Friday, September 07, 2007

The Book Discussions Has Landed!

UPDATE #3: After trying blogs, free threaded discussions, phpbb, and Drupal, I finally decided on Moodle for our book discussions. "Moodle (for the uninitiated) is a course management system (CMS) - a free, open source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities". I decided on it because it worked as a threaded discussion and the district just changed to it from Blackboard---though I might earn some brownie points by trying it. It doesn't seem as intuitive as Blackboard to me---but I've blundered my way through.

Fourth graders are reading Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Fifth and sixth graders are reading Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. You can access the book discussions HERE.

Teachers, students and parents who want to join the discussion need to read the book and email Mrs. Bosch for a username and password.