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Configure Users Home Areas

KnowledgeNET enables you to configure the pages and tools that appear in a Teacher, Student and Administrators home area.  Users can always add more pages to their home area once they get started. Make sure you have designed your student, teacher and administrator homepage templates before commencing this next task. 

 

Configure Student Pages

Every student in KnowledgeNET gets their own space. In this section we will learn how to configure their home area so that when a new student is added to the system they will get default pages and templates automatically.

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To configure a students' home area:

  1. 1. Go to Tools > Administration > User Options > New User Configuration > New Student
     
    2. Use the check box to turn on/off pages and type in the box to rename pages. 
    Welcome - A personal homepage for students. This is the first page they see when they login. They can edit and modify this page.
    Content - Copy and paste the html source code from your student homepage template in this space.
    Home - The name of their personal area. Could rename e.g. My Space
    Personal Calendar - Turn this on to enable students to have a personal calendar
    Noticeboard - Turn this off (this option will be disabled in future releases)
    Forum - Turn this off otherwise rename as My Goals and students can update their learning goals here.
    My Visitor Area - A page that by default can be viewed by other school members. Could be renamed e.g. My Show & Tell.
    Include My Calendars and My Noticeboards - An easy way for students to see at a glance all the events and notices from the different calendars and noticeboards they belong to. For example, a student could see all events from their class calendar, school calendar and the chess club calendar merge onto "My Calendars"
    My Projects - An editable text page for students to store their learning artifacts.
    My eReflections - Enable students to write their own self reports on how they think they are progress in the different learning areas. 
    My Learning Stories - Get students reflecting on key learning experiences and relate them to the key competencies. 
    Web Diary - A personal blogging tool.  
    Go to Tools > Administration > User Options > New User Configuration > New Student

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  2. Use the check box to turn on/off pages and type in the box to rename pages.
  • Welcome - A personal homepage for students. This is the first page they see when they login. They can edit and modify this page.
  • My Visitor Area - A page that by default can be viewed by other school members. Could be renamed e.g. My Show & Tell
  • Content - Copy and paste the html source code from your student homepage template in this space. 
  • Forum - Turn this off otherwise rename as My Goals and students can update their learning goals here.
  • Web Diary - A personal blogging tool for students to reflect on learning.  Tick to enable peers to comment on class mates diary.
  • Calendars - Turn this on to enable students to view a merged list of events from all the different calendars they belong to e.g. class calendar, school calendar etc
  • Noticeboards - Turn this on to enable students to view a merged list of notices from all the different noticeboards they belong to e.g. class noticeboard, school noticeboard etc
  • Gallery - Turn this on to give students their own photo gallery.
  • Filing Cabinet - Turn this on to give students a place to store all their files

Click Save to update changes.

 

 

Configure Teacher Pages

Every teacher in KnowledgeNET gets their own space. In this section we will learn how to configure their home area so that when a new teacher is added to the system they will get default pages and templates automatically.

 

To configure a teachers' home area:

  1. 1. Go to Tools > Administration > User Options > New User Configuration > New Student
     
    2. Use the check box to turn on/off pages and type in the box to rename pages. 
    Welcome - A personal homepage for students. This is the first page they see when they login. They can edit and modify this page.
    Content - Copy and paste the html source code from your student homepage template in this space.
    Home - The name of their personal area. Could rename e.g. My Space
    Personal Calendar - Turn this on to enable students to have a personal calendar
    Noticeboard - Turn this off (this option will be disabled in future releases)
    Forum - Turn this off otherwise rename as My Goals and students can update their learning goals here.
    My Visitor Area - A page that by default can be viewed by other school members. Could be renamed e.g. My Show & Tell.
    Include My Calendars and My Noticeboards - An easy way for students to see at a glance all the events and notices from the different calendars and noticeboards they belong to. For example, a student could see all events from their class calendar, school calendar and the chess club calendar merge onto "My Calendars"
    My Projects - An editable text page for students to store their learning artifacts.
    My eReflections - Enable students to write their own self reports on how they think they are progress in the different learning areas. 
    My Learning Stories - Get students reflecting on key learning experiences and relate them to the key competencies. 
    Web Diary - A personal blogging tool.  
    Go to Tools > Administration > User Options > New User Configuration > New Teacher

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  2. Use the check box to turn on/off pages and type in the box to rename pages.
  • Welcome - A personal homepage for teachers. This is the first page they see when they login. They can edit and modify this page.
  • My Visitor Area - A page that by default can be viewed by other school members. Could be renamed e.g. My Showcase
  • Content - Copy and paste the html source code from your teacher homepage template in this space. 
  • Portfolio Pages (will be replaced in a future version of KnowledgeNET with a Learning Journal type tool for teachersAdd your own page titles and templates to the teachers portfolio area. Simply copy and paste template source code into the content area. Some example portfolio pages could include:
    • My Teaching Philosophy
    • My Professional Learning Activity (A record of courses etc)
    • My Achievements - A record of awards etc that the teacher has achieved
    • My Reading Log - A record of professional readings
  • Other Special Pages
    • Forum - Turn this off otherwise rename as My PL Goals and teachers can update their professional learning goals here.
  • Special Areas
    • Calendars - Turn this on to enable teachers to view a merged list of events from all the different calendars they belong to e.g. class calendar, school calendar, staff calendar etc
    • Noticeboards - Turn this on to enable teachers to view a merged list of notices from all the different noticeboards they belong to e.g. class noticeboard, school noticeboard, staff noticeboard etc
    • Gallery - Turn this on to give teachers their own photo gallery.
    • Filing Cabinet - Turn this on to give teachers a private place to store all their files

Click Save to update changes.

 

If you wish to reset these settings for existing users:

  1. Go to Tools > Admin > Misc Admin > Roll  Out of Home Pages and follow the on-screen instructions.  

Please note this will only affect page titles and items that appear in a user's navigator it will not overwrite content they have in a text page. This facility cannot be used to update existing users home page templates!

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