Importing the iFolio Template

If you are a new student to the CDNIS this academic year (2014), you do not need to follow these instructions.

In order to apply the structure of the default iFolio template to an IFolio, you must first follow the steps below:

  1. Download the iFolio XML template (zip archive)
  2. Unpack the zip archive (double click)
  3. Go to your Dashboard -> Tools – Import
  4. Click on the WordPress import option
  5. Select (choose file) the studentifolio.wordpress.2014-09-01.xml from the uncompressed archive folder
  6. Click the ‘Upload file and import’ button
  7. Assign any posts belonging to ‘admin’ to your ‘student id’ from the dropdown list, and click on Submit

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  8. Go to Appearance -> Menus, and click on the ‘Manage Locations’ tab to enable the new menu structure. The menu is named ‘iFolio Navigation Menu’.

Note: you will need to use the ‘bulk edit’ functionality from Dashboard -> All Posts to re-categorise existing posts, or posts without a category.

Gr.5 MacBook Roll Out 2014

What is a great way to start a new school year?  How about giving all the students a new MacBook?

Thanks to all parents and students who participated in the Gr.5 MacBook Roll Out Session 2014 last night.  Please feel free to review the keynote and see the level of excitement in the students (and parents!) in the photo slide show below.

Managing Mavericks iWorks in a Cloud Environment

Or: How to Make Keynote, Pages, and Numbers get along with Moodle and Google.

The newest versions of iWorks – Pages, Keynote, and Numbers – are almost mirrors of the iOS versions. This is good news if you want consistency between your desktop and iPad/iPhone documents, as you can edit iWorks documents on the cloud. Great news if you want to use your Hong Kong commute time to get work done.

Slick new iOS look on the desktop version.
Slick new iOS look on the desktop version.

However, iWorks and Google and Moodle don’t work well in their current versions. I’ll save the explanation of why for a later post. Apple, Moodle, and Google are going their own ways for the time being and compatibility suffers.

In the meantime, here are three strategies to employ when sharing Mavericks’ versions of Pages, Keynote, or Numbers through Google Drive, Gmail, and Moodle.

1. Compress/Zip the file before you share it through gmail, Drive, or Moodle. Export from Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to ZIP Archive.

File>Export To>ZIP Archive.
File>Export To>ZIP Archive.

Or, find the document in Finder, alt click (right click or control-click) and choose compress.

In Finder, select the file and choose Compress.
In Finder, select the file and choose Compress.

2. Export as the previous, cloud-friendly version.

File>Export To> Keynote '09
File>Export To> Keynote ’09

3. Simply use the previous versions of Pages, Keynote, or Numbers.

In Applications or Spotlight, open the previous version.
In Applications or Spotlight, open the previous version.

After you’ve complete any one of these strategies, share the exported file as you would any attachment or upload to Gmail, Drive, or Moodle.

There is a fourth strategy, and that’s use something else – Google Drive or Microsoft products – but I’m assuming you’re reading this because you like the look and operation of Apple iWorks.

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read):

To share the Mavericks version of Pages, Keynote, or Numbers on the cloud, you have to Compress/Zip the file first, Export as the previous version, or just use the previous version from the start. Then share as normal.

School Week One – Welcome, Bridge, Support and Focus

w1image2School Week One is about welcoming new teachers, helping them bridge across to school requirements, and providing avenues of support to move forward.

We work with a shared Welcoming presentation, a Digital Readiness Checklist and hands-on sessions with Moodle, WordPress and Google

Time to start planning what we will be focusing on this year.
This will include

Digitime in Grades 5 and 6 which will include student WordPress iFolios, Digital Literacy assessing, Skill development through Role of ICT in PYP, programming, social media education and building conceptual depth.

Each year bring new challenges, new opportunities, new demands for adaptability and catering for diversity. Supporting leadership at all levels to break through boundaries to add value.

w1imageWelcome back one and all to what I wish is a great year.

NOTE: Some links are for CDNIS teachers and students only.

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