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Started by Monika Kern 25 Mar 2012 12:31pm () Replies (29)

Hi there, I'm fairly new to VLN but trying hard to get up to speed :)

I work at a Decile 1 Intermediate in the Far North. I would like to run my computing class web based, and advice in a different group was to look at moodle or similar. The MoE website lists three providers for MLEs, KnowledgeNET, Ultranet and Moodle. We have also received information from a 'new to NZ' firm offering EduSpot.

How do we choose the most suitable MLE??? Money is an issue (goes without saying). Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!!!!!


By the way, EduSpot run a webinar on Wednesday 28 March 12:00

Link: https://promo-manager.server-secure.com/ch/7360/r9nb4m/484293/3a1199zcm.html

Meeting Number: 620 618 844

Meeting Password: eduspot

Many thanks in advance, Monika


  • Gerard Macmanus (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 10:16pm ()

    Good evening Monika, this very much depends on if you are looking for a solution for the school, or a solution for your class.

    If it is for the school, start the conversations with your curriculum leaders, get representatives of each of the Learning Management System providers out and have them present to the staff, it needs to be a staff decision on which one they want to use.

    If it is for yourself and available inside school only, I would suggest finding a computer at school, it can be windows and instal XAMPP http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html on the windows computer or create and install a ubuntu server if your are familiar with linux, and download a copy of moodleinschools.org.nz http://www.moodleinschools.org.nz/sites/default/files/moodleinschools- this is the NZ Ministry funded moodle installation that schools can use. Get involved with the moodleinschools.org.nz community and connect with people in your area, they may be using it as well. There is even a Moodle Community on here as well. /pg/groups/123482/moodle/

    Start using it, its amazing how quick the students and teachers develop the blended learning between online and in class teaching.

  • Fiona (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 10:09pm ()

    In support of Tania's recommendation Software for Learning includes product information and examples from schools using Google Apps for Education, you may find useful.

    I would also recommend considering developing a school wide plan for deploying Google Apps for Education vs you as an individual teacher creating a Google Site as this will support increased opportunities for collaboration and learning across the curriculum.

    Webinar - in a US context but some useful ideas for consideration are explored.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 9:43pm ()

    Some really good advice here to get you thinking, Monika. Thanks, everyone:-)

    I'm not going to recommend one particular platform, but instead suggest that you should base your choice on some/all of the following:

    • what is the learning direction for your students - their needs? your school's curriculum? This is the most important driver for your decision.
    • how will it support and extend what you are offering to your students, in terms of pedagogy and the content they will be exploring? (for example, how do you want to share and communicate resources, engage them in different learning activities/pathways, facilitate peer collaboration and different forms of communication to suit the learning)

    The technical platform you choose will need to meet the students' needs as discussed above. From a technical point of view:

    • what is affordable and compatible with your current system in school?
    • what time and resources do you have available to support the introduction and development of the MLE?

    Enabling e-Learning provides an overview of MLEs and a link through to the Ministry's site, if that's useful too:-)...and the e-Learning Planning Framework accentuates the importance of the school's/teacher's curriculum driving the decisions around technology.

    Hope this helps.



    Enabling e-Learning / Blended e-Learning

  • Tania (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 9:32pm ()

    Hi Monika,

    I would suggest google sites.  Totally free and can be as open or closed as you liked - as in open to the world or invite only.  You could have great discussion forums happening on here between each class.  I am based in Whg and travel to the Far North as part of my role.  Happy to catch up sometime for a korero.  

  • robin ohia (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 4:46pm ()

    Kia ora Monika

    Have you considered LAMS? Rather than tell you all about it here, perhaps you could Google it to draw your conclusions? We have a ministry hosted server. 

    More than happy to have a conversation when you are ready.

    Cheers Robin

  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 3:30pm ()

    Initially I would like to use it for my Computing and my Music Classes. I take all classes throughout the school during their teachers' CRT which at our school is one day/fortnight, and normally they get one term = 5 sessions per subject. For Computing, rather than making them a workbook which includes introductory information, the term goal and activities, I want to have this all web based, with a space for each student to submit their work. Ideally, I get notified when they have posted their work, I check it and then release the next activity for them to move onto. For Music I see it as part of my rotations where a third of the students is on guitars, a third on keyboards and a third does music theory on the computers.

    In the longer term I personally would like to see at least one if not all of our classes become 'connected classes' where pretty much all work is done online - one of our contributing primary schools, Kaikohe West, also decile 1, have great success with this.

    I hope this clarifies it a bit more - thanks for the replies so far!!!!

  • Tania (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 1:11pm ()

    Hi Monica,

    Just to clarify - are you wanting to run online lessons for your computing class or an online space to share learning, set work and store information?

  • Victoria Field (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2012 12:45pm ()


    We rolled ours out last August and uptake has been fairly good. I am used to working with Moodle and that was the platform we adopted.

    Moodle has fairly decent help sites


    and can be installed on your school server with a minimum of fuss. A hosted alternative can be expensive, what IT support do you have?

    My partner's school are trialling using this LMS


    But it looks as if it will not be free forever but might enable you to at least get started, plus it is hosted for you.

    I would advise, that if you have the time to learn and someone to help with the server side issues to try Moodle.

    If you want to look at how a moodle can be used as a messageboard, have a look at the front page of ours to give you some ideas


    An LMS is a big undertaking and ideally you will need to be given some time to plan, execute and maintain it, plus train other staff.

    Hope this helps a little bit


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