During this session we will be setting up your Moodle account. We will be creating you as a 'user', making sure you have 'access' to the correct units and taking your photograph so it can be loaded into your 'profile'. Ideally your username and password have already been created and the facilitator will provide you with this information. Once you have a username and password 'login' and complete the activity below.
Complete your profile
Find your username in the top right hand corner of the screen and click on it.
Your profile is displayed but it has little useful information for others to see so click 'Edit Profile' in the Administration block on the left hand side of the screen.
Fill in the city or town where you work.
In the text-box entitled 'Description' write a short biography of yourself. Which school do you work? How much experience do you have? What subjects or grades do you teach?
Look for the 'User Picture' button and upload either the digital photo taken a few minutes ago or one that you have that clearly shows your face.
Also click and open 'Interests'. Here load in your hobbies, sports or other interests not necessarily related to work.
Open the 'Optional' button and if you have a webpage record the URL, Skype address and under 'Institution' include your school.
Make sure you select the 'Save' button!
Understanding you better
To know if this course impacts on you positively we need to understand the current levels of your skills set. We need you to alert us to your abilities.
Access the link below and complete the baseline survey.
Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is 'no ability' and 5 is 'master practitioner' for each of the 25 skills.
Make sure you scroll to the end of the survey and click on the 'Save' button.
So what will this course cover? The ICT Essentials for Teachers (Rwanda) course attempts to help you acquire a number of ICT competencies drawn from the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT). These skills range from basic to intermediate skills and are designed to support pedagogy but also school administration and provide professional development opportunities in the future.
Access the document below to see an overview of the ICT Essentials for Teachers course.
Besides workshop this course is also run online through a Learning Management System (LMS) or platform called Moodle. It is essential that you feel comfortable with the online tools that you will be required to use as part of your studies. This session will be facilitated so make sure you follow his/her instructions and ask questions when things are not clear!
When the facilitator wants you to discuss an issue it is more likely that he/she will use the Forum tool. This tool allows for a more sophisticated discussion. Another advantage is that it is an example of asynchronous communication, that is it's not necessary to have everyone online at the same time. We will use the forum tool to identify your course expectations. What do you think the course will offer you in terms of professional development?
In each unit you will be requested to submit an assignment to the unit facilitator. In all cases the assignment will be in the form of an electronic document such as a word processor file or a presentation. These assignment files need to be submitted within the Moodle LMS. Do NOT send your assignment to the facilitator via e-mail. He or she will delete it! We need to track each file so make sure you know how to use the assignment tool.
In 20 minutes use a presentation package and create a 4 slide presentation that tells the facilitator something about yourself: Slide 1 - Name, hometown, school, grades you teach | Slide 2 - Hobbies, sports, cultural interests | Slide 3 - Family - Spouse, children, parents etc. | Slide 4 - Which inspirational historical figure, dead or alive, would you like to spend an hour with and why.
Save the file with a name like 'SurnameProfile.pptx'
Use the upload tool below to submit your assignment.
You have been interacting face to face during this orientation course. To continue collaborating during the online phase, we need to form a WhatsApp group. In this group you will required to observe online etiquette and chatiquette that you have learnt.
You will need to download the free app on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS) to your phone;
Provide your telephone number to the facilitator who will invite you to the course group;
Accept the invite to the group on your cell phone.
The following Open Educational Resources (OER) were adapted to create this Orientation unit;