Using Private Areas

By Arthur Howie in Customer Training, Development | Tagged jotter tips, primary school, school jotter 2, school website design
Storing information securely is a key concern for schools. For that reason, we you might find it useful to have a private area on your website for governors, teachers or OFSTED.

School Jotter makes it easy to add and customise access to your own private area, requiring a login for users to access it.

1 - Firstly, make sure you have a user login set up. You can do this by going to the ‘admin’ section on your jotter site and clicking ‘add user’.

Fill out the details there with whatever you want the user to log in with. Check 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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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