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Adding Links in WordPress
Saturday, November 03rd, 2012 | Author:

This term we have really been going for it with our blogs and one comment that kept coming up was that it was hard to find the “log-in” link on the site. We have our school blog (www.stjohnsblogs.co.uk) and we also have a number of class blogs too. Each teacher has a login for their class blog and the children have various logins too. We have a number of widgets and menus such as visitor maps or links to our class blogs etc, so the ‘boring’ log-in link got shunted down further and further down the page. One way would be to put it right at the top of the widgets, but that tends to be where the tags or search bit goes. These are the widgets used by visitors, rather than staff and children.

So I had a thought and decided to put the link on the navigation bar along the top where the Pages go. This could be a page called “log-in” and on that page there would be the link. But that requires two clicks. A quick Google search found a plugin called “Page Links to” and like all good plugins, it was simple. Install it and you’re away.

Create a page called “Log-in”. Don’t bother adding text, scroll to the bottom and there is an option for an external link – the log-in page is always www.whateveryourblogiscalled.co.uk/wp-admin. Add this link and Publish. That’s it. We have 15 blogs so it took ten minutes to do this on every one, but now we have a simple, easy-to-find log-in link on every blog.

For more plugins that we use in our school, visit: http://stjohnsblogs.co.uk/which-plugins/

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Primary to Secondary
Monday, February 28th, 2011 | Author:

Just a quick post today, on Thursday I am planning on meeting with some ICT guys from our local secondary school. This came about because a friend of mine mentioned on Twitter he’d been to see a guy at a local school and it turned out to be mine. Now don’t get me wrong, I was planning on contacting them at some point anyway, but this sped it up a bit.

So what do I want to talk to them about?

What is the point of meeing with them?

Will meeting them actually make any difference?

What should we even be talking about? Moderating ICT levels? Sharing ideas? Collaboration? Accessing their VLE? Sharing their equipment? What would you be asking them? Or if you are from a secondary school, what would you want to be telling me as a primary school?

One definite thing I am going to ask for their support with is a local gifted and talented day for Year 6 children. We will do one with Y2 as well, but I don’t think they’ll want to get involved with that one.Another is that we will probably get some access to their Moodle and the children in Year 6 will be able to have a bit of a play beforehand. This is fine, but we have mixed year5-6 so it might make it tricky. But we shall see.

Any tips and ideas would be welcome as I haven’t had a secondary school interested in sharing before, but the potential is enormous. I think.