Using Mediabird Study Notes
Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.2. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Using Mediabird Study Notes.
Mediabird is a contributed code activity module that allows context based collaborative note taking in Moodle.
- 1 Features
- 2 Typical uses
- 3 Setup
- 4 Theme adjustments for in-place note taking
- 5 Prerequisites
- 6 See also
- Students can take notes related to any page in a Moodle course.
- They can note anything that comes up in by writing text, drag and drop content or search notes of other students.
- All notes can be annotated, tagged and shared. This way, problems in understanding course material can be solved quickly and collaboratively.
Using Mediabird Study Notes is divided into two steps: Taking notes and reviewing them later on.
Taking notes on any page
While you're on a page such as a resource, forum post or quiz, you can note down anything that comes up in your mind.
- Click on the note taking button.
- Wait for the overlay to finish loading.
- Drag and drop content from the course page or simply enter your notes.
- Navigate between your note sheets using the yellow buttons at the lower left corner of the notepad.
Reviewing existing notes
- Click on the review notes button in the lower right corner of the notepad overlay.
Sharing notes and collaboratively working with them
- Click on the community button
- Click on more... next to Sharing
- If you want to create a new group:
- Click on Create Group
- Enter a name and click on Create
- Invite friends using the Invite friends button
- Click on Share note folder
- Click on Create
You can accept group invitations using the Community button
You can find shared notes using the Search button
The basic setup is very simple.
- Download the Mediabird Study Notes packages.
- Extract the archive into the moodle folder of your installation.
- Log in to Moodle as admin and go to the admin page.
- The activity should set itself up now.
- After the installation, add the Mediabird Study Notes activity to a course.
Setting up in-place note taking (recommended)
If you want to take notes while studying, you can enable the in-place note taking function that displays an icon on all pages of a course. Clicking on that icon displays the Mediabird notepad and allows for taking notes in-place. These can be reviewed in the activity later on.
Note: You need to adjust your theme as outlined below to enable this feature.
Setting up the equation editor
- Install a LaTeX distribution (see below for more specific instructions)
- Make sure the dvipng helper application is installed
- Make sure you have installed the LaTeX packages AMSFonts, AMSMath, xypic
- Locate dvipng and latex executables and specify their paths in the activity settings in the admin panel
- Install MikTeX and check for xypic, everything else should be included in the default setup
- Both dvipng.exe and latex.exe usually are located in C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.7\miktex\bin or similar
- Install packages texlive, texlive-pictures and dvipng
- The paths will usually be /usr/bin/dvipng and /usr/bin/latex
Theme adjustments for in-place note taking
Using the included theme
If you don't mind about the theme you use, you may easily
- go to Appearance in the admin panel
- select Theme Selector and choose standardmediabird
Note: If the theme does not appear in the list, make sure you've extracted it from the Mediabird Study Notes packages into the theme folder of your Moodle installation.
Using a custom theme
If you are using your own theme, all you need to add is the following line in the file header.html from your theme folder
<?php include_once($CFG->dirroot.'/mod/studynotes/ext/overlay_snippet.php'); ?>
after the line
<div class="navbar clearfix">
which is located near the middle of the file.
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