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Re: [school-discuss] Postnuke (was Moodle)
If there are any PostNuke (CMS) users out there, we have added a number
of educational modules to our installation plus a number of good core
While we are still running ver. 0.726, there should be little or no
problem going up to .75 or .76 with just a few mods along the way.
The php needs to be cleaned up and a lot of content moved to lang
(language) files - as I added/modded originally just for our own use
but I've added enough school-based modules, it is probably time to turn
it loose. Also, a number of admin functions for modded modules needs to
be stronger as some of it (such as mod inits) is done by hand.
We've done adaptations of modules and some new ones:
Classrooms Online: the module that handles the teachers' web pages
within the web site. Allows them to enable/disable various modules on
their page. Assembles information from various modules for their home
Class Contact: Simple mail form so students can email teachers
Weekly Assignments: Simple Weekly "Calendar" for listing homework,
class activities, etc for the week
Day Plan: Lays out the daily schedule (eg 8am Reading, 9:15 Math) in a
table and ends the vexing three hrs teachers spend at the beginning of
the year trying to do it in Word
Month Plan: a very simple calendar showing key events for the class -
only displays weekdays (We use PostCalendar for school wide events.
It's overkill for classroom needs, though, imho)
These three modules stand alone and are also incorporated into the
teacher's home page so if you visit the page at noon on Wed, you can
see what activity they usually do on Wednesday's at noon - and
whatever the teacher may have planned special for the day. The home
page also lists recent teacher articles.
We've modded Stories to hard code 4 topics and make it easy for the
teacher to publish in those topics: Homework, Events, Parents,
We've modded Sections so teachers have a separate way to create Section
articles for their page, ie "About Me", etc. As a separate module, we
can associate the Section with a teacher id (and therefore correct
We've modded ew_filemanager to not only give teachers space on the web
server to store documents but modded two additional directories. The
first is BeeBoard (our mascot is the bee), which allows teachers to
drop documents in a specific directory and then have the web site list
the contents for visitors - handy for uploading homework rubrics, etc.
The second is DropBox, which allows students and parents to upload
files to another directory so homework can be sent from home (we're
still using floppies). The file name is concatenated with the sender's
name and time stamp to avoid overwriting similar files (too many
We've created a module where teachers can store, edit and send to a
list of emails ie. parent emails.
Modded Web Links so teachers can assign certain links to their class.
We keep all web links in a "library". This way, good links aren't lost
each year when teachers redo their pages and good links are shared
across the school.
Journal update and mod to link with a teacher.
Gallery modded so teachers can easily create their albums within
gallery, upload pictures and identifies and links teacher albums with
their home page.
Conferences - a simple conference scheduler allowing parents to sign up
for time slots for parent/teacher conferences.
I've probably left out a few more mods/hacks/new modules but hope this
Morris Brandon Elementary, Atlanta, GA USA