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How to Optimise your System

We are heading into the future and we want to take you along with us into a world of accelerated learning & discovery.

We want you to have the best – not only reading and writing; but also web-based television. Computers provide hyperlinks, drag ‘n drop and rich visuals for effective learning if we configure them to use it all.

The Pearltree is an example. Each pearl contains a world of information. You collect them yourself or clone them from others. You can see what they contain and go there. You share these pearls around in a big global community.

The first “must have” is a Firefox Browser. You probably use Internet Explorer all the time but you can install other Browsers as well. You can have Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera browsers installed and ready for any occasion. It’s free and easy to do. It’s our experience that Moodle works best with Firefox and there is added benefit from the Add Ons available.



With Firefox installed, make sure you make friends with Google and create a free account. Add any services you like, starting with the following:

Back to your new Firefox Browser: there are a few Add Ons worth having; and a few downloads to make your life sweet.

As you can see – search for these Add-ons in Firefox and then simply click the Add button

Various Plug Ins are present on installing Firefox ; and as you open Websites, you will occasionally get a message saying: “Do you want to install this Plug In?�. Those marked with a tick are the main ones for smooth running. For instance, you will need Acrobat for reading PDF files; and the Flash plug in for many videos and eBooks like this one from ISSUU. Explore and install whatever you like to enhance your Web experience!

How Resources are Presented Pearltrees – free to join; and make your own. Whenever you visit a website you like, click the button on the toolbar to add another pearl.

When you pass your cursor over a pearl, a window displays the Web page. In the example, the Google Image pearl contains all the images of the Red Panda. If you double-click on a pearl, it will take you to the actual Website (as pictured on the next page at 60%).

When a pearl opens to its Web address, it becomes a full functional browserwithin-a-browser. In this example, you can scroll through 22 pages of panda pics; and as you can see on the enlarged pic to the right, you can go to the website where the photo came from. You can enter another search keyword into Google and go somewhere else if you want. When finished, click on the (small X top right) to close the frame and return to the Moodle Course page.

How Resources are Presented ISSUU – free to join; and make your own books. Many of the learning resources are presented as publications done in ISSUU, a branch of Amazon books. Flick through; go to specific pages; or download the original file. Search the library!

How Resources are Presented

COOL IRIS – free to join; and make your own walls of images. Cooliris is closely integrated with Google and Facebook. This wall is a large selection of You Tube videos that can be played on click. Highly interactive. Notice the Search icon as well.

How Resources are Presented

VIDEO & PODCAST LIBRARIES – completely free; and without leaving Moodle. Each course has windows open to the world with You Tube, Vimeo, TED, Freezone and Clickview. And it will just keep on getting better.

How Resources are Presented RSS FEEDS – there are different news feeds placed all over the website. Stories just in from home and abroad are constantly updated. You will come across Moodle News, Business News, Fashion Events, The Fast Company, Wired Magazine and many more: even The West Australian.

This booklet was created by Paul Jacobson for Polytechnic West online students

There’s a lot packed into an online course in Moodle©. This booklet has described the Resources side: how to use Firefox for the best browsing experience – and for some of the best information channels. Once you start studying with Moodle, you will catch on quickly to the Activities designed for learning. You will recognise the icons and what they mean; you will find your way around and participate with others in the same qualification.


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