• BlackBoard / SCHOOLWIRES WEBSITE REFRESHER-

    (Due to updates at Blackboard/Schoolwires, this instruction sheet may not be 100% accurate, but should allow you to complete your basic pages/projects.

    Open the Gar-Pal school website at: www.garpal.net

    On the top right corner – click on “Sign In”

    Use your school account username and password

    Click on User Options and then Site Manager

    Navigate to your page on the website. - Screen will change and you will most likely have a tab for “Manage Pages”

    To create a new page - Click on “New Page”

    To edit an existing page – Click on the name of the existing page.

    NEW PAGES - BASIC DESIGN - For most content, click on “Flex Editor” (this will be a blank page than can be edited similar to editing MS Word)

    Enter a name for the new page – This will show on the menu on the left side of your teacher page and will be viewable by the public.

    Click on “Save and Continue”

    The menu of pages will re-appear, simply click on the name of the page you want to edit and then click on the "Content" widget box.

    Edit and enter text on the page, similar to using MS Word. Use the icons for bold, colors, left align, center, fonts, font size, etc.

    Click on “Save” often.

    When completed, you MUST click the box beside “Activate on my page” if the page is ready for publication. If "Activate on my page" is unchecked, nobody will see the page except you. This is a good way to prepare an inactive page in advance, re-edit it, tweak it, etc. before publishing it to the website.

    Top Left of menu bar – "View Website" – these toggle you from edit mode to view mode. In Chrome this will open a preview of the website in a new window. Closing the window will return you to the list of editable pages on your site. Other browsers may be slightly different, however the concept is the same.

    When completely done, click on “Sign Out” (top right) and then click on the “Red X” and then close your browser.

    NEW PAGES - ADVANCED DESIGN - Similar to Basic Design as described above, however you can use multiple apps on the page for different kinds of displays such as basic content, tables, photo galleries, etc.

    After you have created your basic design page as above, in the Actions section on the right, click on Manage Apps and Layout. Click on Add App and choose the type of app you want on the page, such as "Photo Gallery" or "Table", then click on Create New. Setup and design of these additional apps will vary depending on what kind of content or app you are using on the page. In some cases, you may have more than one widget box showing, depending on your page layout. You can move these to rearrange your layout.

    For each app widget you have on your page, you can edit and enter text on the page, similar to using MSWord. Use the icons for bold, colors, left align, center, fonts, font size, etc.

    Click on “Save” often.

    When completed, you MUST click the box beside “Activate on my page” if the page is ready for publication. If "Activate on my page" is unchecked, nobody will see the page except you. This is a good way to prepare an inactive page in advance, re-edit it, tweak it, etc. before publishing it to the website.

    Top Left of menu bar – "View Website" – these toggle you from edit mode to view mode. In Chrome this will open a preview of the website in a new window. Closing the window will return you to the list of editable pages on your site. Other browsers may be slightly different, however the concept is the same.

    When completely done, click on “Sign Out” (top right) and then click on the “Red X” and then close your browser.

    ADVANCED TOPICS – INSERT LINKS

    To INSERT A LINK TO ANOTHER WEBSITE.
    Type some text to have displayed for the user to click on. Highlight that piece of test, such as “click here”.
    Click on the icon resembling a chain link (5th from left-bottom row) Insert Link.
    Follow the wizard. Click “Web Address” > Next > Type or paste in the website address > Insert Link to hyperlink the new website address to the text you had originally highlighted.

    To INSERT A LINK TO A FILE from your computer or network.
    Type some text to have displayed for the user to click on. Highlight that piece of test, such as “click here”.
    Click on the icon with Tray and Up Arrow (7th from left-bottom row) Insert File Link.
    Follow the wizard. Browse to the current file’s location > Continue > type in Text to Display > Insert File

Last Modified on March 20, 2020