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 →

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 →

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 →

Getting started with Spellings

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training | Tagged app store, jotter tips, new releases, online spelling tests
We've recently had a lot of new schools sign up to our Spellings app, so it seems like the perfect time for a rundown of how to get started using the Spellings platform. Want to find out more? Drop us an email at education@webanywhere.co.uk and we'll sort you out with a demo.

Users of Spellanywhere can also have all their content migrated for them - we'll take care of this, so if you're a Spellanywhere user you really have no excuse for not upgrading!

Anyway, for those of you who are currently using the platform, here's a basic rundown of how Read More →

Teaching e-safety with Messages

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training, Support | Tagged cybersecurity, esafety, lesson ideas, school jotter tips
Our Messages app lets students and teachers privately and securely message each other within the School Jotter platform, and is a fantastic communication tool. It can also be used to teach a valuable lesson in staying safe online, as we're about to show you here.

The crux of this lesson will be that you as a teacher are going to create some fake "spam" messages to send out to your class. Since these aren't real emails, there's nothing actually at stake, and the purpose of the lesson is to teach pupils not to trust messages from unknown or suspicious sources.... Read More →

Using tables in School Jotter

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training, Support | Tagged jotter tips, support, tables, website design
Tables are one of the most helpful, but also infuriating aspects of web design. They can be invaluable for organising items on your page, but can also be a bit of a headache to set up. Here's how tables work in the School Jotter interface.

You can insert tables into any regular text object in Jotter, click where you'd like to put your table, then click this button in the toolbar at the top:

How to use tables in School Jotter

The easiest way to put in a table is through the "Insert table" option, mouse over it and this matrix will pop up.

How to use tables in School Jotter

You can then pick how Read More →

Using the new Jotter Safety Shield button

By Cieran Douglass in Customer Training, Support | Tagged cyberbullying, online safety, protection, security
Those of you who logged into School Jotter recently might have noticed a new button in the top right of your dashboard - a shield.

The Jotter Protect button

This is Jotter Safety Shield - our latest tool to help you, your students and your staff deal with potentially harmful or offensive content. It's a free update, included with all relevant School Jotter products, and you won't have to do anything to activate it - it should have already appeared in your dashboard!

So what does clicking it do?

... Read More →

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