Classroom is a web-based curriculum builder. When you design questions or assignments in Classroom you are creating documents for the web. And just like creating a paper version of a question or assignment, you may need to attach additional materials. In Classroom, you have the option of adding images, links, PDFs or other documents to any question or assignment you create using a tool called MoxieManager. It is a file and media manager for the web. MoxieManager allows you to organize and store web content on a secure server. The files you upload are only accessible by you. Once added, the files are available to you from anywhere within Classroom and are persistent from year to year. So you can use them over and over again.
You can access MoxieManager by selecting one of two icons in any text editor menu bar in Classroom, Links or Images. They both work in the same manner.
If you select Insert/Edit Link, a window with blank fields will appear. At this point you could add a web address (URL) to create a hypertext link in your question or assignment.
Any student or educator who clicks on the hypertext will be redirected to that web page. We recommend you set the target to "New window"; an additional browser tab will be opened for the new page, leaving the Classroom page as is.
If, however, you click the file folder icon in the upper-right corner, you will access MoxieManager and can "link to" an actual file.
To add one or more files, select the Upload button. You can upload a variety of file types, but the maximum file size can only be 50 MB. You can drag files onto the upload window or select the Add Files button.
Once you have added all the files you need to upload, make sure you select the Upload button. To exit the upload tool, select Close.
At this point you can Insert any document into your question or assignment. The URL is filled in for you and is the secure location of the file. You should fill in the remainder of the fields and set the target to "New window".
You can also manipulate the files you have uploaded through MoxieManager. Select a file using the checkbox to the left of the filename, then select Manage to delete, rename, download, or zip (compress) the file.
You can also organize your files using the Create...Folder option. Use the filter box to search for a particular file name or part of a file name.
Insert/Edit Image works just like Links and has the same features for managing pictures and the same parameters for file size; 50 MB. Picture file types include .jpg, .jpeg, .png, and .gif.
The picture manager defaults to a thumbnail view.
Once you have selected the image to insert into your question or assignment, give it a Description, and set the Dimensions to a size appropriate for the context. The picture size is measured in pixels. One inch equals approximately 72 pixels. We recommend you select the Constrain proportions checkbox so that the image remains the same size no matter what browser or view is used.
Sometimes different versions of browsers do not display documents and images consistently. For instance, what looks good in Chrome, may not look so great in Firefox. If this becomes an issue, we suggest you save your document as a PDF, or portable document format, file. The majority of browsers today will render a PDF file exactly the same by using Adobe Reader.
[Updated: 1/20/15, prh]