Everybody can see which is the correct answer This can be a way to discuss quiz after played with it or before Quiz Hud is something lateral I marked it as an exploration tool, for instance in museums It is practically a HUD you wear When you explore the environment and click on an object on the HUD you will see a kind of web minipage where there is a picture a title and a description so you can learn more on that object This is called quiz hud because apart from exploration there is also a quiz section Clicking on "quiz" you will be shown some questions and possible answers marked from A to F Students can then click on the tabs on the right and choose the right answer This is the page where manager can set up the mini webpages for the exploration Here you can put the text, picture that must appear etc This is for the organizers This is an example of a quiz with three possible answers clicking on an answer the hud will tell if you answered correctly and will give you a score As usual the teacher can see who answered and how Quiz Hud is NOT integrated in sloodle, but it is clever :) Here we have the metagloss, that allows us to define a glossary It is a box... People can ask the box to define some concepts or even searching for part of the words For instance here I did a glossary speaking about "frame". Typing /def f glossary will search all words containing the "f" and will explain the meaning In this way people participating at the course will know the concepts we are using Then we have the "dispenser".. It is a way for give the class material (I call it also a "fridge") if you click it we have a menu where we can choose what we wish to have given We can distribute notecards or class materials Most notably, this dispenser can be inquired directly on the website Teacher or participants can go on the website and manage to have a copy ofr the class material or notecards just clicking on a button This is very similar to how xstreet is working Who wants an object can go on the website and click on a button even without reaching a dispenser in sl Here we have some further add-ons When we enter the moodle site, for instance in sloodle.it we have always a forum set up. Who participates to the class should also participate to the forum To understand how to go on, criticize and so on In the forum it is possible to deepen any concept, add files and also start organic discussions in moodle we have also the possibility of building up a wiki to grow a collective knowledge Wikis are very well known (after wikipedia) and so I'm not going to explain them now We can define additional pages in a very simple way For example, writing "go to [foobar]" foobar will become a link to the page "foobar" This is the end. Good bye and see you soon for the organizer 102 class Who is only "using" sloodle as participant should be ok with this (or almost) :) While organizers must get bored with my other slides :) Good bye to everybody

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Duration: 26 minutes and 46 seconds
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Producer: Salahzar Stenvaag
Views: 197
Posted by: salahzar on Jul 26, 2009

The basics of sloodle

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