Busy teachers quick guide........
Creating a Webpage
Building a webpage takes time but when you have it created it is there for the world to see. A big advantage is it can be easily updated when needed. To get started have a look at the glossary to familarise yourself with some new lingo...... then don't be shy and give it ago... (is that poetry?).
Alternatively see your line manager, Shelagh or me and we will try to demonstrate the solution. Please be patient as you might be asking for advanced features we don’t know.
Hope this helps. Good luck
PS you need to login and have permission to edit a website…..
Collect your resources.
Now you need to collect the resources that are needed on your webpage. Find the appropriate images, files and text you need and have it saved in a folder before you begin.
Use a template.
Our website software allows you to use work in word for the bulk of the page layout and text editing. Below I have loaded several template files which I have used in the ICT section. Feel free to amend them to suit your own department style.
Create your page but don’t add the images or files at this stage as you will need to upload these resources at a later stage. This phase is just the text and general page layout using the formatting features of word.
Group or Page
Contact your head of department or the manager of the section you would like to create your page in and discuss where it could fit in the website.
If the site already has a section (group) with the appropriate students allocated or a subject area it fits into then you can create a new page. If you wanted to create an activity for year sevens then a new page in the year seven group is needed. Now see task four below.
If different users need access or a new topic is going to be published then you may need to create a new group. IE if a new course is being offered in ICT a new group in ICT will be needed. See step five below.
If you are unsure at this stage please come and see me and I will gladly discuss any ideas for your webpage with you.
New page creation.
This will be the main day to day task of creating your website. Make sure you are an editor of the group you are creating the page in (See your HoD or ICT support for this). You will go through the following steps to create the page.
Goto group resources from the group admin panel.
Add a new page in the group
Select who can see it
Copy your word file or create the page online in the editor.
Select where you want the images and select the upload images button.
Set the properties
Upload the page
New Group Creation
If you needed to create a new group you will have to go the section where you want to add the group then:
Click on subgroup control from the group admin section
Move it up and down to get it to the correct place.
Now you have a new group you can select it and then select the homepage from the group admin menu.
Use the editor by copying and pasting in your word file, then uploading your images and creating the hyperlinks to your resources.
If you need users to access files you can upload a massive range of files from text documents to video clips.
Go to the group where you need to add the resources. Then from the group admin menu select resources.
At the top is a folder, click on the add folder button
and name the folder then submit.
Then select the folder and click the add files button.
Drag and drop the files you want to include into the folder and set the security settings.
(I add the whole college profile rather than make it public and it saves managing users later on and keeps copyright laws off your back.) Also why share your hard work with other colleges! (Capitalist economy and all that! You should try and sell them.)
Now you have your resources in a folder you could link them to the main page of the task or activity. See creating links below.
Linear text, like linear learning, is not the only way and websites allow the user to create their own path through the information you provide. Hyperlinks are the heart of websites functionality that allows this flexibility.
If you want to create a link to another page copy the URL (web address) into the clip board (ctrl>C). Then in the editor highlight the word or image you want to become the link and press the link button in the editor. Paste the link in to the top, select self and apply.
If you want to create a link to the resources you can use the resource URL and paste in a link, as above or you can copy the file image from the folder view and paste it into your web page.
I think this looks slick and you can then hide the resources folder so users just see the links. Keeps your web area tidy to!
I hope this quick guide is ok and gives you a few pointers. Please come and see me if you can't get it to work.
Useful Files and Links
These templates should be adjusted to give you website a ‘subject feel’. Think of appropriate colours and use them consistently. Feel free to add or cut out the sections as you need.