12.18.2013

Moodle Prototypes

Moodle has put together a site of demos in order to share with the community and gather feedback about features in development (original post here).

If you are curious about upcoming features and/or want to have a voice and help the rest of the community by providing feedback, please visit the link below.

http://prototype.moodle.net/

12.17.2013

Digital Content Resource - The British Library, Open Culture

The British Library has made 1,000,000 images available to the public domain. You may read an article about it here. You can find the entire collection here.

Also of note is the entire Open Culture site. The site, "brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community." Click here to learn more about them.

12.12.2013

Upgrade to Google Sheets and Desktop Apps

Google has just announced some upgrades for Google Sheets. You can read the full blog post here. Some of the best new features are:

> Bigger and faster sheets that can handle more complexity
Filter views
> Offline support

There have also been some improvements to help with functions. If you would like to try out the new sheets you can do so by opening your Google Drive Settings and selecting the Editing tab. You will find a checkbox to select the new spreadsheets. You may watch an illustration of this process here

Any sheets you create will be in the new format. It does not appear that this will convert any old sheets. There are some features that are not available in the new sheets yet. 
They are:
  • Protected sheets and ranges
  • Notification rules
  • Spell check
  • API support
Hopefully you are able to take advantage of the new features. Please also be aware that Google has brought their Chrome apps to the desktop. The full post is here. This allows you to run any supported Chrome app as you would any other program. 

UPDATE: If you haven't seen the new Google Sheets in action and are unsure about whether or not you want to try it, check out this video tutorial (link below) that features some of the updates.
http://www.googlegooru.com/guide-to-the-new-google-sheets/


12.04.2013

Add/Remove Topic Section Shortcut

As I was mucking around in Moodle I discovered a shortcut for adding and removing course sections in a moodle course. It used to be that you had to go to Edit settings and change the number of course topics or weeks. That is no longer the case.

There is now a shortcut button within the course page itself (below).

 






To see the buttons, turn editing on and scroll down to the last section in your course. You should see these buttons located on the bottom right corner of the last section. You can click the "+" or "-" to either add or remove a section from your course.