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How can we use Poodll when our learners are all remote?
March 20, 2020

Poodll Remote Learning Recipes

Poodll is great for running remote courses. Here are some ideas that you can get started with right away. If you do not have access to the Poodll plugin mentioned, contact Poodll and we will make it available. We are very keen to help. NB. Poodll is used in training and certification centers, universities, high schools, NGOs and more. One size won’t fit all … so please consider these activities as templates, that you can adapt for your own students.   Peer Talking     Peer talking is when students speak amongst themselves without the teacher in the middle. Give […]
March 12, 2020
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Cloud Poodll for Atto : History

Cloud Poodll for Atto already packs a lot of functionality into a tiny interface. But recently it received a whole new tab, History. In addition to the existing record, upload and options tabs, history keeps a record of each recording a user makes. When they return to Cloud Poodll for Atto, their recording is displayed in a searchable list with the most recent recordings at the top of the list. Now the user can review previous recordings from one central location. And they can re-use previously made recordings in different locations. Clicking the file’s title allows you to change it […]
March 12, 2020

ReadAloud exciting new features arrive

ReadAloud Introduces New Features   One of our most popular plugins, ReadAloud, has received a suite of new features, many of them asked for by the community of Poodll users. Since it first appeared more than five years ago, this oral reading plugin has steadily attracted a band of loyal followers. With these followers has come a steady stream of requests for added functionality that would take the plugin from “useful” to “indispensable”. Here is a roundup of what’s included in the latest version.   Preview Reading Even from the earliest days of ReadAloud, users were searching for ways to […]
March 12, 2020
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e-Learning Success Summit

Our good friends at LMS Pulse are organizing the first eLearning Success Summit. Its a virtual conference which is especially relevant in these days of nasty viruses. Poodll Guy will be talking about Speaking Solutions for Moodle. The talk won’t be limited to Poodlls own offerings. We will be covering a  range of great ways to get your students speaking using Moodle. The conference is on April 22, 23 and 24 this year (2020). It’s both free and hygienic, so there is no excuse to not join. It will be a real blast. Learn more about it here. The LMSPulse […]
December 15, 2019

What lies ahead for Poodll in 2020?

The coming year is set to be a very dynamic one for Poodll as we roll out several exciting new tools geared toward language teaching and learning. Here’s a round-up of what’s currently on our 2020 roadmap. ESL Features in Read Aloud Already a popular plugin among Poodll users, Read Aloud is set to get even better with features aimed at improving its efficacy as a tool for second language readers. We’ll be adding a preview mode where learners can listen to a model and practice reading the text before recording their attempt. We’ll also be adding a shadowing mode […]
December 15, 2019

Recapping Poodll in 2019

Thanks to all of our Poodll customers and users for helping us make 2019 a really good one. We started the year by receiving an award at the Japan Moodle Moot for Poodll Read Aloud and attended Moodle events in Australia, the Philippines, and China. It was great to see how Poodll is being used, and to introduce it to people in person. This is two of us at the Moot in Melbourne. We also saw the arrival on the Moodle plugins directory of four new Poodll offerings. The first three are Cloud Poodll plugins Cloud Poodll Recording Question Cloud […]
December 15, 2019

Read Aloud going ESL

One of the projects we’ve been putting a lot of our time and energy into recently is our reading assessment and progress monitoring plugin, Read Aloud. Read Aloud has been around for nearly five years, but 2019 has seen the introduction of a number of new features that have brought it to a whole new level. Until now, relatively few attempts have been made within Moodle (or any other learning management system) to support the development of reading skills. Existing solutions, such as Moodle Reader, are more accountability tools than an effort to capture and analyse the act of reading. […]
June 11, 2019

Poodll EnglishCentral available from Moodle.org

Poodll EnglishCentral is now available for install direct from the Moodle.org plugins directory. You can see the listing here: https://moodle.org/plugins/mod_englishcentral EnglishCentral allows you to make fun and practical video based speaking activities for your students, right inside Moodle. As a teacher you simply search for and select the video lessons you want to use. EnglishCentral gives your students realtime feedback on their pronunciation and practice using the words in the video. You can try it out on our demo site here: https://englishcentral.poodll.com  
June 11, 2019
Poodll at Moodle Moot Australia 2019

Poodll will be at the Australia Moodle Moot 2019

We are really excited to be attending the Moodle Moot conference in Melbourne, July 1, 2 and 3. We won’t be speaking at this event but come by our booth and say “Gidday” and let us show all the cool new features and plugins. We will be showing off our auto graded speaking questions, Poodll EnglishCentral, and ReadAloud. And we have a prize for anyone who can get 100% on our specially prepared ReadAloud passage. How hard could it be?