School Jotter now features pictographic logins

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged accessibility, jotter tips, , sen
Not everyone is proficient when it comes to using the keyboard, and this is especially true when talking about students - certainly in the early years, even spelling their own names and passwords can be tricky for some.

That's why, in the latest version of School Jotter, we've added Picture Logins as a feature. Rather than entering names and passwords using a keyboard, pupils (or teachers - we're not here to judge) can log into their Jotter account by entering the correct series of icons from a grid. Setting it up is easy too!... Read More →

The new accordion feature in School Jotter

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged faqs, information, school jotter, site
We released an update to School Jotter last week, and it's added a few new things which I'll be covering in the coming weeks.

The first new object we'll be looking at is the (rather strangely-named) Accordion. It's a great way to create an information-packed page that also embraces minimalism and interactivity. As with all School Jotter objects, you can find it from the Insert menu in Edit mode.

The new accordion feature in School Jotter
Choose where you want to put it. The accordion will look like a series of headings that stretch across the space allocated to them. They look, once populated with content, something like Read More →

Putting Twitter on your school website – the easy way

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged Adding social media to a school website, Embedded code, school jotter tips, , Widget
I have a bit of a mea culpa this week - turns out that when I told you how to embed a Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago I was giving you a way which, while acceptable and functional, was both harder to use and gave less customisation options. With that in mind, here's how to create much more attractive, functional Twitter feeds anywhere on the School Jotter platform.

First of all, you're going to want to go to your twitter page and click your profile icon in the top right, then click Settings. Alternatively, visit twitter.com/settings/account.... Read More →

Adding a form to your School Jotter homepage

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged data, jotter tips, , website forms
Adding forms is fairly easy to do, but it can be a little difficult to work out where you need to go at first. Forms can be a great way to gather information or collect responses from parents. They're a simple tool with genuinely hundreds of uses.

To start with, we're going to need to create the forms in the Jotter management area.

Adding a form to your school website

Adding a form to your school website

This will bring up the form management page. Two are created for you by default, for contacting the school and for reporting absences - we've found these two can be very helpful to schools on their own. Let's Read More →

Adding a private page to your School Jotter website

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged governor, jotter tips, private, security
Welcome back to the new year - here's your first tips post of 2016!

There are many reasons you might want to add a private page to your website. Perhaps you'd like a hidden section for governors' meeting minutes, or a repository of information to a specific class, or a form that only parents can access - the possibilities are endless.

Luckily, creating a password-restricted page is easy. First of all, enter Edit mode on your site and click Manage then Pages.... Read More →

Website of the Week – Woodbank Primary School, Bury

By Cieran Douglass in Website of the Week | Tagged bury, great websites, school jotter, uber theme
This week we’ll be taking a look at a school who have clearly picked a theme for their website and then threaded everything through it. Woodbank Primary School in Bury are clearly rather fond of their leafy green visuals, something that shows up in the school’s logo, its iconography and even its photos.

I like how, rather than letting the design or even the teachers speak to the parents, the school has very clear opinions from its students, signaling a high degree of respect. The Head Boy and Head Girl are given their own paragraphs next to glossy photos, right Read More →

Using your unlimited cloud storage

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged cloud storage, jotter tips, unlimited storage, uploading
You might have heard a lot about cloud storage in the last few years, but did you know you already have unlimited storage through School Jotter? All Jotter customers have access to the Files app, which lets you store, access and organise anything you like.

If you've been with us since the beginning, you might remember how I showed you how to add files to this as part of the slideshow process, but we've got quite a few new faces since then, so I'll recap it for everyone's benefit.Cloud storage with School Jotter

This is what you see when you click the Files app in Read More →

Website of the Week – Bowling Green Primary

By Cieran Douglass in Website of the Week | Tagged calderdale, halifax school websites, responsive design, uber theme
I think uber themes really are the future of school web design. All of our newer websites are great, but it’s the uber themes that really stand out as bold, modern and vibrant designs, while still being subtle and working on any device size. This week we’ll be looking at Halifax’s Bowling Green Primary School, as the last Website of the Week of 2015.

With Jotter 2 being three years old now we’re getting an increasing number of schools requesting upgrades to newer themes, as we saw last week with Alfreton. When you’re happy with the School Jotter software but want something a bit more modern for your front-facing website, a redesign can be an ideal, cost-effective way of getting what you need while maintaining your content in a hassle-free manner.... Read More →

Embedding Google Translate in your school website

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged custom school website, esl students, google translate, html code
We've found that schools really like this feature, so today I'm going to be showing you how to add a Google Translate button to your website using the Embedded Code widget. First of all, you're going to want to enter your site in Edit mode and visit the page you'd like the button to be displayed on. Then, click Insert item > Embedded Code.

Adding translation tools to a school website

It'll ask you where you'd like to put the button, just click on the location as you would with any other Jotter item. You'll then get this window:

Adding translation tools to a school website

A little background information on what we're doing here Read More →

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