Friday, April 27, 2007

Vale-edictory

What? Oh yes...

Geoff Lambrechts holds court with some primary MoodlersToday was the final one of the current set of Moodle introductory sessions for this group of Aylesbury Vale primary schools. The previous ones were a long time ago (or so it felt) and so I was a bit worried that things wouldn't be too joined up, but we had a room-full of people from about 16 or so schools.
We have a standard "scheme of work" for the Moodle training now, which I'll publish shortly (possibly here) and this was the fourth or fifth group of schools who've been through it. Now that there's a significant group of schools out there with Moodles, one thing we're starting is a series of Moodle clinics or workshops, held after school for anyone to come along to get hints and tips. We'll use a threaded forum discussion to set the agenda for each workshop - simply put, if there are no suggestions, then we won't run the session!
In other Bucks Moodle news, all but a couple of the Moodles were upgraded to v1.6.5+ of Moodle this week (thanks to Richard at Atomwide) and moved onto the HP Linux servers at the same time. In concert with West Sussex we're not upgrading to 1.7 or 1.8 yet, mainly due to the complexity of the roles system. Version 1.8 appears to be a little more rounded than 1.7 so I dare say we might move to that at the end of the summer, but for the moment it's time for the dust to settle and let everyone get on with things...
Oh, and as Richard gradually published a list of upgraded Moodles on our BucksGfL-only Moodle users' support site this week, I counted them... we're now up to about 80 sites with another 20 or so in the pipeline - so even with the new servers finally in it's going to be time to think about new ones soon...

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