It is expected that all teachers in LPS have a web footprint that parents, students, colleagues and community can access. The degree to which teachers develop this web footprint will vary by role, grade level, content area, and need. All teachers should begin by completing a “Profile.” Most teachers will also create an “LMS Page” within Synergy. Information about both of these tools is found below. If your needs or questions extend beyond that, this page offers more information on a number of options available to LPS staff members.
LPS Profile acts as your personal identifier in LPS. It provides a consistent but customizable page that is linked from the staff directory on your school’s web site. You can provide as much or as little personal – professional information as you’d like. Consider posting your school assignment and roles, contact information, curriculum vitae, and basic biographical information, for example. You can then add a link to Synergy LMS Pages (direct to ParentVUE or StudentVUE). Simply fill in the blanks!
Each Lincoln Public Schools staff member with an email login and password already has an LPS Profile page and can begin editing it immediately. To get started, login here:
Synergy LMS Pages allow teachers to create web pages that contain vital information for their classes. (see examples) It can automatically create individualized information for parents and students with data pulled directly from the Synergy gradebook. It includes an easy to use drag and drop builder with the ability to add grade book reports, text, images, YouTube videos, links and more.
LMS Pages are available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE under “Class Websites”, but are not accessible to the public. Only students (and their parents) enrolled in classes currently being taught can access the class LMS Page.
If you would like to provide information above and beyond what LMS Pages offers, you can create an additional web presence using either Google Sites or WordPress and then add a link to your LMS Page that directs students and parents there! Other tools found on the Internet for web publishing are not acceptable for this purpose.
You can learn much more about Synergy LMS pages by attending a staff development session, or by reviewing these helpful documents.
To get started with LMS Pages, log into Synergy and navigate to Grade Book > LMS Pages.
Profile & LMS Pages are very important places to start. It is possible that you may need more than these tools can offer. If so, investigate the additional tools and ideas listed on this page to provide students, parents, colleagues and peers the materials and resources needed to build a digital community.
If you don’t see anything on this page that meets your needs, please reach out to LPS Computing Services. We may have ideas or resources to share that can meet your needs.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND: There is a constantly growing and changing list of ‘plug-and-play’ tools available on the Internet. You may be able to argue that some are easier to use than others, or look nicer, or create more “engaging” content for students. However, for consistency of school to home communications and protection of LPS content, it is important that information published to a web communication tool be restricted to the tools on this page.
Google Sites is a Web page-creation tool offered in the G Suite for Education productivity suite.
Currently, Google is transitioning between the “Classic” Sites tool and the “New” Sites tool. Due to deficiencies in the administration of the New Google Sites tool, students do not currently have access to New Google Sites.
The primary use case for Google Sites in LPS is for “building Sites,” staff facing building pages used to organize all of the content used by staff members in a school. This is not to be confused with the public facing school web site. Learn more about Google Sites in LPS.
Google Sites can be “Shared” as well as “published.” This is a bit confusing. For clarification and instructions, refer to this Sharing & Publishing chart.
To learn more about Google Sites look for a staff development session, training from your curricular area, or turn to Google’s help documentation.
WordPress is the best of all web content worlds. From basic teacher pages to the advanced needs of blogs, it is flexible enough to meet anyone’s needs. Whether you have content rich sites, need to work with any media type (images, galleries, videos and audio,) need to categorize and tag a vast library of resources, WordPress can do it. WordPress is the most popular content tool in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.
Each Lincoln Public Schools staff member already has a WordPress account and can begin creating pages and posts immediately. To learn more about WordPress, start here. After that, feel free to begin working on your site if you feel comfortable. Otherwise, look for a WordPress staff development course or attend a session in your building.
If you are the code writing, self-supporting, D-I-Y web aficionado sort and all you really need is some web hosting space, you’ve got it! Learn more about iSite, the LPS web server space available to staff.
LPS Staff members have the ability to make resources kept in LPS Google Drive visible to audiences outside of LPS by changing the sharing settings on individual files or entire folders. In some cases, teachers may choose to store their original resources in Drive, and link to them from a Profile page, an LPS Page, or another web resource. Another idea would be to use Google Docs or Drawings to publish a newsletter that is shared with the public, then linked from an email sent with Synergy.
Learn more about setting the visibility of Google Drive items.
If you are sharing video or other multimedia, your LPS MyVRSpot account may be a fantastic resource for storing items. You can then use Synergy LMS pages or WordPress to embed the videos, or use the MediaSpot feature of MyVRSpot to create resources that include videos (including galleries and playlists,) audio files, images, and text fields to add context, and can be shared with a link. Learn more about MyVRSpot here, or attend one of our training workshops.
While you can’t host a web page in DocuShare, you can use it as a storage location for your resources and link to them from whatever tool you choose to use. This has been an option for LPS teachers for almost a decade now, and teachers may have a vast library of resources stored in DocuShare at this point.
Learn more about setting the permissions on files in DocuShare.
Many teachers have turned to social media tools to build their professional learning network. If you are interested in doing the same, here are some things to consider.
Always remember that when identifying yourself online as an LPS employee, you are representing ALL OF US. Make us proud. Also, don’t get yourself into trouble. Remember that social media tools are PUBLIC tools, and the audience may include your students, parents, community members, supervisors, administrators, as well as FUTURE students, parents, administrators… you get the idea.