Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Making Moodle Quizzes in Microsoft Word

The quiz creator in Moodle is not particularly easy to use. If you're more comfortable in Microsoft Word, Vyatcheslav Yatskovsky has created a Word template for Moodle quiz creation.

1. Download the file and extract the contents.

2. Open the file in Microsoft Word. You should be able to just double-click it.

3. You'll now have a blank document, but with an "Add-Ins" tab for question types.

4. There's also a security warning that "Macros have been disabled." Re-enable them by clicking on Options... and choosing Enable this content.

5. You can now add questions using the buttons in the Add-Ins tab.

6. Press the Enter key at the end of the line where you type your question to record the possible answers. The first answer is the correct one, you'll have the chance to change the order when you import into Moodle.

7. Once you've created your questions, click the CleanUp button to check for errors. Correct any errors that it tells you about. If there are no errors, it will tell you "Now everything is OK".

8. Click the Export button to make an XML file that is ready to be uploaded to Moodle. Make sure you select "Word XML Document (*.xml)" from the Save as type drop-down list.

The Developer also recommends that "you to save your quizzes into the same folder where .dot is located because the macro needs the /xml-question folder to proceed with the export. You can still edit the quiz without the distribution files at all but it is the export operation that relies on them."

9. You now have an XML file with your questions that you can import into Moodle. You can either import questions into the Question bank for a course (under course settings on the left) or directly into a quiz (under quiz settings when you are editing a quiz).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Enable an AirPlay Password

If you're finding that students, or other staff, are interrupting your presentations when you're using AirPlay from your iPad, you might want to temporarily set a password. It's easy to set up, and it's easy to disable the password when you've finished.

1. Using the Apple TV remote, open the Settings app. It's at the top right in the current interface.

2. Go to the AirPlay menu.

3. Choose Set Password.

4. Input your chosen password, then select Submit on the right.

Now when someone tries to AirPlay from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, they will be asked for that password.

When you no longer need it to be password protected, go back to the AirPlay menu and choose Clear Password.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Showing Your iPad/iPhone Screen on the Big Screen

With schools getting Apple TVs in libraries and other places, staff and students can use AirPlay Mirroring to show things from their iPad 2 (or newer) or iPhone 4S (or newer) on the big screen.

AirPlay menu with Mirroring option ON
  1. Make sure your device is connected to the same network as the Apple TV (i.e. XXXschoolguest).
  2. Tap the home button twice. This will display your recently used apps.
  3. Swipe the apps list from left to right once (iPad) or twice (iPhone) until you see the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with a triangle in the middle)AirPlay icon.
  4. Tap the AirPlay icon and select the Apple TV that you would like to display your screen on. Enter the password if required.
  5. Tap the switch to turn on Mirroring. Your iPad/iPhone screen is now displayed on the big screen.
Follow these steps again to turn off Mirroring. Any other iPad/iPhone on the network will be able to show their screen instead of yours, so if you are using this for a class presentation you may want to enable a password in the settings menu on the Apple TV.

You can also AirPlay from certain apps on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just look for the AirPlay icon AirPlay icon in the app, if you're connected to the same network as an Apple TV.

You can also watch the following YouTube videos to see the AirPlay process.