How can I use Moodle to teach reading and track reading progress?
How can I use Moodle to teach reading and track reading progress?
You can use H5P plugin inside Moodle and it has this feature of Teaching Reading.
Here is the link: https://moodle.org/plugins/mod_hvp
One of the best new plugins is currently being developed by Poodll. It is called Read Aloud and is based off an older plugin under the same name but Poodll developer, Justin took that plugin and combined Artificial Intelligence to automatically grade what the student speaks as they read aloud.
Basically a student is prompted to read a passage of text. The reading is recorded and sent to be processed and graded. The AI compares the text with spoken words and then returns a grade. It even includes transcripts of what the AI heard so the teacher can override an AI error. But more importantly it will allow the student to read over and over where you can see improvement over time.
Justin has been ever so gracious to let us pilot an early version and we are just rolling it out to elementary teachers.
While this doesn't "teach" reading it is a valuable tool in helping students practice and chart progress.
Hi b g,
Can you please clarify what you mean by "teach reading." Is there a particular method or approach that you favour, e.g. synthetic phonics or a morphological approach?
That's an intriqing question. My students are native Arab speakers with little reading skills in English and sometisometimes even in their native language.They must take a written test in English every two weeks or so. But since they can't fully understand the questions because of low reading ability they do poorly on the test.test . Maybe phonics will give them the fundamentals they need. But morphology can give them what they need to negotiate the grammar based test.
Hi b g,
Yes, it sounds like you've got quite a challenge ahead of you!
Re: teaching reading, all the answers above have addressed testing reading rather than teaching it. Testing is a good idea (See Roediger's and Karpicke's excellent research on the testing effect for learning) but it is insufficient alone. For the students you've described, I recommend looking for synthetic phonics instructional materials, especially since (I'm assuming) they're not very familiar with the Latin alphabet and the idiosyncrasies of English spelling/phonemes. Here's some evidence-informed expert guidance on how to do this: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/21964/1/doc_4338.pdf
For your information; Reading ability in students' native language (Arabic) is a strong predictor of their potential achievement in a second language (English). Improving their reading in their native language will more than likely improve their chances of improving their reading in English (See Jim Cummins' landmark research). A straightforward (Arabic) extensive reading programme in addition to English reading instruction and extensive reading would help with that (each will support the other). Paul Nation, one of the leading researchers in extensive reading, has some good evidence-informed advice about how to implement extensive reading programmes here: http://are.ui.ac.ir/article_15481_455aa60c0cbda93a33517647aac5d399.pdf
The standard Moodle for Mac (MAMP + Moodle) is here:
https://download.moodle.org/macosx/ This Moodle distro will always run
in the background whenever your
computer is turned on which uses up your computer's memory and CPU, and
slows it down.
If you have issues with that, you can also try one of these distros: https://bitnami.com/stack/moodle/installer -- The advantage with these is that you can turn the Moodle server on and off and restart it from the console that installs with it.I hope this helps!
The majority of our students who would benefit from this speak Arabic at home and are learning English. We used the original Read Aloud plugin several years ago and it was wonderful. The new PoodLL plugin takes it to new levels for teachers and students. It helps with practicing.
Other things our teachers have done is used the built in Moodle audio recording to speak a word and have the students use multiple choice to select the proper written word in a quiz.
There are also 2 quiz question types that are also awesome for learning a language: Gapfill and Wordselect.
Gapfill is similar to cloze but much easier to use. Students can drag and drop words/sentences into a sentence/paragraph and you can use this all kinds of ways for spelling, sentence structure, etc.
Wordselect is new and very cool! It allows the student to click on words in a sentence or paragraph. For instance you could have a few sentences and ask the student to select all the nouns. Select all the verbs, etc etc.
BG and others,
Another possibility for helping to learn and improve fluency in another language is to use the MooTyper activity. In this case where you want native Arabic speakers to work on their English, the teacher can create tailor made English lessons for the student to practice typing. There are multiple benefits in using a typing activity. They get practice in use of an English layout keyboard, and practice reading and spelling of English words, all of which helps with comprehension of the English content. MooTyper can be set up in practice mode so that the student can retype a lesson as much as they want. Full disclosure: I am the current maintainer of MooTyper.
Thanks for your reply. This sounds great, and I'm sure my students will be engaged doing it. The problem is that most of the plugins I try to install don't follow through with the installation and I get an error message. I'll give this one a try and get back to you. Very much appreciated!
I'm sorry. But could you help me out a bit with Moo Typer. It seems to take me to Hebrew lessons. I would like to start off with some thing like "Hi. my name is Abdullah. I am a student."
When you first set up a MooTyper activity, just enter the name and description, then click, Save and display. You will then be on a Setup page. At that point you should see a list of about 15 different settings. WARNING: The first two of them, Mode, and Exercises category, once set and confirmed, CANNOT be changed. All the others can be changed simply by clicking Settings, from the typing page, make your change, then click Confirm.
Before you create any other instances of MooTyper, enter the one you have already made. At the top right, click on the Edit cog, and select, Add new exercise / category. Enter a Category name, such as, "Testing," and enter some text in the Exercise box, such as, "Hi. my name is Abdullah. I am a student." Click on Confirm.
Create a new MooTyper activity. On the setup page, select Practice for the Mode, and Testing for the Exercises category. Click Confirm. You should then see MooTyper ready for you to start typing, Hi. my name is Abdullah. I am a student. With the activity set for Practice mode, once an exercise is finished, the student can see their results, and after clicking continue, go on to the next exercise. The student can also click, View my grades, and remove the current results and try the exercise again.
You can go back and add more exercises to your new Testing category by clicking the, Edit, cog and selecting, Add new exercise / category, again. On the page you go to, in the, Exercises will be part of selection box, select, "Testing." In the Exercise box, type another sample text and click confirm. Your Testing category will now have two exercises, and the second will be available as soon as the first one is successfully typed.
You can continue to add more exercises, or start a new category, or start a new MooTyper activity and select another of the provided lessons. Any lesson except Hebrew and Thai, are in English.
I can't wait to try these plugins with my students. I am however having problems with installation. Got an error code for Gappfill.
You really need to give more details about errors, in order to get help. So for GapFill or other such plugins that are not working for you: