I have been out of the Moodle loop recently so was hoping for help putting together a paragraph by paragraph response. I would wager this is a generic thing RM are putting out to many schools ....
1. Lists of resources available within VLE are made visible to teachers for the purposes of sharing resources/best practice
2. MIS integration with Kaleidos will be possible but not with Moodle (attendance data/AFL/tracking data/etc). With the Herts Learning Platform in place, linked to Kaleidos, parents will have an opportunity to see their son or daughter's homework/coursework diary. They could be able to see what work is overdue, for example.
3. Kaleidos adopts Microsoft Sharepoint technology and uses web parts...this makes it technical possible to integrate with other systems, like MIS
4. A MAJOR CONSIDERATION - Kaleidos can be run "offline"/stand-alone, so if all internet connectivity should go down for whatever reason, teaching and learning is not disrupted. Moodle is purely web-based - no internet, no Moodle
5. Kaleidos will allow you to tag a resource to a teaching and learning objective so that you or a colleague, perhaps more significantly, can then actually find this resource at a later date. Moodle does not do this.
6. Kaleidos has searching functionality to allow teachers to search for a video/audio file, excel spreadsheet, word doc, weblink by teaching objective (mapped to QCA schemes or frameworks already populated in to Kaleidos and to search by keyword too. There is no searching functionality in Moodle. How will you know what is in Moodle or actually available on your school network when preparing a lesson/course?
7. With a raw installation of Moodle, no training or support is available - with Kaleidos, we give a four-day training and consultancy package as well as ongoing support and mentoring should this be required. This helps the less ICT-confident teachers to use a VLE effectively to enhance teaching and learning.
8. A low-level of technical know-how is required to use Kaleidos effectively. It has been designed for teachers, obviously not all of whom are ICT experts. While your ICT department may have the technical expertise to use and configure Moodle from scratch, will some of your colleagues in History, English, Geography? Who will have the technical ability to create courses for these departments? With Kaleidos, if you can use a PC, you will be able to create/change lesson plans in line with teaching and learning objectives, allocate work out to students either individually or to groups. Use Kaleidos to drive your lessons with pace and in an engaging way without being an ICT expert!
9. Kaleidos does not rely on one or two super-users. Its features will exist regardless of who operates it. What happens if one or two of your department leave? Who will take the Moodle reigns?