I am a member of a team that provides f2f and online/f2f PD courses for 45,000 in our k-12 district.
For the last few years I have used a management portal called CTAPOnline. That arrangement is coming to a close for lots of reasons. We have been in discussion withour another team developing online content for a k-12 virtual academy who are using Moodle, on July 1, 2005 for HS courses.
As I look through Moodle I see mamy features that can duplicate the usability of CTAPOnline, however there are things it does not seem to have. When that occurs, what can one do?
Who can develop code for what I don't see in Moodle? Do others have these "add-ons" or enhancements that I can use? Do I hire someone to build them using coding (is that a moodle word?) or what.
Speciifcally we need :
A lesson plan builder that can be flexible enough to start a lesson at the assessment (backwards planning), or with the lesson title, or with one actitivy and build out from that. Also it need a way to drop state, ISTE, or teacher preparation standards into the lessons automatically
We need a way tohave a searchable web library teacher recommendations and with commentary for use by all the teachers in the system
We need to be able to have instructors make groups within groups so that every course and class can have a separte group in which to collaborate.
We need a file sharing system that is searchable so teachers can find lessons, projects and other materals by standards, grade level, textbook, units, subjects ,and anything else someone would want]
I also need a collaborative project building tool that any instructor or participant or group could use to build webquests, websites and any other type of collaborative work they wish to do.
In other words, as we see a need to make new tools and more flexibility in the system, we can get, make or buy those features and Moodle will keep on running even with several hundred courses, thousands of classes and thousands of people using the system.
Any body want to help with any or all of these ideas? Or know some one (s) who could help or at least talk to me about the scope Iwe need?