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Guest post by Ben Spieldenner, Intro by Christine Garland
Huge “THANKS!” to friend and teacher Ben Spieldenner for writing this guest blog post for us!
Moodle lovers - have you been struggling to get the Remind101 widget on your site and getting stuck with formatting issues? Have no fear, Ben’s blog post is here:
Since the advent of the Remind101 widget, I have been trying to figure out a way to incorporate it into the tech resources I use- namely Moodle. At first, I tried to create a “Block” for it on the sides of my Moodle pages only to discover just how frustrating Moodle can become (formatting never worked out well). So, I decided to try something different. I figured I would highlight the Moodle widget. In the hopes of making a few other educators’ lives a bit easier, I have a simple six step guide on how to effectively integrate the Remind101 widget into Moodle.
This tutorial will instruct you on how to post your Remind101 widget in the “topic” section of your Moodle page. Also, remember to do this for each and all of your Moodle pages.
Login and open up the Moodle page where you would like to post your Remind101 widget. Then click on the icon that looks like a hand with a pencil (see image below) in the heading of the “News Forum” (it will be the first topic). In the image below I renamed this section “Welcome.”
“Edit HTML Source”
Now click on the “HTML” button (see image below).
Open a new internet window, login to Remind101 and click on “My Widget” under “Account”
Copy the HTML widget code by highlighting the HTML text (see image below) and pressing CTRL+C on the keyboard (PC) or by right clicking the mouse and pressing “Copy” as you see below.
Paste widget code in “HTML Source Editor”
Go back to your Moodle window where your HTML Source Editor is still open. You may never have seen this before…it’s ok! All you have to do is paste the code you just copied at the end of any text you see on the HTML Source Editor (see image below). Simply place your cursor at the end of the text and press CTRL+V (PC) or right click on the mouse and press “Paste” to paste your code. Be sure to click on “Update” (green button on the bottom of the window) in order for your code to save.
Finally, click on “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.
The Finished Product
You now have your Remind101 widget posted on Moodle!
If you run into trouble or have more questions, feel free to reach out to Ben on twitter!
Effective classroom communication is a key ingredient in any teaching strategy.
On Remind101’s first Hack Day we pulled 10 of our favorite stats about texting in schools and put them into a beautifully designed site to show how adding texting to your classroom communication plan can benefit students.
Click on any image to check out the full interactive infographic created by our lead designer, Lindsay!
Visit the interactive infographic to share and learn more!
We’ve always believed that increased communication outside of class will foster a better work environment for students, and ultimately impact their success.
But a study conducted by Harvard Graduate students, Matthew Kraft and Shaun Dougherty, has now proven it.
By splitting middle and high school classes at a charter school in Massachusetts into treatment and control groups, Kraft and Dougherty were able to measure the differences phone calls and text messages home after school hours actually made.
They found that consistent communication with students and their families, outside the classroom, increases students participation in class, their homework completion rate, and their ability to remain on-task. Their results found that added communication:
- Built stronger teacher-student relationships
- Expanded parental involvement in students studies
- Increased students motivation in school
Kraft and Dougherty specifically found that,
- Teacher-family communication increased the odds that students completed their homework by 40%.
- Decreased instances in which teachers had to redirect students attention to the task at hand by 25%,
- Increased class participation rates by 15%”
In the teams interviews with the treatment group, they learned that teachers felt that calling and texting home, “foster(ed) a better rapport”, “heightened our relationship” with students, and “helped them to be more effective at classroom management and behavior modification.”
And that only skims the surface of what these graduate students found!
Studies such as this one will help Remind101 continue to pave the way in classroom communication tools.
We want to know if this information is valuable to you! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or by emailing email@example.com and we’ll gladly follow up this post with more of their findings.