Creating Teacher Sites  
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Self-Paced Module 2 website image
 
This module will look at some extended features of the School Wires Workspace.
 
 
  Module 2 Content
   
 
 
  Goals for Module 2
   After completing the second module, teachers should be able to:
  • Recognize and navigate using the breadcrumb trail
  • Understand and navigate the workspace tabs
  • Understand and manipulate the page layout and apps
  • Be familiar with Summary Tab/Page Actions/Organize Pages
 
 
 
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Navigating Beyond the Editor
 
   SITE & CHANNELS 
 
Site and Channel pane
 
The left hand SITE & CHANNELS pane
lists each space for which you have editing permissions.
Many staff members will have only one channel.
 
contracted channel pane
 
The list of channels can be Contracted/Expanded
with the SITE & CHANNELS triangle.
 
 x for closing pane The pane can be hidden entirely for more editing space
 and less visual distraction.
 
 
 
 TOP TABS
 
 top tabs
 
Summary Tab   provides a listing of Current Pages (within the selected channel)
                                  allowing the following management options:
 
                                  Create New Pages
                                  Organize Pages (reorder and nest) 
                                  Manage Each Page's Status (Active/Inactive toggle)
 
actions menu Each page's Actions button allows further options:
       
Edit Page: Access each page's layout/editing area
Page Options: Rename page, Hide from website menus
Get Link:  Obtain page's web address
Copy Page:  To use as a backup, template, or before/after
Move Page:  To another Channel
Delete:  Send page to the recycle bin
Set Viewers:  Limit who can see each page
 
 
 
Tools Tab      Provides access to tools that will help you manage your resources, gather information,
                            store and display information, and share resources with your viewers.
                            Files and Folders is a frequently used tool, allowing the uploading of images and files.
 
 
 tools pallette

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Editors & Viewers Tab    By default, School Wires pages are open to all website visitors.
                                                      Use this tab to limit who can view and/or edit particular pages.
                                                      Assign users by name or by group.
 
 
Statistics Tab    Monitor the activity on your sections and pages by date range.
 
statistics page  
 
 
'How Do I?' Tab    A searchable help facility of Articles, Tutorial Videos and other Help Resources.
 
help facility  
 
 
 
BREADCRUMB TRAIL   This feature allows you to easily navigate backwards.
                                              It also helps you understand the structure of your pages.
 
breadcrumb trail  
 
      The house icon brings you back 'home', to your Summary List of Pages in the current section.
               The second item in the trail, indicates which page you are working on.
                         The third item in the trail will show the specific app you are editing/viewing.
                            
 
You can tell where you are in the larger structure - by looking at the current breadcrumb trail.
The last item in the trail, indicates the item you currently have open on your screen.
The breadcrumb trail shows the path you took to get there.
 
 
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Design & Layout ...
 
Variety is the spice of life! 
 
multi-app layout    Some pages have a 'multi-tasking personality' to them.
   These pages allow users to access varied content in one location.
   A Home page is often like this, as it provides contact and introduction info,
   as well as links to various other pages, activities or resources.
 
left navigation layout
 
  Some pages have a single focus, but still have multiple ways
  to access information about the singular theme.
 
 
single app layout  
  Still other pages, are simple and straight forward, with only one goal, 
  one type of information or interaction.
 
 
 
When you are constructing a page, you have several considerations.
 
 There are many Page Types
There are many Page Layouts  
There are many Apps  
page type list  
layout
layout option  
simple layout  
app  app app
 
       Click here for
                 
You want to create an interface that is easy to understand and navigate.
You want to create an environment where your intention is straight forward.
You want to use a good balance of text, graphics and negative space (white space),
     so your visitors don't become visually confused or overwhelmed.
 
Downloadable list of Apps and their descriptions. 
 
 
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Tables Help Organize Information - Or Organize Space
 
Tables can help organize information like weekly schedules, homework assignments, teams or project data.
These types of tables show relationships between the items in their rows and columns.
Music on Tuesday, Art on Friday, etc.  Tables that show relationships between items usually have borders. 
Borders and backgrounds can be colorful or simple without affecting the demonstrated relationships.
 
Tables can also be helpful in evenly managing information across a website page.
These tables often have the visible borders turned off, as they do not mean to suggest a relationship between
the items.  They are used strictly for spacing purposes.
 
How To Add a Table:
  A table can be added to your web page using the table section of the 3rd editor toolbar row. table options
  
  table wizard icon  The Table Wizard (leftmost icon) will allow you to highlight your desired number of rows and columns.
 
table wizard  
 The resulting table will be shorter and wider than the wizard view,
 but should contain the indicated number of rows and columns.
 
 The cells will expand as you type within them. 
          initial table frame  
 
 
table options icon
                                                
The Table Options icon                                                    
     lets you insert/delete,               
     merge/split columns                  The Row Properties and Cell Properties icons                 
     or rows as shown below.           allow you to change the properties shown below.  row cell options
            
      table options  row options
 
       cell options
 
 
 visible borders icon The Visible Borders icon allows you to turn off table borders.
 This allows you to use tables to organize and line up information,
                    without the appearance of tabular relationships between the items. 
 
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