Hi all,

I realize that Moodle is open source and can be free; however, my director of technology prefers to out source Moodle hosting to ensure 24/7 connectivity (something that is often difficult to do in a school setting without 24/7 employees). I have selected two possibilities and would appreciate any feedback, comments, etc. . . .

PLAN #1 - MOODROOMS
http://www.moodlerooms.com/academic-hosting.html
We would start with their 500 Standard Plan
Learners- 500
Total Disk Space - 2.44 GB
Total Monthly Bandwidth - 48.83 GB
Annual Cost - $500

PLAN #2 - Remote-Learner
http://www.remote-learner.net/
500MB storage
15GB monthly bandwidth
1 Teacher/Trainer Help Desk Support account
Nightly backups
Custom graphic for Moodle front page
$595 annual
$50 setup
Price: $645.00

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Deb

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Actually, maybe a good place would be on the MoodleMeet.ning.com site. If anyone would like to join me there here's a link to the thread...

putting it in a wiki or a discussion in a Moodle could get too complicated for people to access (seeing as most sites have registration processes, then users would have to search out where we're discussing).

Otherwise, share ideas here!
I have personally met both companies you are talking about here. I have been to several lectures, etc hosted by both. If I had to choose one I would seriously look at remote-learner. Michelle Moore from Remote Learner is absolutely fantastic.

We host our own Moodle on our server at our school district and it is a bit daunting, especially at first, configuring Moodle. I could put you in touch with our Moodle Guru here, he is great.

I am a teacher, not an IT person. So, I got in on the ground floor last year using Moodle and I love it! I use it in a blended course where the students meet with me every day. I also teach my Medical Terminology course completely online for some students.

But I have a class to teach, contact remote learner, you will like them a whole lot. Good Luck.
I have to agree with you here. We have had Moodle available to our teachers for two years now district wide, 1 high school, 1 junior high school, and 5 elementary schools and very few teachers want to take the time and energy to learn how to Moodle.

We do have a few that are seeing the benefit of Moodle and have really embraced it and students do very well working within Moodle.

I have taught an Introduction to Moodle course at our district's Technology Day the last couple of years and although the turnout in my class was substantial, very few teachers have actually "bought into" the Moodle way of delivering online instruction.

I love Moodle. For me, it is a timesaver. As I like to say, once you have all of your "stuff" in Moolde you don't have to re-invent the wheel each semester. Not to say that once you put your course content in Moodle you never change it. I am constantly seeing what works, what doesn't and making changes to each one of my Moodle courses.
Why would a teacher want to write an online class when in many districts they are hide bound to use prescripted curriculums? I hate to be such a doomsayer, but in a lot of districts teachers (especially at elementary) don't have much say in what is taught and how it is taught.

I currently use Moodle for online book discussions and reflections for a philosophy unit but I don't teach in a regular classroom. I've written courses for Blackoard and Moodle but it is a heck of a lot of work
I teach in a multi-age 3rd and 4th grade classroom. I started our class Moodle in November. It's become the place where we put most of the things that might have gone into a 3-ring binder, portfolio, or spiral notebook in years past. The kids see the beauty of it right away. Some parents and a few administrators are less excited about the tool than the kids, but they'll catch on soon enough.

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