Moodle in Education

I have been wanting to try out moodle for some time and hence set out setting up a desktop on oracle virtual machine and installed lampserver. These are the steps taken. This is not a reference guideline for running moodle on a production environment only for testing on a desktop server. Conclusion is it is great to use as a class room management software.

Moodle in Ubuntu 10.04 running a lamp-server^ on a desktop

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lamp-server^
type “http://localhost” in your browser
Should see the page “It works”
enter your mysql password when prompted (twice)
sudo gedit /var/www/testing.php
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
save file exit
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
type “http://localhost/testing.php”
Should see the php version page
Now install phpmyadmin
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql phpmyadmin
enter your mysql password and enter the password for mysqlphp twice when prompted

Create folder for data of moodle
sudo mkdir /var/moodledata
sudo chmod 777 /var/www/moodledata

download moodle from “http://download.moodle.org/”
download file to home and copy to /var/www/moodle
sudo mv moodle-weekly-19.tgz /var/www/moodle
change directory to “cd /var/www/moodle”
When in dir moodle tar the zipped file
sudo tar -zxvf moodle-weekly-19.tgz
The above command is for ubuntu 10.04
To remove the zip file after extraxting  from /var/www
sudo rm -f moodle-weekly-19.tgz

In your browser

http://localhost/moodle

Now just answer questions and installation should take place smoothly
Note 1:
You may have to copy the config.php file and paste it into a new file and place it in /var/www/moodle
sudo gedit /var/www/moodle config.php
paste the contents shown on the page save and installation should continue.

Note2:
If the moodledata folder has not been created make sure you create it and change chmod  777
sudo chmod 777 /var/moodledata
Rest of the installation will go smoothly

Note 3:
Moodle unattended means the software will install without any prompts and will be quicker, if there are and problems it will prompt for action. Unattended is good

Assumption:
You can set up a lamp server with phpmyadmin

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Educational Colloboration

The growing need to stay connected and to collaborate has made personal networking inevitable. Web 2.0 has dramatically influenced and empowered the teaching community. Some of the amazing tools that one can use to collaborate and enhance the teaching learning process are listed on PLN.For me personally the most powerful tools among them would be the wiki, I have used wikispaces as an educational tool with tremendous success. The ease with which one can edit the document can make a novice comfortable, confident, creative and collaborative. Blog’s like wordpress have been successful in expressing personal viewpoint, not to mention its power to develop creative thinking and writing skill among the young. Edmodo is turning into a social networking tool for the teaching community with a decent amount of control over the content and communication. Being able to create class groups make it quite viable for communicating with the selected group, smart phones makes this information available in real time making the tool really powerful in the hands of an educator.

Eureka Conference

February 18 2011 was a hectic day, parking was the first hassle, but some how I managed to get a spot.
8:45 to 10:15 Was a fast paced presentation which was introduced by the program coordinator for science and technology K – 12 TDSB. This was followed by a very interesting talk by Douglas Llewellyn director of science, Rochester city school district into the role of questioning and argumentation in scientific inquiry. This was an exceptional presentation which was insightful and did invoke thoughts and recollection of my teacher education days. I did enjoy it. However the time limit provided for the presentation was a little too tight, would have loved to hear more on it.
Of the four sessions that followed one of them did stand out, it was the one which used video analysis with logger pro. Amazing work. The presenter did demonstrate how a regular camera capable of capturing a 30 fps video could be used to graph the motion of a golf ball. The graphs generated were stunning. The important aspect was the time taken for the whole activity was amazingly short, not to mention the quality of the result.
The remaining sessions were not too impressive. Even though the conference was named eureka conference, I did not have a eureka moment for any of these sessions as they were trying to market some new text books. Probably if I had registered a couple of days earlier probably would have been able to get into some of the better sessions. May be next time. I should mention though apart from the parking, the conference was well organised and I did like the veggie sandwich from “Pickle Barrel”