Communicating With Teachers
To communicate/ organize teachers, once the teacher groups(s) have been added as groups in your system (CLICK HERE for set-up information) and teacher(s) have been tagged in the group, search for the teacher(s) by clicking (back office): Search/ Find Contacts. Choose your teacher group (class - teacher) that you'd like to find. Click search.
Results will be the teacher for that group (from results you can choose "actions" to complete, such add the teacher to a parent group called "School Teachers", send an email, etc).
Website Blog/ Teacher Areas
To create a teacher area on your front end website, you'll need to complete the following steps:
1. Create Roles
2. Add Permissions
3. Enable Block
Let's get started!
STEP 1. Create Roles: "Education Director" and "Teacher"
First you need to create the (2) new roles that will be used to filter who can see the select areas you will create. In this example, you will create ?
a. Education Director: who has the permission to create, edit, and manage the Teacher Areas content?
b. teacher: who has the permission to view only the Teacher Areas content
To add these roles, go to: Front End Administer/ User Management/ Roles/ Add Role (Complete for both roles)
STEP 2. Add Permissions for "Education Director" and "Teacher" Roles
Next, you will need to let the system know what areas each of these roles can see. To do this, complete the following:
- Go to: Front end Administer/ User Management/ Permissions?
- From here, you will see a large chart of permissions (rows) and roles (columns). Find the following: ?
a. ROWS:: Permissions for "Node Module"?
b. COLUMNS:: Roles for "Education Director" and "teacher"
- Once you've found these row(s) and columns, add the following checkboxes ONLY for Education Director:?
a. Education Director: can create blog content, edit all blog content, delete all blog content
b. teacher: can create blog content, edit own blog content.
4. Click save at the bottom.
STEP 3. Create Menu & Enable Block "Teacher Area"
Next, you will need to enable the "Teacher Area" area that is only visible to education director & teacher roles. To do this:
- Go to: Front End Administer/ Site Building/ Menus/ Click "new menu". Title this "Teacher Areas". Add a menu link item such as a link to page you've already created for the "Teacher Areas area".
- A new adv. block is automatically created. Go to Blocks/ Disabled Blocks: find "Teacher Areas" block and enable by moving block to "left sidebar" or "first sidebar" area. Click save at the bottom of the screen.
- Find the enabled block and on the right-hand side, click the "configure" button to edit the block's visibility settings. Check the following boxes: visible ONLY to roles "Education Director" and "Teacher".
- Click save.
STEP 4. Testing
Importantly, make sure to test & confirm your block is only visible to roles "Education Director" and "Teacher". To do this, create 2 new users. Go to: Front end Administer/ User Management/ Users/ Add User.
a. Create a "dummy" person. For the role, check "Education Director" for first user you create.
b. Then repeat the process by clicking "add user" and checking "teacher" for the second user you create.
c. Finally, logout and log back in as both users using the password you created when adding the 2 new users to view the site as your board director and/or teacher would see the site. Otherwise, use "masquerade" block if you have this enabled and know how to use it in your environment. When logged in as both "Education Director" and "Teacher" you should be able to see Teacher's Area block. When logged in as "Education Director" you should also be able to click on the quick-links "Create Content" and see the content type "blog". education director should be able to edit any board page. teacher should only be able to edit their own blog page(s).
Congratulations! Your set-up is complete.