I began using moodle in release version 1.2 way back in the day. At that time teachers could post documents, create assessments, and utilize discussion boards. I have installed, administered, and used Moodle as a Teacher and Instructional Designer for over fifteen years. With that said every school In the US seems to be using Google Classroom with Chromebooks which even today lacks the functionality and usability Moodle had over fifteen years ago. In years past we worried teachers might become frustrated with quiz importing and Examview integration with moodle because these tasks were a bit advanced for someone with little IT experience. Now Google Classrooms has teachers building clunky assessments using google forms (something that drives me crazy) and teachers rave about it. In the past couple of years, I have tried to force google classrooms to function like a normal LMS by trying to jump SCORM modules in through Google Sites and Drive only to see Google depreciate that compatibility if you could ever call it that. I have recently begun trying to Hack moodle so students could authenticate to allow students to access Xerte activities. the idea would be to have a link in Google Classroom that would launch a Xerte module where students could dynamically interact with assessments and activities. This, of course, has to be done in such a way that school administrators and other teachers are kept from knowing its moodle behind the scenes.
I am realizing even if I continue to hack and force Google classrooms to function, it will only give a false premise to the notion that google classroom is great. Other Chromebook/Google Classroom issues include network bandwidth strain, internet, power outages, lack of grade book, zero integration with products like turn it in, SCORM, ETC.
This is so frustrating I am considering quitting teaching. Now Schools are adopting textbooks that are scripted, so teachers are required to read lesson plans with all the corporate plugs and proprietary lingo for strategies that have been around for years. It's sad when my students can pass a test with corporate Edujargon such as Think Pair Share, Notice & Wonder, Examine & Experiment, ToSEEC, etc, but fail to understand the basic content the are supposed to be learning. I guess my question is are there any schools left the use technology effectively? Are there any schools left that allow teachers to teach vs read scripted corporate crap?
Soon to be ex-teacher