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  • jarbenne 4:08 pm on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Giving Everyone A Little Jetpack 

    Jetpack is a plugin we’ve been running on a number of different blogs for some time now. It adds some additional functionality usually only reserved for bloggers using the WordPress.com service. Some of you may have it activated on your site already. We’ve developed a way to give everyone access to some of the modules in Jetpack. Staff will be able to extend that functionality by going into Settings/General and toggling on the “Enable WordPress.com Jetpack functionality? ” which will open up the option to sign in with a WordPress.com username and password (separate from your Commons login) and add more modules.

    What this does is allows us to use Jetpack with students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to sign up for a WordPress.com username because of age restrictions, and allows staff to take advantage of the service on their blog if they want to add additional items.

    If you were previously signed in and are now seeing an Development Mode notice in the Jetpack settings, simply go into Settings/General and turn your JetPack back on.

     
  • jarbenne 9:49 pm on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Additional Download Functionality Added to Google Drive Embed Tools 

    Now — in addition to being able to upload content straight from your Google Drive and embed it on your blog — you can offer your users the option of downloading that file so they can store it elsewhere.

    This is is great if you are sharing a template you need your users to further edit or save in their own cloud storage account.

    Thanks as always to our amazing developer Ray Hoh, and to @trooth for the suggestion.

    Of course we love to share, and believe that a great way to teach students how to code in the real world is by modelling, and providing access to real world examples. So if you are interested in seeing the code, or are hosting your own WordPress community, you can find the latest version of this on our Github.

     
  • jarbenne 11:31 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t Flag this Post as Inappropriate 

    Those of you with blogs will notice a new functionality that allows users to flag posts and comments on the site as inappropriate. This has always been an option on the main site, and we are now extending it to all of the sites on the Commons. Only logged in users see the option to flag content. When an item is flagged, the 21CL team is notified, along with anyone who holds the admin role on the blog on which the content exists. We’ve also enhanced these notifications so that they not only send an email, but also result in a message in the top toolbar: this is particularly useful for our members who aren’t checking email regularly, but are logging into the Commons and noting their unread notification alerts.

    Some of you may have noticed these emails populating your inbox. There are two types:

    • One that indicates that something you have posted has been identified by someone else as inappropriate
    • One that indicates that an item on the blog you are the administrator on has been flagged

    Please speak to your students about what constitutes content that should be flagged. As always, if you have questions, comment away.

     
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