Ready to create your Page. . . well let’s start. The first thing we are go to do is get used to calling your page- your “Welcome Section” this will make things clearer as we go through this tutorial.
On your dashboard menu (left sidebar) click Pages and then select Edit. You’ll see the screen below:
Click your Page Title (Room ###) to start editing your page (“Welcome Section”).
You’ll notice at top the page title, and underneath the section that you can edit by adding text and pictures. But before we start, you’ll notice how similar this toolbar is to what we were used to using the old Jamieson web page editor. Most of the icons should be familiar. Going from left to right you’ll see:
Bold, Italics, Cross-Out, Bullets, #Bullets, Block Quote, Left-Center-Right Justify, Make link, Break Link, More, Spell Check, Full Screen, and Kitchen Sink (If you don’t know what a button is, just roll your mouse pointer over it.)
Now the fun part starts! Click the Full Screen Button. Now that’s better. You should have plenty o’ space to work your magic, but before we start look at the extra buttons that just showed up:
These are the buttons you’ll use to add pictures (and maybe even video or cool slideshow galleries- but that will come later).
Let’s add a picture. First, go to Google images and let’s find some school clipart - or just click this link. There are two ways to add images we’ll learn the right way and the faster wrong way.
The Right Way to Add Pictures
In the Google Images page click the picture you like and then select “See Full Size Image”. Now right click the image you want and select “Save Picture As…” Then save your picture on your computer (a good place would be in My Documents\My Pictures). Now go back into you “Welcome Section” page and click the button “Add an image”. You’ll now see a pop-up screen:
Click the “Select Files” button and then find the picture you just saved on your computer.
Here you can change the title of the page as well as doing quick image editing- You can put the picture in as full size, medium, large or thumbnail. Just select the “insert into post” and you’ll see it appear on your “Welcome Section” page.
Resizing your pictures is as easy as clicking the picture and looking for the handles that pop up, remember to always resize pictures by dragging the corners in to shrink or out to enlarge. Now that we’ve learned the right way, let’s go ahead and learn the “faster” wrong way.
The Faster Wrong Way
Most of the teachers who put pictures on their webpages would just go on-line and right click, copy a picture you like. Then come back to your page editor and right click paste; that’s it. Now why would I call this the wrong way especially since it takes two seconds to do? Well, as you might remember, if you used this method in the old site sometimes your images would be gone- why would that happen? The reason that the copy+paste method is wrong is because it is dependent on someone else website keeping their pictures in the same place where you found it. Copy+Pasting pictures on your website, really just points to a picture on somebody else’s website. . . As long as they keep their picture there you’re alright, but if they change their site, you’ll just see an ugly missing picture icon.
Working With Text
Now that you’ve put in a picture let’s work with some text. The next button you should click on your toolbar is the “Kitchen Sink” button. Now you’ll see a new toolbar:
Text Format, Underline, Align Full, Text Color, Paste as Text, Paste as Word, Remove Formatting, Insert Custom Character, Less Indent, More Indent, Undo, Redo and Help
Type in your welcome message for parents, or any message you would like to appear on your class page for an extended period of time. Feel free to be creative, if you want different colors- go ahead, larger font- just do it. Have fun and see you in the next section: Learning to Post.