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Overview


How it works


1. Take out the Trial

Use Memos to inform students and Forms to ask questions and receive short answers from them. Use Quizzes, Forums, Essays and Polls to make assignments. Students go to your home page and follow a link to their assignments.

Find out how it works! Sign up for our full-service 30-day trial.

Sign up for
  • An account name - the name of your account, for example, jjones.
  • A password - tip: mix upper and lower case letters and make use of numbers.

Before you sign up please read the Terms of Use .


2. Make a Course with Course Setup

Go to the Teachtools home page at www.teachtools.com and use the Members "Log in" to access the Teachtools Page Manager - your personal home page at Teachtools. You create, update, and delete course pages with Page Manager. To start a new course, click on the link to Course Setup.

Begin with Course Setup
  • Name the course - intro, theory, soc5sp03, etc.
  • Give a default heading for each page - your name, school, course, semester.
  • Choose default background, text and link colors for the site - individual pages can be customized.
  • Choose a default response page - a message students see after they make a submission.
  • Pick Starter Pages- A home page, syllabus, assignments page are automatically created when you create a course. Choose from a range of additional forms such as an inquiry form, absence form, and so on. Starter Pages can be easily customized for your own purposes.

Name the course, specify defaults, pick Starter Pages, and hit "Go do it!" to create your course site. When your browser window redraws and you see the Course Setup with the "Success!" stamp at the top, click on the link to Page Manager.


3. Add Content and Customize your Pages with Page Manager

Page Manager displays a table for each one of your courses. Choosing the default Starter Pages for a new course called "intro" would produce the table displayed below. Each page you create has its own row in this table. Click on the link in the Edit column to edit a page.

Page Manager

Course Folder: intro

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absence

3

form

Nov 15, 2004 (22:15:42)

2298

assignments

11

memo

Nov 15, 2004 (22:25:00)

2652

(Course Setup)
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course
Dec 4, 2004 (03:31:26)
543
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home

6

memo

Nov 15, 2004 (22:52:33)

1388

inquiry

3

form

Nov 15, 2004 (14:52:09)

2083

syllabus

8

memo

Nov 15, 2004 (22:47:00)

1736

Makers
essay - forum- multiplechoice - poll - truefalse - weighted - wordmatch
Delete this whole Course Folder
This Course Folder uses 10700 bytes.
Demo only. Links are indicative and are not live on this page.

Add rubrics to forms, copy and paste your syllabus, add a welcome message to your home page, and your course site will be ready for use. Notify students of your home page address by putting the web address on the printed syllabus or writing it on the blackboard on the first day of class.


4. Making New Pages

Use the Makers in the row at the bottom of the course table to create new pages for your course.

Add new pages to this course:
essay - form - forum - memo - multiplechoice - poll - truefalse - weighted - wordmatch
Delete this whole Course Folder
This Course Folder uses 10700 bytes.


The Teachtools Makers

Starter Pages
  • Memo Maker - to send information to students, via the syllabus, assignments and weekly updates to the home page.
  • Form Maker - to receive information from students, via inquiry, absence, entry, partner, proposal, and other forms.
Assignments
  • Essay Maker - set targets for words and paragraphs and specify words for key word searches.
  • Quiz Maker - choose from 4 types: true/false, multiple choice, weighted, and word-matching quizzes.
  • Forum Maker - create online forms and edit them with Forum Manager. Pick the best postings for a Forum Digest.
  • Poll Maker - for use in ballot or survey mode.


There are so many new things to try, don't feel compelled to try them all at once.


5. Updating Pages

To update, revise, amend, fix spelling mistakes or broken links, or add weekly updates to your home and/or assignment pages, go to Page Manager, find the page you want to change, and click on the link in the Edit column.

Edit a Page

Course Folder: intro

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home

153

memo

Nov 15, 2004 (22:15:42)

2298

 You can access your pages and change them anywhere you can access the Internet.


6. Working with Rosters and Report Cards

Except for Forms, all Teachtools pages require the Roster. Rosters are accessible from the Page Manager. Rosters require firstname and lastname and student number. A Roster is created for you automatically when you create a new course and is created with the student number 9999 so you can test your page before linking it to your course site.

The Roster

Student Number
(sort)

First name
(sort)

Last name
(sort)

1

2

3

 Once the Roster is up-to-date for late additions and no-shows you can keep students apprised of their grades by using the Report Card for the course. The Report Card is also accessed from Page Manager.


7. Editing the Default Settings

To revise the default settings for your course site and create additional Starter Pages, click on the link in the Edit column to edit the Course Setup.

Changing Course Setup

Course Folder: intro

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(Course Setup)
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course
Dec 4, 2004 (03:31:26)
543
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8. Backup by Saving the Makers!

To save a Maker for future use, go to Page Manager, and click on its link in the Edit column. Then go to the File menu of your browser, and choose "save as" html or source. Delete whatever your browser wants to call the saved file, and give it a name.html that you will associate with this Maker.

Save copies of Makers to your hard drive
Do it this way!

Save this page as...

Title your page...

Save As:

Whenever you want to reuse the page again, simply open the saved Maker in your browser, make your changes, and hit "Go do it!"


9. Deleting Pages

Pages can be deleted by going to the Page Manager, checking the boxes at the end of the relevant page rows, and hitting the "Go do it!" button.

Gone!

Course Folder: intro

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Last changed

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quiz1

3

word

Nov 21, 2004 (20:15:42)

11298

Once pages are deleted, they're gone. So make sure you save the Maker if you intend to use a page again.


10. Exploring Teachtools

Three types of assistance are available.

Help


1. The Guide - Accessible from the Page Manager, includes a step-by-step walk through for each Maker.

2. Pop-up Help - Includes brief instructions on how to use each feature.

3. Contact Us - We welcome questions, comments and suggestions.



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