Friday, January 30, 2009

Putting MapleTA into Wikispaces

Having looked through the posts on Maple Primes, I found a suggestion to insert MapleTA assignments into webpages. So, I flipped over to Wikispaces and tried it out. A little bit of detective work on the page locations, I got it to work.

Since you can set MapleTA assignments to be anonymous, MapleTA will merely produced the questions and not record anything in the gradebook. Using the EMBED tool and the code below students can practice at whim:
Remember of course, to change the square brackets to the corresponding angle brackets!

[IFRAME SRC="http://server/mapleta/modules/test.Test?className=classname&testName=testname" TITLE="MapleTA" WIDTH='100%' HEIGHT=600][/IFRAME]

This follows closely on the heels of embedding GeoGebra into Wikispaces:

[applet name="ggbApplet" code="geogebra.GeoGebraApplet" archive="geogebra.jar" codebase="http://www.geogebra.org/webstart/3.2/" width="884" height="612" id="ggbApplet"]
[param name="filename" value="http://wikiname.wikispaces.com/file/view/yourfile.ggb"]
[/applet]

You first have to upload the yourfile.ggb to your Wikispaces, then embed the code using their widget button. You can change the width and height values and you have to change the YOURFILE name but that's about it.

This opens up a lot of interesting possibilities and I'm hoping it will encourage a lot more sharing.
I'm switching everything in my courses to Wikispaces this weekend and we'll see how much I can stuff in!
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