Date Updated: 10/29/2002
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- (added Oct 29, 2002)
Many of the schools using SchoolPad.net like to add their
principals and/or administrators as users so that they can
also have their own homepages. Now, you can specify these
administrators to let our staff know to disable their "homework"
page since they do not need that page. Email or fax a list
to our staff to let us know of uers that fit into this group.
Lesson Plan Module - (added
Oct 2, 2002)
Online Lesson Plans are finally here! You have spoken and
we listened. Our long-awaited Online Lesson Plan module has
been installed and is now in the Trial Test phase. The Echols
County School System has graciously offered to test this module
for us. We have completed the initial design and in-house
testing, but "real-world" trials are truly the ultimate
tests of the ease of use of an added feature or module. Based
on the feedback we get from the Echols County administrators
and teachers, we will be rolling out the Online Lesson Plan
module to all schools within the next few weeks. We are excited
about the Online Lesson Plans capability and have attempted
to make them flexible enough to fill the needs of most school
We have received tremendous interest
in this module. This module will allow teachers the ability
to create a Lesson Plan from home and then view it at school
anytime afterwards. The Online Lesson Plans module contains
the following features:
- Secured password-protected access to Lesson Plans (you
must be logged in to create or view). Each teacher ONLY
has access to his/her Lesson Plans.
- Lesson Plans are retained for the complete current school
year (until July 31st each year).
- You may update or create a
Lesson Plan for a full week at a time from any computer
via the internet (even from home when the time is convenient
for you). Lesson Plans are saved, and viewable, for the
entire school year.
- Access the Lesson Plan from
school (or any computer via the Internet) anytime after
it is created.
- Principals can get a quick
view to see any Lesson Plans not created for any specific
- Principals can view Lesson
Plans by week or by day for any specific teacher.
- Principals can also designate a separate School Administrator,
if desired, that also has access to view and print Lesson
Plans via SchoolPad.net.
- The Lesson Plans may be printed
out in a printer friendly format (weekly or daily for any
teacher) by the Principal or designated School Administrator.
The purpose of this module was
to create a much-needed tool for teachers. In continuing our
commitment to find ways to save time and money for schools,
this tool allows teachers a convenience that most do not have
at this time. You will be able to log onto your SchoolPad.net
account from home, school, or anywhere that you can get onto
the Internet, and then create a Lesson Plan for an entire
week. The data can then be accessed from any Internet-enabled
computer anytime afterwards. There will be no need to carry
a disk around with the information on it, or carry a printed
copy with you, or anything that is similarly inconvenient.
By using this module, a teacher will have the freedom to make
the most efficient use of time regarding lesson plans by electing
to create the lesson plan wherever and whenever is most convenient
and then having immediate access to it at school as necessary.
- (added Sept 21, 2002)
It came to our attention that many teachers were bookmarking
the "/webadmin" directory instead of bookmarking
the "Log In" page. This was causing a problem gaining
proper access to a teacher's data. We implemented a check
that now ensures that the user has been assigned a Session
ID (assigned on the Log In page). If a Session ID has not
been assigned, then the user is instructed how to correct
their bookmark and how to properly log in.
- (added Sept 20, 2002)
Teachers can now type in a link to an existing website and
the text will be displayed as a link on the Teacher Pages.
For example, if a teacher types "www.schoolpad.net"
into one of his/her "Articles", then it will be
displayed as www.schoolpad.net
when viewed by the public. Email links work the same way.
- (added Sept 21, 2002)
We corrected a situation that was preventing teachers from
logging in if they were using AOL. Teachers or School Administrators
using AOL can now log on just as anyone else can.
ONLINE LESSON PLANS
We have finally installed our Online Lesson Plans module.
See information near the top of this page for details..
TEACHER PAGE MODULE
Teachers now can upload their own content easily. Each teacher
has his/her own Teacher Home Page, Teacher Homework Page,
and a Contact Page.
- - Teacher Home
Pages: Each Teacher Home Page has "General Articles"
that can be uploaded. Each article consists of text and an
associated image if desired. Each image can be aligned to
the left, center, or right. This means that each teacher can
customize his/her pages to a large degree to create varying
- - Teacher Homework
Pages: Each Teacher Homework Page has "General
Articles" as do the Teacher Home Pages, but also has
"Homework Articles". A homework article has associated
"Start Showing Assignment On... " date. This date
controls when the article will appear on a teacher's homework
page for public viewing. This allows a teacher to post a full
week's worth of assignments on Monday, but set each assignment
to not appear until the day for which it is intended.
- - Teacher Contact Pages: Each Teacher
Contact Page has "General Articles" identical to
the Teacher Home Page, but also will display a contact form
which allows the public to submit a comment or question to
the teacher. The teacher's email address is NOT displayed
on the site, but the form's contents will be received by the
teacher at the email address set up on SchoolPad.net
Online Registration for In-Service
Tentative Installation Date for Module: March 1,
This Online Registration Module will allow schools the ability
to accept registrations for in-service training online. This
will mean that the paperwork associated with registration
for an in-service training class will not be necessary. The
School Administrator will be able to post an upcoming training
session and allot the number of available seats in each class.
Teachers can then sign up for the class until the posted class
is full, at which time it will be "closed out".
We invite your feedback ...
Listed below are ideas that have been presented to us. The
listed ideas are not necessarily being planned, but are being
considered. We welcome your feedback as always on ideas under
consideration and also invite you to submit new ideas.
Likelihood of development and installation:
somewhat unlikely, but possible
This idea has been mentioned to us on several occasions. Email
us if you're interested in this feature. We're not sure if
this is a feature is one that will be implemented, but we
are considering it. Most school systems already have a grade
averaging system in place. While it is possible that we may
implement this feature in the future, it would require a high
level of positive feedback from the schools prior to developing.
Likelihood of development and installation:
This idea is being
seriously considered. Online Forums would allow schools to
post questions, answers, and comments in a public forum environment.
The type of forum that we're considering installing is very
flexible and can also be password protected if necessary.
If installed, a forum may be created for each school OR one
central forum. Email us about this one if you're interested.