How to add images to quiz questions

A teacher emailed me this question a few days ago:

I have managed to upload some some pictures as a zip. I can see them in the image library, and as thumbnails in a popup. However, if I try and drag them into my question, all I get is a new window with the image in it.

This is a common request, so I thought you might appreciate me sharing the answer with you.

The drag and drop method only works in Firefox. Try as we might, we could never get Internet Explorer to do it right. Here is the more reliable way.

  1. Right-click on the image and select “properties”.
  2. Find and copy the complete URL of the image.
  3. Now paste that into the image field in the question.

New solution coming soon Update: implemented Sept 2008

For the past six months we have been working on a completely new way to create and edit questions. I shall introduce it in the Masterclass on July 4th, and after that invite a few authors to beta-test it prior to the full roll-out in September.

To whet your appetite, here are some of the features…

  • Image drag and drop that works everywhere (of course)
  • Attach sounds to questions or responses
  • Duplicate and adapt existing questions

…and here’s a screencast:

Ralph Holmes wins Author of the Year

winner

My hearty congratulations to Ralph Holmes of Langley School, Norfolk, for winning Yacapaca’s Author of the Year award. I announced the award here, but briefy the 1000+ courses on Yacapaca were whittled down to a shortlist of seven best-in-subject exemplars. A panel of judges then selected the winner and runner up. The winner gets a seriously groovy iPod Touch.

So why did they pick Ralph’s Years 9,10 and 11 Physics course? The judges felt it was excellent for revision work, and particularly praised the comprehensive feedback and the quality of presentation.

Runner-up was Hannah Mohon of Huntcliff School in Saltburn-by-Sea, for her AQA GCSE History course. I was not surprised it did well – it is a huge resource, certainly the most comprehensive in Yacapaca.

Perhaps the most succinct judging comment was from John Boyle:

I thought both the top placed courses were by far the most student orientated and visually pleasing, even though the two winning courses are not areas of interest for me personally, I found both courses extremely interesting, and am sure pupils would feel the same.

I am really glad it was not me doing the judging. I loved all the resources in the shortlist, and would have agonised forever over denying the top prize to any of them. Fortunately, the judges were made of sterner stuff! I would really like to thank them for the hard work they have put in.

Safer than your bank

How secure is your learning platform? The TLS Report measures the quality of encryption used by different web services. I tested Yacapaca against online banking from the UK’s major high street banks. Only Lloyds TSB matched our rating. Here are links to the reports.

So your students’ assessment data is safer than your money. Which is the way it should be.

TLS Report

I'm a dad!

Honora Grove-Stephensen

Honora Mbiadop Grove-Stephensen was born at 00:17 this morning, weighing 3.63kg.

I’m taking a month’s paternity leave, so no more blogging for a while. Except more baby pics of course.

Global Yacapaca usage snapshot

We had a lovely email today from a teacher in Australia, who asked:

I am a regional ICT Trainer in Australia, and I am absolutley amazed by your Yacapaca site! The functionality is like nothing I’ve seen anywhere else!! I signed up to try it out and was blown away. I would love to recommend this site to teachers in my district, but I wanted to ask you first if you would give your permission for us to use your site from over here in Australia. I know it was set up for UK teachers, but I wondered if you might be willing to stretch the borders – we may be able to provide some good resources to share – hopefully!

Yes! Of course! Even if you don’t write such a nice introduction. But it set me wondering where all our users do come from. So I took a look. Of 640 schools that used Yacapaca yesterday, 562 (86.5%) were in the UK. Here is how the remaining 15.5% broke down:

Yacapaca global usage survey