To the uninitiated the term “Moodle moot” sounds like an odd choice to describe a moodle conference. The term “moots” originated in Oxford. J.R.R. Tolkien was twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. While there he wrote "The Hobbit", "The Lord of The Rings", "The Silmarillion" and a number of other works.
In volume two of The Lord of The Rings: "The Two Towers", events happen involving Ents. Huge, wise, ancient creatures that look after and manage the trees in the ancient forest of Fangorn. At one point, all of the Ents gather for a meeting, and this is called the Ent Moot. (Moot is an Old English or Anglo-Saxon word meaning a meeting or gathering).
So, what else could we call a meeting of wise minds to collaborate and nurture each other? A Moodlemoot would be the only term that would suffice. To this day Moodle Moots have been run all over the world. The UK, Germany, Greece, Spain, the USA, New Zealand and Dubai are just some of the many locations that have seen MoodleMoot’s run in the past few years.
The School Moodlemoot is seen as a gathering for Classroom Teachers, Educational Leaders and e-learning Specialists to meet together and discuss the latest in e-learning methodology and tools with a rather obvious Moodle spin.