Joomla, Moodle, and Jomsocial

I have a new vision and in the coming weeks we will be talking with teachers, parents, and students to get their feedback.  This new vision will COMPLETELY change the way we communicate in the district online.  I plan to offer a robust and dynamic social network for staff, students, and parents that is fully…

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Moodle 2.0 Upgrade Underway

I am in the process of actually performing the Moodle 1.9 to 2.0.3 update.  It is at the part where it is importing and converting all the courses to the new format.  We also moved our Moodle install onto a 64bit Ubuntu box.   So far so good with the upgrade.  It is on course…

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Real Time Document Collaboration in Moodle

I just found this great module for Moodle which allows you to add “Google Docs” like functionality to Moodle courses.  It’s called Assignment Type: Collaborative real-time editor.  It has some basic text editing capabilities and seems to work quite well.  You can assign groups to edit/create a common document.  As one student is typing, all the…

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Complete Open Source K12 School District Portal Update

In recent months we have really made progress in our development of a complete, robust, and feature rich K12 School District Portal using open source projects.  Here is what we have so far: Joomla == School District Website with video sharing for staff and students (Youtube like) Mindtouch Wiki ==  School Websites WordPress Multisite ==…

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Holy Cow – MySql Database Size with Moodle

I think I may have pinpointed the exact cause of our slow and sluggish Moodle server.  There is a setting for how you want Moodle to store user session information.  Recommended value is store to disk.  They say with storing this info in the database that it would be ideal as you are not writing/reading…

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Mahara is Super Cool

In my previous post I mentioned that our students and teachers didn’t quite get the purpose of Mahara when we were using it a couple of years ago.  It didn’t quite catch on because it was very “step” intensive.  Meaning that in order to create a view or upload files etc, there were a few…

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K-12 Open Source District Web Portal

I am looking for new suggestions for creating an open source k-12 District Web Portal.  I think I may have a complete platform that drives our portal, but maybe someone out there has a suggestion that would help improve upon what we already have.  I know there are  eLearning apps other Moodle.  We  have dabbled…

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APC Saved our Online Learning Portal

This year more than any other year, our online Moodle website iLearn was overwhelmed with traffic and use by teachers and students.  The server was running at 100% when more than 4-5 classes were taking quizzes.   This made for a bad experience for end users because the pages took a long time to load….

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Advanced Moodle and Open Source Web Development

13TH Annual Educational Technology Leadership Conference June 21-22, 2010 Thurston High School, Redford Advanced Moodle and Open Source Web Development Chris Kenniburg, Dearborn Public Schools – kennibc@dearbornschools.org Learn how Dearborn Schools has integrated Moodle and other open source applications to create a suite of student centered web enabled tools.  Some topics that will be covered: single sign-on…

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