Using Word Documents in SchoolRack
The SchoolRack website can be built up by typing into the text box directly or typing a document in “Word” and copy-and-pasting it into SchoolRack. I have tried it both ways and each has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
For example, if you have a lot of tabs in your “Word” document, the formatting does not always maintain itself in SchoolRack. If you want something to be lined up underneath each other, it is usally better to just type it into SchoolRack.
Your SchoolRack document can always be copied and pasted into a “Word” document. This is what I usually do. I type my original document in SchoolRack, spruce it up with color fonts and color highlights, then copy it into a “Word” document. This way if I teach the same class next year, I can make minor adjustments in “Word” and just paste into SchoolRack. At the end of each semester I copy and paste everything from SchoolRack into a Word document for reference for the following year.
One thing that does take getting used to when typing in SchoolRack is that the return actually double spaces. If you want a single-spaced return you must hold down the “shift” key when you hit “return.”
When I highlight something in SchoolRack that is my way of announcing to the students that there is an upcoming test or quiz. They know that if they see something highlighted that they should pay special attention to this. I’ve even developed a color-coded system for my students. For example, when they see blue highlights they know that a vocabulary quiz is coming up. Green highlights represent a chapter test. The list goes on.
It is also possible to insert graphics, animated and not, in order to add some character to your entries.