Monthly Archives: November 2014

Submit Assignments into Moodle AWAY FROM YOUR iPAD!

Let’s assume for a moment that you have tried to submit a Google Drive file into a Moodle assignment  using your iPad – and it doesn’t work.

Let’s also assume that your Notability backups are working, and that the Notability document you just completed is already in your Drive.

  1. Get to a desktop or laptop [you can even do this using a smartphone, but it’s more aggravating].
  2. Fire up a web browser [Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.]
  3. Open up your Google drive by surfing to [or you could click the link]. login.
  4. Open up the Notability folder, just to make sure the file you need is there. If it isn’t, pull out your iPad and manually export the file from Notability to Google Drive.
  5. Open up a new tab. Get to and login to Moodle. Submit the file – you already know how to do that, right?

Now you know how to bypass a technical issue, get your assignment in on time, AND access your Drive-space away from your iPad.



Notability issue – Out of Storage

Think of your ipad as a filing cabinet with a limited amount of storage. If you fill up your filing cabinet, then nothing more can be stashed there until you toss some stuff.

If the cabinet [your iPad] is full, then Notability will NOT save what you’ve been working on.

How to tell how much storage you have used/have available:

Settings –> General –> About

How to tell what app is using the most storage:

Settings –> General –> Usage –> Manage Storage

Suggestions for clearing out some space:

  • First thing to try: Close out of all your apps [doubleclick home, swipe up all the apps], then reboot by holding down the power button until the “swipe to turn off” slider appears.
  • Second thing to try: Settings –> General –> Software Update. Click on the triangle at the bottom – it MAY let you delete the downloaded update file.
  • Photos & Camera: Delete any pix/videos you don’t need. If you have some you’d like to keep, upload them to Drive and then delete from the iPad
  • To upload pix/vids to Drive: fire up the Drive app. Create a folder where you’d like to stash the files. Click the PLUS icon. Select “Upload Photos or Videos”, then camera roll. Click to select the files you’d like to upload, THEN CLICK THE BLUE CHECKMARK at the top right.
  • iBooks: delete anything that you don’t need anymore
  • Notability: delete anything not needed. If you don’t need it NOW but want to keep it, upload the file to Drive by clicking on the Export icon at the top of the screen. has detailed instructions.

  • Mail: Sometime Mail is taking up tons of room, especially if you never delete anything. Mail is actually downloading a COPY of your emails from the server – to clean things up without actually deleting the mails, delete the account from your iPad [Settings –> Mail]. When you set it up again, select “Google” for the account type.

Virtual Light Lab – make a movie

[4/14/15 update: added section about getting your video into iMovie on your iPad, at the bottom.]

Virtual Light Lab is installed in all the ARC computers. It allows you to design stage lighting and experiment without all that mucking around with electrical cables and gobos and such.

After you have created your show, you can save it as a quicktime movie [which can then be plopped into your Google Drive and viewed on your iPad]. Here’s how:

[Click on each graphic to see the bigger version]

1. Call up the SlideShow


2. The instructions give you an overview of the process.

Basically you give a save location and filename, set some parameters, and then manually step through your slideshow by clicking the play button.VLL 2

3. IMPORTANT: Make sure you add .MOV to the end of your filename. The program tries to add .moov, and quicktime doesn’t know what that is. [Neither dfoes anything else.]


4. Next up: parameters [aka settings]. Here is what I suggest.

VLL 5Greater frames per second = less jerky motion but bigger filesize.
Better compressor quality = better quality images but bigger filesize.

You might try using “low” quality, or even least, to see if they are good enough.

5. Notice the record button is green.VLL 66. Click the PLAY button.

The RECORD button will turn red, and behind the scenes a movie file is being created. YOU determine the length of each scene by how fast you click through. VLL 7



7.  You may see this dialog after clicking record. Click Yes.VLL 8

8. Then your movie will open and you can see if you like the results.

vll movieIf you don’t like them, switch back to the slideshow and record again. You’ll have to redo the settings each time.

If you DO like the result, then you can email the file, stash it in google drive [], trash it, etc.


Once those files are in Drive, how do you get them into iMovie on your iPad?




  1. Fire up the Drive App
  2. Navigate to the desired file – I suggest starting with the VIDEO file first.
  3. Click the “I” icon, on the right.
  4. Click “Open in….”
  5. Click the 2nd “Open In….”
  6. Select “iMovie”
  7. iMovie loads the file.
  8. Go back to the Drive app.
  9. Select the “I” icon for the audio file.
  10. Click “Open in….”
  11. Click the 2nd “Open In….”
  12. Select “iMovie”
  13. iMovie asks if you want to create a NEW movie, or to add it to the “Last one edited”. Select Last one Edited.
  14. The audio is placed in the project.