Tablepress

Tablepress, better than a bench press and more tasteful to the eye

As if 4 days at Standardisation isn’t enough, I sadly decided to spend the evening finally learning how to put neat tables into a website. The ultimate guru for this is Mr  Mackenzie who holds the “National Collection for SQA Papers“. I’d got as far as downloading Tablepress but hadn’t done anything more than that.

Several posts currently have tables and they look shocking. I am quite embarrassed by them, so sort to do something about them. I’ve got something in my continual professional development about making things look better but as I am unlikely to get out for a course I thought I’d self taught. Over the last three months I thought I’d be able to bend the ear of Mr Mackenzie, but although we are at Standardisation together, with the rest of the team, there isn’t much time for a tutorial. So off I went to the next best place, the internet. Now I looked at several ideas but the following link gave me a start Web Monkey gave me a start, but I must admit I got bored of waiting after the super heroes got to the fourth line.

So I decided to have a play with the SQA SG Past Papers and Marking Instructions. J Boyle, had kindly offered these files to me, and I hope that she doesn’t mind me uploading them. Although these are excellent as a resource for National 4 and 5, if a student manages to complete them all they deserve to do well in their National 5 exam.

It was over 2 hours of work. I uploaded an excel table to get the basics in and then had a play about. I am not sure if I’ve learnt the correct way to add a link but adding insert image appears to open the media library and I can upload the files. I’ve found it is easier to add all the files into one box rather than cut and paste them individually from the library. I even got to move the boxes, although again I think I might have taken a circuitous route to do this: I added a column, duplicated a column and then deleted the column that was empty and the original one, then I found the drag and drop function. I hope I can learn how to custom the column widths.

Hopefully over the next few months I can change all the tables and make them look quite presentable. I hope they look good on a mobile phone too. Now I am going back to my hotel room and am going to sleep- can you believe the 8 a.m. early start and late nights we will be doing.

Thanks to everyone who helped!

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About Me just took off

Oh every time I think I’ve cracked this wesbite stuff things go wrong again. Kids, learn from this. Find out how something works before you try to use it!

I’d got my About Me page, all set up and I was quite pleased and thought that I could leave it indefinitely. It looked ok, I’d put links in from each section and Callum had made a front book that was a direct link to the post.

The other day I posted  a new post on “usefullinks” and it appears this has removed my page on About Me. Now I still haven’t got my head around the difference between a page and a post. I can do a static front page and it fills up the whole page and doesn’t do columns so looks nicer, but why does any page, other than the front page vanish into the ether?

I am sure I will read up on it, at which point I will have to go through every section again and change the link! Oh dear, this really is taking up a lot of my time and no one but me is reading it anyway.

Time for bed, should have had my SAD light today and more tea. I’d feel so much better.

Oh boy, now I am really really confused. It appears I didn’t need to change the custom link in each section as it found it automatically. Explain that one! Why is it a link can detect the About Me, even when it has changed from a page to a category? Oh well it is working now so I am going to go to bad and hope it still works in the evening.

Still waiting for someone to offer to tutor me on Building a Website, I’ll teach them AH Physics in return!

Where have all the comments gone?

OK this has taken hours and I am no nearer a solution! Can anyone help? Just as I begin to think I’ve got the hang of this website stuff something else goes wrong and I don’t understand the forums to get the help I need. Actually I can’t log in to the forums. Well, that isn’t totally true. I logged in today, but when I tried tonight it didn’t recognise my email address, any of them, despite being registered. I just wish I could get an afternoon tutorial from someone who can really show me what to do. I am not a book person when it comes to trying this sort of thing. A set of written instruction doesn’t usually help as it doesn’t appear to be written in a language my brain can make sense of. However, if I do it correctly I ought to just need to write it down and then I will be able to go back and do it correctly again..

In the blog section the “Leave a comment” is by the side of each post. In the National 5 section this is at the bottom, in the BGE where it is needed, I can’t find it anywhere. Looks like I might have broken the site!
Oh heck!

Hope someone can find a leave a comment to this post and can tell me what I am doing wrong. The discussions are set correctly, I know that, so it is somewhere else.

Update:

For two days I got myself into quite a state as I wondered why the comment box disappeared. It was there one morning, I have the comments to prove it, but by the evening I had totally misplaced it.

Today Sir Lancelot solved my problem, and I feel such a numpty. I had been looking at the end of the post, but I lacked the all important patience. I had so many alterations to the BGE front page that I didn’t scroll down to the bottom. It took the calm, organised personality of Sir Lancelot to look for 5 mins to realise I hadn’t scrolled down enough. Sure enough, there, at the bottom of the 45 changes to the post, was a small unticked box stating,

  • Allow comments”

Clicking and ticking the box brought it all back and my worries dissolved, apart from realising what a huge number of hours I’d spent trying to sort this out myself.

Moral:

Students, spend so long on a problem and then at a certain point just go and ask someone who knows. It is good to try to work it out for yourself but there comes a time when you have to decide that you have spent enough time trying to sort it out for yourself that it is best to seek help. By seeking help at the right time you can achieve so much more and everyone is better off for it. In my case I could have got the washing, ironing, floor mopped and button sewed on to my skirt!

I dedicate this post to Sir Lancelot of Lockerbie Academy, my knight in shining armour. He knows who he is, as does his wife!

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Adding an About Me Page

The very kind Steven Simpson from the Royal Society gave me some advice about the site- thank you. It will never be up to his standard but I did get a few bits of advice.
I have added an ABOUT ME page as a custom link for each section and a BACK TO HOME page. Both are custom links from pages on the site. As I don’t have access to the front page I can’t place a link where it really needs to go. Well I’ll work on it.

What I really need to find out is how to wrap the header and menus as they are looking quite untidy in some of the pages. Any advice warmly welcome. At least repeating for 9 pages gives you plenty of practise at remembering how to create things.

Must go, Christmas starts here!

First bit of genuine code

My day started badly but it’s just got better…. oh maybe not.

I’m proud of myself for entering my first bit of true code (apart from the BBC basic I learned in sixth year at school). I needed to make the charge carriers a superscript for a power. What is weird is that when I typed in <sup>, which I assumed would be the code for superscript in the 1018  the superscript came out as a subscript. Using my problem solving skills I entered sub for superscript and bingo. Now all powers will neatly be displayed in their true format!

Someone in the school tried not to laugh at such an insignificant step, but hey- this is what students are experiencing all the time. I’m proud of this tiny step and it will encourage me to try harder to do more complicated stuff. For those that think this is a truly insignificant event, it’s the way all progress is made.

Addendum: Just looked at the post and guess what? On this computer at home my superscript has become a subscript. At least I now know how to change it! I think I’m going to put a simple coding book on my Christmas present list.

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Web on the go.

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Locked up on the Scottish canals. Mostly Harmless is very Harmless as we can’t go anywhere until we get some important repairs done. That’s three new batteries and the shower to fix. I’m quite content though as I get to catch up with my Higher, Nat 5 and BGE notes. The boat is only six feet ten inches across and fifty-six feet long, so even I can keep it tidy. Anyway over the last week I’ve managed to work the website through my phone as I’ve no internet connection from my computer. The first time I tried using my phone I managed to delete most of my post, so was grateful that it stores all my previous versions. Over this week I’ve managed to create new categories, upload finished notes and make and adapt posts, all on my phone. I think I’m getting the basics, but I wish I’d got the hang of my new glasses as I really can’t see very much. Good night, time for Mostly Harmless to be closed up for the night.

Haven’t seen the swans and seven cygnets tonight. It’s obviously the lettuce, which might be good for them but they certainly won’t eat it.

Here they are, very fickle, left within one minute of the food being gone. Lots of hissing, but didn’t sound threatening. Not that I risked it!

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Is anyone there?

Good evening,

As the snores start above I suddenly wondered if anyone had read any of this website and blog! I believe there is a way of counting visitors but I haven’t found it yet. Someone let me know that you’re out there.  Hope you’re relaxed and chilled. I am still trying to put the Heat topic resources together and then start on Higher and N5- oh to go boating!

Did my first bit of code today to get my gravitar to show at the bottom of a post, hopefully like this one! Building a website can give you loads of satisfaction as well as frustration.

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I’m stuck!

No still can’t see what I’ve done wrong! I’ve linked the posts to the categories but I don’t seem to have clicked something so that my categories are visible! What a problem solving exercise. If I can get it to work you ought to be able to click on one of the categories above and that should take you to a classified set of posts, unfortunately as of 15/07/16, I haven’t worked out how to do that. I am currently trying, unsuccessfully the copy rule (it’s working for the BGE section, so what is different!) I wish I had time to start at the beginning with wordpress and follow through a simple learning. Not my style though, which I know I will regret. I’m struggling…..

about two hours later…..

Ha! I’ve done it! That is very satisfying. Once I had a static home page, it all came good!

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How am I doing?

15th July 2016- a special day for Mrs Physics.

I am getting to grips with some of this website stuff and I am thoroughly enjoying putting all the resources together. Today I’ve been trying to put together something for the Road Safety Section. Much of our material is spread over the internet in various places and I would like to collate it all on here. However, I couldn’t understand where some of my posts had gone, but by comparing it to another section of the site I decided I’d got pages up on my menu instead of categories. Hopefully this has been resolved and things are more accessible. I know there is a lot of repeated material. You’ll have to bear with me on that as I get everything together and then present it in a more accessible format.

I hope you are enjoying what I am putting together and can make use of the resources.

Enjoy your summer!

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Blast! That didn’t work. I’ve got the menus, I’ve got the headings, I’ve got the blogs liked to each category- but… they’re not there! I’ll try again.

Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds. Marta

Time consuming

As I’d sent my postal vote away already I had time on my hands! Well I had another go at the website when ex-pupil came and inspired me again. I am so desperate to get things up on the site, but I am currently struggling with the demands of the day job. Physics teachers, especially those in Scotland are the most generous people I know but there is still quite a lot required of a single Physics teacher in Science Faculty when other teachers are going to have to teach your subject. Please be patient, and hopefully over the long summer, when the rain starts and the house is tidy I can really make this site interesting. For now just watch the paint dry.

Love this joke on sputnik.

Why are protons always positive?

Because they are more up than down.”

It’s great to have an in joke. If you don’t get it watch the video below!

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