Website of the Week – Rogiet Primary School

By Cieran Douglass in Website of the Week | Tagged school website, school website design, wales, website of the week
This week’s website of the week comes to us from Monmouthshire in South Wales, and it’s a cracking one. Rogiet Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Rogiet) had their School Jotter website launch last week, and after seeing it it was really a no-brainer who our website of the week would be.

Rogiet have managed to strike the perfect balance between something bold, colourful and child friendly, and something that parents can use and find useful. It’s easy to navigate with its large tiles and buttons, while the big, high-resolution images really help to show off what the school is all about. Read More →

Newsletters as file downloads

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged files, jotter tips, newsletters
While School Jotter does offer Newsletter capabilities, we appreciate that, for those who want a more rich and designed experience, you can't beat PDF downloads. Often these are created to send home with pupils, with digital copies uploaded to the website. The latest release of School Jotter makes it easy to present these in a sensible and attractive way, rather than just a string of links!

To start with, go to where you want the newsletters to be embedded (we recommend a dedicated page for this but you can do it anywhere) and enter Edit mode, then click Insert Item Read More →

Using timed content to create a term’s worth of homework in an evening

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged excercises, features, homeworke, jotter learn, jotter tips

Coming soon


Last week we showed you how to use Exercises in Learn to create and manage homework assignments and more. These are a great tool, and using some basic built-in Jotter functionality, we'll soon be able to extend it to make it even better. Note that, while you can set this system up now, it won't be enabled fully until an update in a couple of weeks, which we'll make you aware of!

First of all, for this to work best we recommend setting up a dedicated Learn page for homework and assignments - if all the objects are on Read More →

Exercises and homework-setting in School Jotter Learn

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged exercise, homework, learn, saviong time, school jotter tips
This week we're going to discuss one of the most powerful parts of the Learn VLE, and one which can reduce your workload and bring a lot more things online. Everything I'll be doing today will cover setting up and administrating the homework - next week we'll be showing you how to "set and forget" a whole term's worth of it!

To start with, go to the Learnsite you want to embed the homework on - whether this is a dedicated page or part of another one is up to you. Enter Edit mode and click Insert > Exercise.

Homework assignments in School Jotter

Once you've Read More →

School Jotter 4.5 update

By Cieran Douglass in Release notes | Tagged new releases, school jotter, school jotter updates, school websites, updates
We've just pushed the latest update to School Jotter live. You might have noticed these are coming more frequently now - we're aiming for smaller, more frequent, more agile releases every two weeks, rather than a big one every few months.

Site


  • A new Files Download element has been added that allows you to share files and folders to your website.
  • Pinterest has been added to the social networks list (compatible bespoke themes only.)
  • Extra security has been added to blogs that have been embedded on the website.
  • An issue that broke pagination of embedded blogs has been resolved.
  • An issue where CSV results were exported incorrectly from Forms has been resolved.
  • An issue where images could not be removed from News stories has been resolved.
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Adding a sitemap to School Jotter

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged jotter tips, school jotter, search engines, seo, sitemap
Before we start, don't forget to check out our new helpsite and knowledgebase at education.webanywhere.co.uk.

It's running our custom-built Promatum software for distributed training, meaning it's easy to use, lean and you can get it on any device you like. Give it a spin and let us know what you think - the same resources are there, they're just now in a much easier, more accessible format!

Today we're looking at sitemaps. Before we begin though, a bit of background on what a sitemap is. First of all, it's a tool for search engines to use, not for end-users! It tells Read More →

School Jotter 4.4 is here

By Cieran Douglass in Release notes, Support | Tagged apps, patch, school jotter, security, updates
If you logged into School Jotter this morning, you might have noticed a few changes. Or perhaps not, a lot of what we're doing is behind the scenes and designed to make School Jotter run better than ever.

System Changes


  • The way we display graphs has improved in our Surveys, Spellings, MIS Portal, and Merits apps.
  • Stability, performance and security changes.

Dashboard


  • The School Jotter app store can now be accessed via the blue + at the bottom right of the dashboard.
Why not try a new app to enhance the functionality of School Jotter? Many are available on a 30 day, no-obligation FREE trial!

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Our new helpsite is here!

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged promatum, school jotter help, school jotter site, support, training
If you've been using School Jotter for any length of time, you might have come across our help site at wa.schooljotter2.com. We built this in School Jotter to provide a knowledge-base for our customers looking to know more about the system. As helpful as it is, we've always found (and heard) that it's a bit hard to navigate and find your way around though, and we think we've come up with a solution.

Presenting education.webanywhere.co.uk


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Embedding a readable document in School Jotter

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged document upload, embed, jotter site, pdf
Ofsted requires that you include certain documents on your school website, and all this means at its minimum is that they must be provided as downloads. But, for accessibility, wouldn't it be nicer to have them readable and embedded on your website? You can probably see where this is going - yes, School Jotter lets you do that! First of all, take a look at this page for an example of what I'm talking about.

Setting this up is easy - first of all we're going to go into Edit mode, click Insert Item, then choose Document.

Embedding a readable document in School Jotter

You'll be asked where Read More →

Create a self-marking quiz with Resources

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged automation, learn, marking, quiz, resources, vle
You might have heard a lot of talk about School Jotter's function as a VLE. While a repository to store learning materials is all well and good, a VLE really needs a way to actually assess students' learning - it's a good thing, then, that Resources and Learn (bundled together) offer this capability!

First of all, you're going to need to go to the Resources app from your School Jotter dashboard (you can also create Quizzes from within Learn itself, but we'll do it this way as it's much the same method). Click Create Resource at the top of the page, then choose Quiz from the dropdown.

Create a self-marking quiz in School Jotter... Read More →

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