SchoolPointe Help

 SchoolPointe Basics (Online Classroom)
*** SCHOOLPOINTE HAS UPDATED AND CHANGED THEIR INTERFACE SO MANY OF THE TUTORIALS THAT I CREATED NO LONGER APPLY.  BUT THEY HAVE ALSO PROVIDED THEIR OWN TUTORIALS TO WHICH I HAVE PROVIDED LINKS BELOW.  THESE LINKS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM YOUR OWN SCHOOLPOINTE ACCOUNT.  LOG IN AND CLICK THE "TRAINING AND SUPPORT" LINK IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER.
 
FOR TEACHERS...
 
 
THE SECTION BELOW IS OUTDATED AND WILL BE REMOVED IN TIME.
 *** This section will be continually under construction.  If you find problems with the instructions, feel free to email me and I will try to correct them.
 
Directly below is list of topics that are explained further down the page.  Click on the topic to see the (sort of) step by step instructions. 

LOGGING IN TO SCHOOLPOINTE

 

  • Scroll to the bottom of the new NLSD homepage.
  • Click on the round CMS icon in the lower right corner.
  • Log in using your email username.
  • Enter your password.
  • Click Login.

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CHANGING YOUR PASSWORD

 

  • Log in to SchoolPointe
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • Click on "Change Password" at the right of the top gray bar.
  • Follow prompts.

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EDITING YOUR DISPLAY NAME

  • Log in to SchoolPointe.
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • Click on the red "Edit" near the upper left where it shows your Display Name.
  • Enter desired display name.
  • Click Save.

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COMPOSING A TEACHER BIO

 

  • Log in to SchoolPointe.
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • An editing field will appear on the main window.
  • Type your desired information in that window.  If you Copy and Paste from a Word document follow the instructions on how to do that correctly.
  • Click Save Page located above and to the right of the window.

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ADDING A TEACHER PHOTO

  • You must first have a digital photo saved to an accessible space.
  • Click on Add Photo.
  • Navigate to the location of the saved image and select the image.
  • Click Save.

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ADDING A CLASSROOM
This may be useful to teachers with multiple subjects or multiple levels of the same subject.  Different files, assignments, and links can be provided to each classroom.

  • Log in to SchoolPointe.
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • On the left side, click on red Add a New Classroom.
  • Enter a name for the classroom and click Save Classroom.
  • The name of that classroom will now appear in the left hand section of your page.
  • Click on the link for that classroom.
  • You can now add resources (pages, assignments, files, links, etc) to that classroom.

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UPLOADING A FILE

You can upload files like in POW-PAK, but I think it needs to be done within a Classroom.  In the Classroom's "Class Files / Links" section...

 

  • Click Add File / Download.
  • If you have created a folder in which you wish to store the file, select it.
  • Provide a title for the file.
  • Browse to the location of the file.
  • Select it.  Click OK.
  • Click Save File.


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ADDING A PAGE

  • Log in to SchoolPointe.
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • On the left side, click on red Add a New Page.
  • Provide a name for the Page.
  • Click Save Page.

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CREATING A LINK TO AN OUTSIDE WEBPAGE

  • Log in to SchoolPointe.
  • Click on OnLine Classroom.
  • Navigate to the text editing window in which you want to add a link.
  • Select the text you want to make into a link.
  • Click the "Insert/Edit Link" icon in the toolbar above the editing window.
  • Enter (or copy and paste) the URL (web address) of the target web page.
  • Click OK.

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COPYING AND PASTING FROM MICROSOFT WORD INTO SCHOOLPOINTE

When copying and pasting from Word, sometimes the format gets... jumbled.

 

  • Select the text in the Word document and push Ctrl+C.
  • Click in the SchoolPointe text editor where you want the text to appear.
  • Click the Paste icon that has the blue "W".
  • Click into the window that appears.
  • Push Ctrl+V.  If the text appears odd, continue to the next step.
  • Select the text you just pasted in the window.
  • Click the icon on the toolbar that looks like an eraser.  The text shoyuld appear more "normal" now.

The copied selection should appear in the new text editor window.  It may still need some tweeking.

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SPELL CHECK AND MORE BUTTONS
"Is there a Spell Check for when I create a page?
      There is a spell check.  The button is hidden due to lack of toolbar space.

 

  • To see the button you will need to click a different button on the toolbar.  The icon looks like a monitor and when you hover over the button the flag reads, "Maximize the Editor Size".  
  • When you click that button, the editor screen will enlarge and all buttons, including spell check will be available.

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MAKING HYPERLINKS VISIBLE OR HIDDEN
Certain links may be needed only during a specific period of time, but you don't want to delete them, you just want them hidden.

A POSSIBLE SOLUTION
Within a Classroom's "Class Files / Links" section...

  • Click Add Folder.
  • Name the folder "Hidden Links"
  • Check the box to hide the folder.
  • Click Save Folder.

Adding a Link

  •  In the same are in which you added a folder, click Add Link.
  • You will need to provide a name for the link and its URL (web address).
  • Use the drop down box at the top to select the folder to place the link.  If you place it in the "Hidden Links" folder, it will not be visible.  If you do not place it in any folder, or if you place it in a folder that is not checked to be hidden, it will be visible.

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DELETING FILES FROM THE SCHOOLPOINTE SERVER

From your SchoolPoint home page…(not your Online Classroom editting screen)

 

  • Click on “File Manager” under “My Options” on the right side of your screen.
  • Click to place a check in the boxes for the files you wish to delete.
  • Click “Delete”.  It is located in the top blue section.

 


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ADDING BUILDING NEWS (Not for Teachers)

 

 

 

  • Login to SchoolPoint.
  • Click on Building Management.
  • Select your School.
  • Click on Building News on the right of the screen under Section Options.
  • Click Add New Article.
  • Select Start Date and End Date.  (Consider making the end date, the last day of the school year so the article will be available throughout the year.)
  • Type a Title for the article.
  • The next editing field is for a “Teaser” that will appear on the homepage.  Provide one if you desire.
  • The next field can be used to embed a video.  Let’s hold off on that for now.
  • The next editing field is where you will type or add the body of the article.
  • Below that field is a field into which you can upload a digital photo.  Some editing of the photo may be necessary before it is loaded.
  • After you have taken care of the following steps, check the box for your building.
  • Click Save.
  • Check your work.  Revise if necessary. 

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ADDING A SCHOOL HOMEPAGE LINK

 

 

 

  • Login to SchoolPoint.
  • Click on Building Management.
  • Select your School.
  • Click on "Navigation" on the right Options.
  • Click on "Left Navigation".
  • Click the "Add" button below the Navigation Menu Layout box.
  • Provide a "Link title".
  • If the link goes to a web address outside of SchoolPointe, copy and paste the URL into the field provided.
  • If the link goes to a page within SchoolPointe, provide the page information in the appropriate box.
  • Click Save.


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RE-SIZING A PHOTO

 

 

  • Login to SchoolPoint CMS.
  • Go to where the photo is stored.
  • Right-click on the photo.  Select Image Properties.
  • Enter a pixel value (try 800) into the Width field.  The height field should change automatically.
  • Click Okay.
  • Save the page.
  • Using a browser, go to the page and see if its appearance is acceptable.  If not, go back and make appropriate adjustments to the pixel size.


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ADDING A HIT COUNTER TO A WEB PAGE

  • Select and copy the following text...

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  • Login to SchoolPoint CMS.
  • Go to the page onto which you want a hit counter to appear.
  • In the tool bar area for the text box, click the button labelled "Source".
  • Be careful not to accidently edit any of the existing code on the page.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the text box.
  • Click so your insertion point appears as the last thing in the text box.
  • Paste the text from above and save.
  • A hit counter should now appear on that web page.

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ADDING A TWITTER FEED TO YOUR WEB PAGE

  • On a computer, log in to your Twitter account.
  • Click on the Settings icon (the gear).
  • Click on "Settings".
  • In the left pane, click on "Widgets".
  • Toward the upper right corner, click on "Create New".
  • On the configuration screen, be sure to check the box in front of "Exclude Replies".  If you skip this step, inappropriate replies may appear on your web page.
  • Click "Save Changes".
  • There is a box of "code" in the main pane.  Select and copy that code.

 

  • Login to SchoolPoint CMS.
  • Go to the page onto which you want the Twitter feed to appear.
  • In the tool bar area for the text box, click the button labelled "Source".
  • Be careful not to accidently edit any of the existing code on the page.
  • Place your insertion point (cursor) where you want the Twitter feed to appear.
  • Paste the code from above and save.
  • A Twitter feed should now appear on that web page.  You may need to adjust the size using the height field in your Twitter Widget configuration page. 

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