• Using Technology to Build Relationships with Parents

    Posted by CHRIS COPLAN on 10/28/2015 11:00:00 AM

    On Wednesday, October 28th, I presented to more than 80 teachers and staff in the District on Using Technology to Build Relationships with Parents. The presentation was one of 40+ that focused on social emotional learning support and strategies.

     

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  • Adding a Video or Sound File to Your Page

    Posted by Chris Coplan on 12/27/2010 10:30:00 AM

    To insert a video:


    1. Go to the page in Site Manage where you would like to insert a video. Often times, section editors or teachers will create a page called Pictures and Video or something similar.

    2. Once you have opened up the page in Site Manage, place your cursor where you would like the video to go in the page.

    3. Next, on the toolbar at the top, click on open toolbox. The icon looks like a triangle with a tool over the top.

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    4. After clicking on the icon, a new window will appear, giving you three selections to choose from. Select the middle option Rich Media Objects.

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    5. Next, you can choose the movie or audio file type that you will use. If you have a flash file (.swf), select the first option. If it is a quicktime or similar file (AVI, MP3, MP4, MOV, WAV, WMV extension.), select the second option.

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    1. After choosing the file type, you will now be prompted to browse for the file on your computer or drive. If you have chosed the movie or sound option, you can also answer a few true/false questions about whether you want the file to play automatically or if you want the user to have a play/stop bar on the file, etc.

    2. Click insert and then save your page. Visit your website page to verify that the file is working properly.


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  • Adding a Newsletter or Class Notes (FILE LIBRARY)

    Posted by Chris Coplan on 11/23/2010 9:00:00 AM

    The File Library page is a great way to add a classroom newsletter or class notes to your website. Not only does this page type allow you to attach a document, but it also allows you to schedule what time and date you want it to appear to the public. Follow the steps below to add a File Library page to your site!

    1. Follow all steps of "Teacher Log-in and Site Manage Access" instructions

    2. Once the "Site Manage" window is open, Click "New Page," located in the top left corner of the screen.
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    3. Next, Click the File Library page type.

    4. In the box "Page Name," give your new File Library page a name.

      (ex. "Classroom Newsletter" or "10th Grade History Class Notes")

    5. Click "Save" (You should notice that you are back now at the page shown in the image above, with the only change being you have added a fourth page to your previous list of three.)

    6. Click on your new page title to edit or add to that page. (ex. "Classroom Newsletter" or "5th Grade Geography Homework")

    7. Next, click "New File" in the top left corner of the page.

    8. Insert a title for your new file and click "next."

      (ex. If adding a newsletter, you may title it "Monday, November 15, 2010 newsletter")

    9. Now you are able to give your file a description (if it is a newsletter, maybe add the topics that are discussed or a reminder for parents that was not in the newsletter. You may also leave the description blank.), select a date and time of when this file will be displayed (This is your scheduler for this page. You can have this page ready in advance and choose not to display it to the public until a hours, days or weeks later. If you would like it to appear immediately, always backdate the start date one day. Just choose a date and time for the page to start appearing for the public to see. You can also choose an end date. This comes in handy if you like to clear your page at the end of the semester or year. If the end of the semester is January 13, 2010, and that is when I set my end date, all of my newsletters and/or notes posted to this page will automatically delete when it hits that date.), and attach your file. (To attach your file, click browse and navigate to the location on your computer or drive that you store your needed file. Select and double click your file, then click next and finally, finish. The preferred file type is PDF, but Word, Powerpoint and other file types are also acceptable. You should keep in mind that your audience will only be able to open files if they have the corresponding program at home.)

    10. Click Active to make this page accessable to the public. (Keep in mind that if you scheduled your start date for a later date and time, you will not see this file page until then.)
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    11. Save your new page by clicking the save button at the bottom.

    12. Click on home in the top left corner of the page to return to your list of pages.

    13. Repeat, starting at step 7 to continue to add files to your newsletter or notes page.

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  • Teacher Log-in and Site Manage Access

    Posted by Chris Coplan on 11/22/2010 9:00:00 AM

    • Navigate to the District Website (www.psd150.org)

    • Click on "sign in" (always in the top right corner) and enter your website username and password, then hit the sign-in button.

    • Navigate to your school's website in the drop down menu titled "select a school" at the top of the website.

    • Once on your school's website, click "Staff" (located underneath of the picture banner)

    • Next, click on your name. This should take you to your classroom website, where "site manage" should appear next to sign out and access info in the top right corner of the screen.

    • Click "Site Manage" (this opens a new window, where you will edit what your classroom site.)

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