In addition to providing the story of how and why Google did this, and to explaining possible issues with privacy and data collection, the article gives us an important look at the students who will one day be our college students.
They are–many of them–growing up with education on a completely different model than even the youngest of us experienced in our K-12 classrooms.
What does that mean they will expect in satisfying learning experiences? What level of technology? Of engagement? Of self-direction? What role do they see teachers fulfilling?
The more we can know about these young people and how they understand teaching and learning, the better prepared we will be to meet them and help them succeed.
If you use Moodle 3.2 or later for your Learning Management System, you’ll be pleased to know that integration with the Moodle Mobile app for smartphones and tablets works wonderfully!
In a recent survey at Hope College, reliable mobile access to Moodle stood out as one of the most requested features from students (after grades in the gradebook).
So if you use Moodle, take some time to get to know the mobile app–and let your students know it exists as well!!
When you sign in to the mobile app, you’ll be asked to input the URL of your course. At my institution, we can visit the Moodle site on the browser on your phone/tablet, pick the term we want, and then copy/paste the resulting URL from your browser to the Moodle Mobile app settings.
If you can’t figure this step out, ask your local administrator! Then you should be good to go!
Here is a short focused video tutorial on Hope College’s new Moodle installation for Fall of 2017.
It focuses on something called “The Activity Autolinking Filter.” It makes linking between elements of your Moodle course so easy. Internal links make the Moodle experience much cleaner for your students.