Just a reminder that in just 15 minutes Sean Beaverson and John R. Sowash are hosting a Google+ Hangout discussing Moodle.
Since there is a limit on the number of participants they’ve created a Google Doc for collaborative notes, questions, sharing, etc. This is a first time hosting something like this and hopefully in the future the limit on the amount of participants will increase. So come hang out and see how it works!
Are you going to the West Coast Moodle Moot in California in a week? If so, come join the community and engage in the Collaborative Doc. My colleague (@smbeaverson) and I came up with this idea during the 2011 iMoot, where it started out as a simple blank document with a few directions:
and it was transformed into 19 pages of notes, edited by Moodlers from all around the world. From the United States, to Australia, to Mexico, Sweden and Hong Kong! I’d like to start the same type of Document with my very first Moodle Moot : )
I’ve created a doc for the upcoming West Coast Moodle Moot– http://goo.gl/vODg0. It’s a public, open document for anyone to edit. Please feel free to help organize the doc or contribute to it–with notes during the conference, questions or ideas to share.
Also “sign in” by entering in your Twitter handle and name so we can continue to network with other tools during and after the conference.
Please pass along the collaborative doc URL – http://goo.gl/vODg0 – and remember to use the Moodle Moot hashtag #mootusca11
Looking to learn more about Moodle this summer? Make networking connections? A great opportunity is at the Midwest Moodle Moot July 20-22 in Goshen, IN. I think attending a Moodle Moot this summer is a great time to go because of the release of Moodle 2.1 on June 30th. I’m actually going to the one in California in July and my main focus will be on Moodle 2.x
Here are the details
2011 Midwest Moodle Moot web site: http://midwestmoot.com/
Dates/Location: July 20-22, Goshen, IN
Registration Fees: Conference $135 (early reg.); Workshops $65 each. (Register here!)
Keynote Address: “The National Education Technology Plan: How we will all help each other transform education,” Steve Midgley, Deputy Director of Education Technology, US Department of Education.
Unfortunately I will not be attending as I am attending the one in California a week before. Here is a list of the Moodle Moot sessions along with the workshops list.
The iMoot has been going on for 3 days now and with the exception of a few bumps in the web conferencing it’s been a tremendous success. Props to the iMoot team, great presenters and attendees for their back channel chat during presentations.
Along with separate iMoot session Moodle courses including forums, a collaborative doc has been created for the Moot. Moodlers have been taking notes and sharing about the sessions they’ve attended. We still have a day or two of the iMoot left so feel free to continue taking notes. The great thing about the iMoot is that all sessions are recorded and can be viewed..well forever. The collaborative doc will be available forever as well.
Even if you’re not a attending the iMoot take a look a the public iMoot Doc here. If you are attending please share with others, just take a look at what others have documented or give us your Twitter handle and network with other Moodlers.
Short URL for the Doc: http://goo.gl/aSgco
Again, thanks to the iMoot team and all of the presenters! I’ll post later on my favorite sessions.
Oh, and one last thing – make sure you channel your inner Moodle Rockstar and buy some iMoot merchandise. There are tons of cool items from water bottles (I bought) to pajamas to t-shirt and mugs!
The time has come for the second annual iMoot!
Here are a few items that may help you prepare:
- Simple schedule in PDF format
- Important Note: The times on the PDF are dynamically set by the timezone in your iMoot profile. Please make sure you set your timezone first to make sure you get the correct times listed on your schedule
- With iMoot due to start in less than 24 hours we have deployed the “Session Navigation” block to help you know what’s on, who is presenting it and to provide you the link to get there. It essentially is an interactive, live updating and dynamic online session schedule that works as every attendees “All Access Pass“. – read more
- You will find this new interactive schedule through both the “iMoot Programme” link on the iMoot homepage as well as via the “Session Navigation” block on the top right of nearly every iMoot page. – read more
- Have any questions, need help? USE THE FORUMS!
I must say the biggest difference so far from last year is the awesome navigation between sessions and the schedule. It’s SO much easier to navigate and to quickly search the sessions and easily go to that session’s course. Way to go iMoot team!
If you haven’t registered for the iMoot yet, REGISTER HERE! Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #iMoot2011 when tweeting about your iMoot experience.
Coming Soon: A Google Doc for collaborative note taking and sharing throughout the iMoot. Will post when it’s created.
Quick notice that the 2011 iMoot sessions have been chosen and announced – here’s the list. If I had been paying attention to @iMootOnline I may have known it was coming : )
There was also a discussion posted giving updates on keynotes, speakers and what’s changing from the 2010 iMoot.
Speakers now locked in
Last week we finally approved our Speaker list and this is now public for all to see. If you did not make the final cut this year, please do not be disheartened. I would urge you to submit a paper again for next year as we would certainly love to hear from all those who want to share their Moodle stories…read more
I’ve posted about iMoots before and as you know I highly recommend attending. One of the perks is that if you want, you are able to watch every single sessions because they are recorded. Something you can’t do at a face-to-face conference. If you haven’t already, register for the 2011 iMoot – it’s less than 1 month away!
Again, check out the recently announced 2011 iMoot speakers!
For the past year and a half Minnesota Moodlers have been sharing and collaborating with each other through a Google Group and monthly meetings. It first started with a Ning, but when that service went to a fee-based system we all moved over to the Minnesota Moodle Users Google Group.
During the school year we pick an afternoon and a restaurant and meet face to face once a month to discuss Moodle. It’s a great way to get outside of your school district’s “bubble” and learn how other district’s are using Moodle.
Even if you are unable to make the face to face meetings it’s beneficial to be a part of the group to see how Moodle is being used around Minnesota, get responses and help from colleagues and share your own experiences. Moodle.org has a great community as well but we find it beneficial to have a smaller, more intimate community of Moodlers that makes it more personable.
Another great Moodle User Group is Moodle Mayhem, created by Miguel Guhlin, which also uses a Google Group for discussion and a Google Site for resources.
So if you’re from Minnesota or just want to join a Moodle User Group visit the Minnesota Moodle Users Group and request a membership! Our next meeting is tomorrow – Thursday March 31st in Maple Grove.
Back in January Helen Foster wrote a blog post telling about all of the “official” Moodle Twitter accounts. I just wanted to remind users of them!
- @moodle – The official Moodle.org Twitter account
- @moodleplugins – Tweets about newly added modules and plugins to the database
- @moodlethemes – Tweets about newly added themes to the database and other Moodle theme news
- @moodledev – Tweets about the CVS
- @moodlesecurity – Security announcements
- @moodlejobs – Job offerings and wanted job that are Moodle-related
If you don’t already use Moodle, I highly recommend joining and following the above Twitter accounts and check out this awesome WeFollow – Moodle site, where it lists the top Moodlers on Twitter. That link is the place to start when trying to find good Moodlers on Twitter.