I mentioned in the last post that I created a whole new online learning experience and named it “Moodle Homeschool” (see that post for all the details)…..After the fact, I thought of the use of that name and had a feeling that I might be getting myself into trouble down the line with that name, so I emailed Moodle…..
Got word from the powers-that-be at Moodle that I cannot use their name in my project name like that. WOOPS! I should have known that! I actually am well aware of this from what I’ve read about WordPress businesses….Not sure why it didn’t occur to me until several weeks in that using that name was probably a bad idea.
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Update: I just got word that I cannot use the name “Moodle” in my biz name, so I’ve changed “Moodle Homeschool” to “Noodle Homeschool”! I think I actually like it better! The url is the same, but the name and logo has just changed.
If you follow me on the Homeschool Realm Facebook page or on the Experience-Based Learning FB group, or listen to the Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast, you’ve seen/heard me talking about Moodle.
I am seriously in love with this program!!
It just occurred to me that I never talked about it here on my blog! Woops! This thing is all-consuming lately, which is probably why I haven’t found time to blog about it yet!
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A lot has happened since I posted about my Experience-Based Learning (“EBL”) idea…The biggest being that I had so much interest that I decided to create a Facebook group! So here it is:
Homeschooling with Experience-Based Learning Facebook Group
Check it out! We now have 190 members, as of the writing of this! And new members trickling in every day!
The most exciting part, though, has been how active this group is! I’ve started, and run, many online groups…it’s often a struggle to get conversations going and continuing regularly. Not on this group! These moms are excited about this new idea and are RUNNING with it!!
Not only that, but they are tweaking the idea to fit their needs! Which is fantastic!!! I love seeing this little idea of mine taken by others and run with!! It’s how homeschooling should be! Take what you like and leave and tweak the rest! Make it fit YOUR family! Read more... (526 words, 15 images, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)
I will be putting a disclaimer on all my reviews so far…but once Indy grows up the show takes a very dark and disturbing turn. There’s very little education involved in it (though it’s still there, just minor), and it’s all about wars and battles and killing. I’m about 5 episodes in and it’s getting worse and worse and frankly I’m tiring of the show. It’s just killing galore. I don’t really need to see this much warfare and hand to hand combat. But I’m going to stick it out and see it all the way through. But it’s getting very rough to keep watching. And my children will not be watching any of this.
There’s even sexual content! So I’m not sure why they deemed this show educational at this point. Early years, yes, 10yr old Indy is adorable and lots of education in this first 5 episodes (which is actually 10, since each 1 and half hour episode is actually 2 episodes edited together.) But starting with episode 6, beware.
(Volume 1, episode 5 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)
Indy in the Classroom Link
Setting: India and China
Topics: Discussion of major world religious beliefs, God, spirituality, Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture.
Historical characters this episode: Jiddu Krishnamurti, Annie Besant, Yen Fu
This episode was a lot deeper than any other so far. I really enjoyed the religious discussions that Indy had with Krishnamurti. Some great insights. Nothing violent or disturbing in the first half to watch out for. Just really interesting insights into the world’s religions, and I really liked the visits to the holy places. Great religious education for our children!
Indy even tried his hand at meditating. With pretty cute results, LOL!
Krishnamurti was incredibly insightful for a young child, messiah or not.
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