Teaching with Moodle

differentiate Student Learning

 
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differentiate Student Learning
 

Hi Brains Trust,

Although I am not allowed to use Moodle in my current school, this current problem may show then the potential of Moodle.

 I have a number of students on special Learning Plans and I have been asked how I  differentiate between their learning. 

 How do Moodle teachers cope with this?. Groups? 

I also like the idea of using H5P so all class members see a very similar environment but then different Groups may see different levels.

Your thoughts and experience please.  

 
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Moodle allows for accommodations such as altering time on quizzes as well as the ability to show and hide materials to students based on what group they are in.  

For instance you can have a 30 minute quiz but allow a student with an IEP 1 hour.  In the course you can have 3 assignments which vary in skill level.  Based on what group the student is in can determine which assignment they see.  

Using the Group Choice Activity you can allow students to join groups based on a test score such as NWEA.  Then each group might have a course topic which is only viewable by members of that group.  In that topic you would have activities designed to increase their skills so that they can move up to a new level.  

Moodle is awesome at restricting access based on conditions or sets of conditions defined by the teacher at an entire topic or single activity level.

 
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for clearing that up. yes always thought Moodle would be good at  streaming (Choice/Group Activity) but still giving the students a challenge to climb.

 I have always liked Badges so with this set up they could obtain the same Badge, just at a different Level. I believe this is a good thing but it may devalue the Badge within the class, if 2 students on the complete different ends of the spectrum got the same award/badge. Any thoughts on that issue?

I have this very class mix and wonder the best way to handle it.

 
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I'm probably the wrong person to ask this question.   

A child on the low end is not going to devalue the achievement of your badge in the class.  How much harder is it for an autistic kid or someone with dyslexia to overcome and achieve your silly badge than a kid who functions normally?

The idea that a low functioning kid would somehow devalue a silly badge that is to show progress and learning is like saying the kid who starts on the 50 yard line should score the same touchdown as the kid who gets the ball at the goal line.

The best way to handle this is to make sure each kid is learning and moving closer to the goal. 

I don't want to sound mean in this post but I am putting on my parent hat.  I see my child in your post on the low end due to no fault of his own.  He was born this way on the low end of the spectrum and while brilliant in many ways he doesn't always learn the same way other kids do.  

I guess the thought of my son's teacher thinking he shouldn't be rewarded for learning because it would devalue the badge for the other kids makes my blood boil.  

 
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It may have sounded wrong but you have absolutely the wrong end of the stick. I want to bring in Moodle and visual learning to all my students to make it a level playing field. Simple 

 
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Good to know John.  Sometimes a forum doesn't convey the meaning behind the words or intent of the writer.  Glad it was my misunderstanding.  

As I am sure you are aware there are kids who will need accomodations.  Those accommodations provide a level playing field for a wide range of learning needs.  It in no way diminishes the value of your badge.  

If you mean that every kid should learn the same way and complete the same tasks in order to be a level playing field then I guess we can just agree to disagree. 

All the best.

 
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