• Updating Class and Club Info

    Posted by Amro Mosaad on 8/7/2013 2:10:00 PM
    You may notice when you login now and view Site Manager (see earlier post if you don't know what this means) that you see additional choices on the left.  You should see your subject area under Academics and possibly any clubs for which you serve as an advisor.  When you click on one of these you will have the ability to view and edit information that is already posted and add additional pages as you would for your own personal section.  When you want to edit your own personal pages, make sure that on the left, you click on your own name.
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  • Organizing Your Classes

    Posted by Amro Mosaad on 7/31/2013 1:05:00 PM
    So you've made your new homepage (the one with the photo) and you're ready to add content for your classes?  O, you haven't made the new homepage yet?  OK, you have two options.
    1.  Read the previous post and follow the directions in it.
    2.  Contact Amro via email and ask him to "reset your pages".  This will make the job of making a new homepage and setting up your classes easier.  The downside is that it will erase any work that you've already done on your pages.  If you haven't done any work yet, then there's nothing to lose.
    As for how to set up pages for your classes - to see what I'm talking about, go to the page for faculty member John Doe at the Academy.  Look to the menu on the left.  This is how I'm guessing most of us will organize our pages, by course.  If you chose option 2 above, it is just a matter of renaming - "Course 1" becomes "English 10", for example, and "Course 2" becomes "AP English".  Next to the page for "Course 1", choose Page Options on the drop-down menu.  There you can change the name of the page to the name of your course.  Make sure to click Save.
    To create a setup like this without having your pages reset, create a page for each course that you teach.  Then create a page for each page type that you want for each course.  For example, if you want an assignment page for each of two courses, create two assignment pages.  You can simply call each one "Homework" at first. Don't worry that they are not properly organized yet.  Some other page types that you might find useful are calendars, file libraries, and link libraries.
    After you've created all the pages that you need, click on Organize Pages.  Now you can move things to where they belong.  To place a page within another page, drag and drop it (let go when you see the plus sign on the page where it will go).  To change the order of the pages, drag and drop (let go when you see a horizontal line indicating the pages between which it will go).  Make sure to keep your homepage as the first page listed and to click Save.
    Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
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  • Standard Welcome Page

    Posted by Amro Mosaad on 7/24/2013 1:30:00 PM
    In looking at the websites of many different schools, you will find some that use a standard format for the welcome page of each teacher and some that do not.  The ones with standard welcome pages look a lot nicer.  For example, compare the teacher pages at http://www.blair.edu/academics/who-are-Blair-faculty/index.aspx with those at http://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=79&ChannelID=131&DirectoryType=6 or any other school. 
    In an effort to have a standard welcome page for each teacher, I ask that you follow these steps -
    1.  Add a page type entitled About Teacher Page - Edison Version.  The title that you choose will appear in the menu to the left.  I entitled mine Welcome.
    2.  Click on the page name.  You will see two boxes - one called About Teacher App and one called Flex Page App.  Click on About Teacher App.
    3.  On the About Teacher App, fill in your name.  Then using bold size 18 font , where it says Biography, enter your department name on one line, then Academy Teacher Since (enter year here) on the next line.  See my page or John Doe's page if you're not clear on this. If you have a photo of yourself that you like, upload it here.  Click save.
    4.  Click on Details.  Enter your Email and Phone number here.    Do not enter your Education & credentials here.  You will enter that elsewhere.  Click save.
    6.  Click on the page name (e.g. Welcome), then click on the box entitled Flex Page App.  Here you should see the format for entering your educational background.  Write the info for your Bachelor's degree over the example listed.  Enter info for any higher degrees in the same format, one per line.
    7.  Click save.
    8.  Click on the Summary tab, then click on Organize pages.  You will need to drag the newly created page (it has an apple icon) to the top so that it will be your homepage.  Click save. 
    9.   Click View website at the top of the screen.  If you see your new page, then you've done it correctly, and you can delete the old Welcome page (the one without the apple).  If not, then review the previous steps, and email me if you need help.
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  • Getting Started

    Posted by Amro Mosaad on 7/17/2013 11:15:00 AM
    For those of you who were able to attend the one-hour workshop at the end of the school year, you probably already have an idea how to at least log in and start editing your pages.  If you were unable to attend or forgot, no problem.  Directions are below:
    1.  If you can see this page, then you're already on the school page which you reached by going to the URL www.mcmsnj.net and then selecting Edison Academy under Schools.
    2.  To be able to edit your page, you must be logged in.  Click on where it says Sign In at the very top of the page. 
    3.  Your User Name should be your last name followed by first initial, e.g. mosaada.  To find your Password, you must go back to an email sent to you by Diane Vellieux probably in early June.  If you have difficulty finding this, email me at mosaada@mcmsnj.net and I may be able to help.
    4.  If you've logged in correctly, you should see Site Manager at the top of the page.  Click on Site Manager. 
    5.  A new window should have opened.  If a new window did not open, it might be that you have a pop-up blocker on.  The temporary solution is to hold down the Ctrl button when you click login.
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