School wires Notes
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Benefits of schoolwires…
Everything all in one place. Blogs, email alerts for announcements, homework,
etc. (if parents register), slideshows, podcasts, webpage, calendar
Parents can subscribe to get alerts from any section of the website. COOL!
o A parent registers for e-alerts and can get info from all their childs
Calendars- now there is only one per teacher/section. Coming soon- teachers can
have multiple calendars for each subject area.
We are giving up some “creativity” to have incredible benefits for other services.
When teachers move sites, webpage moves with them! Site director would move
it to the new site. Would never have to re-create it.
Saving the district $75,000! Were will that new found $ go? Back into the
Section Report- shows you who is subscribed to your website!
Right click anywhere to print, back, refresh, etc….
To log in: http://swtrain1.schoolwires.com Password: changeme
Select a site: liberty elementary school
Channel- the main sections created by the district… teachers, etc.
Sections- “teachers” Athletics
School for staff development: http://www.dentonisd.org For staff- schoolwires demo
In my teacher section- click on new page.
Select Blogs- Name it as a “general title”. Not the name of the blog.
Create the new posting page. Title it. (blog title)
Insert image (first button) Second button is image properties. Make sure text
wraps around. Left justify.
In my teacher section- create New page
Site director (district level- Ken & Stu)
o Homepage Editor- Karen
o Section Editors
Subsite director (me/webmasters)
Section editor (teachers)
Monday: October 22, 2007
School wires Notes
Forms and Surveys- Design, Inactive or Active formats
Use as a pre-test and post test; class contracts w/ contact information;
o Gradable selections-
o Choice 1 drop down
o Choice – one answer
Open Ended comment box-Essay questions
Use for Name, address, etc.
Open Ended one line- Matrix with multiple lines for input
To change the text…use html code- ie: <b>name</b> for bold, “i” for italicized
Tips for forms/surveys- Use new pages often instead of scrolling. Better to read and
“click” than to scroll down. (like QLab- one question per page).
Use new page for Piping…uses the name of the individual in the next response
after you copy/paste the “piping code”
When a student is taking a test…if they answer “yes” it takes you to a specific
All questions in one group…will go to specific page.
o Management- can click and drag to re-order your pages.
o When you are working on a page- click “inactive”
o “breadcrumbs” are the access back to where you want to go….
Overview page- can’t be deleted, can make more and can rename (it is the index
page that the site goes to “landing page”.
Article Library- Archives alphabetically the list (date to show or hide) !
o Homework, documents, vocab word lists- Type directly onto these pages.
o New Article…same button, same location on each page type for all NEW
stuff in every page type!
o Set date- automatically saves it for a year unless you change it. Make sure
it is accurate. Started is correct or end hasn’t passed.
o Make sure it’s marked “active”
Flex Page- used the most- can be deleted, added, etc. Like Microsoft word, photo
o Past “text” is best instead of paste from word. You want to edit/format text
Link Library- Obviously for links that can be date generated…start and end date.
File Library- Documents – pdf, Microsoft office- requires software to open these
School wires Notes
Calendar- Every teacher can have their own. Color categories. Teacher can
request to have their event put on the district calendar. COOL! I can put events
down onto the teacher’s calendars.
o New event is best way to add the events to your calendar
o Site coordinator has set 20 color coded event categories. Eventually,
teachers will be able to add their own categories.
o Registration ability- Adult ed or teacher training…can set # of
participants, date to register by, choice of meals, etc.
o Import events from on-line calendar
Maps and directions- List locations and links to Expedia.com
Blogs- posting ability- can lock comments for review
Podcasts- record and then upload file- automatically
Section Configuration- Creating a template for teacher pages. Can only apply it to a new
Leave Auto list for teachers for now.
Round trip editing…allows you to edit in Dreamweaver, etc. Restrict Formatting
Pages….give them familiar things that they know like “homework”…Section
Editor- page 12-14.
o Welcome- Flex pages
o Homework- Article Library- Can put a start and end date on any
Step 1- Do Page Layout first for teachers- Can only be applied to a flex page.
Step 2- Section Configuration
Step 3- Import Users…use check box for Robot “helper”.
Manage users to : import all teacher, counselors, admin and give them editor features
o User Management
o Import Users
o Click the “use the Section Robot Tool…”
Look under the School wires Modules after the photo gallery.
Data entry must be consistent (is: school names) or else the drop down menu will
think it is 2 different schools)
For a custom mini-base…with photos. Upload photos to the school wires files and