Moodle and The Many Plugins

I thought I would spend the next week or so going over some of the handy free plugins that are available to add to your Moodle site.  These plugins add a variety of features that don’t come with the initial installation of Moodle.  But for I get started with them, I wanted to talk about how easy it has become to install these plugins.  Back in the old days of installing a plugin you really had to know where things went in order to get the plugin working. What do I mean where things went?  Well, if it was an activity plugin, you had to make sure it went into the mod folder either by having direct access to the server or being able to ftp into the server. But that wasn’t all! You then had language .php file that had to go into the correct lang folder (in my case the en folder within the lang folder). And if it was a block plugin?  Same procedure but with the plugin going into the blocks folder.   Course plugin? Course folder. You get the general idea.  Of course after doing it over and over again you would get the hang of it and it would almost become a robotic response to adding these plugins.
Now if you have administrator rights it is really easy! Especially after having to proceed as mentioned above.  It is as simple as finding the plugin you want and adding it to your Moodle through a simple procedure.  The video below will show you where to locate the plugins.

“Badges, We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!” How About A Stamp on Moodle?

In teaching, particularly younger students, they like the rewards given out by teachers. Some may be in the form of a sticker(s), extra credit points, positive punches, or assorted other rewards.  I have found in the past, students who earn points or some other form of recognition that may lead up to extra credit often misplace or lose whatever they use to keep track of the points they earn.
If you’re like me, anything that can help keep track of things electronically works best.  An add-on module for Moodle is the Stamp Collection Module.  It allows you, as a teacher, to give out stamps to students for a variety of reasons, i.e. extra assignments, going above and beyond on a project, etc.
Use stamps for students to earn extra credit, bonus, etc.
Each stamp comes with a text box that allows you to explain the reason that a student received a star.
Text box explains reason for stamp.
You can even allow students to give other students stamps. The good thing is that you can review stamps to make sure students are giving others stamps for appropriate reasons.  If you find a stamp that was given for an inappropriate reason, you can always delete the stamp.  In allowing students to give out stamps, it gives them an opportunity to take responsibility.
So if you are looking for some type of reward system to add to your Moodle, check out the Stamps Collection module.