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After having created this Forum last december, we shifted our focus to some small fixes and little handy features.
First, we stopped the frequent and annoying timeouts by creating a 'Remember me' function. It makes my life a little bit easier, I hope you're experiencinh the same relief as me.
Second, today we started publishing the upload dates on the worksheet pages. It's sort of a basic info that I think is nice to show.
Third, Bence was kind enough to a thin lining or frame around the worksheet previews. We thought it would make it easier for your eyes to scan through the previews. Let us know what you think about it. We're interested to hear your views.
3 years ago#3
A little more explanation about the Top Rated Authors. I want to point out that this is a very preliminary list, since most of the worksheets haven't been rated yet. So the list will get more reliable once we start getting more and more ratings, so over time it's gonna be a more and more accurate reflection of one's appreciation among the membership.
I'm soon planning to post the actual mathematical formula that we use, in case some of you are interested.
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We've rolled out some more search options. If you click on 'advanced search' in the menu bar, you can run searches based on the four skills, material type and worksheets with solutions, or do a combined search. Click on 'advanced search' again to make it disappear.
Also, we made a little tweak to make the old comments notification button on the top disappear for uploaders.
3 years ago#13
I'm happy to say that we've just gone 1000 ESL worksheets hosted no iSLCollective.com! :) Thanks to Ilona for the 1000th teaching material!
Having launched in September 2009, it took us a little more than 6 months to get here by virtue of your generous contributions.
We keep rolling out new functions as our time allows, we have tons of ideas about how to further improve this service. What I'm happy to announce is that the next big thing is going to be the soon-to-launch German version of iSLCollective. Can't wait to see it.
So thanks, everyone!
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Hi Everyone, I'm looking for a high school teaching position, and I thought I would include the link to my worksheets with my application. Then I realized that the MyPage/Upload page can't be accessed without a registration, which I wouldn't expect from an employer. So I got Bence to lift this restriction.
I figure you might get in a similar situation if you're an author, so I just want to let you know that you can now more easily share your portfolio with others.
We kept the registration requirement for the actual downloads of worksheets. Hope you'll like this new feature, too.
3 years ago#18
Hey guys. I checked and EslPrintables is now back.
Another piece of good news is that we've been finishing some new developments that has been going behind the curtains for months. Here's one thing we did:
If you upload a file, it will be even more clearly stated which Creative Commons license you applied to the worksheet and who the licenser (owner) is. You can find it under the worksheet preview on the worksheet's page, e.g.:
"This file is licensed by ag23 under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License license."
For the sake of convenience, we also provided a link to the description of the license on the Creative Commons website.
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I've been promising a platform for German (DAF) language teachers. Now here it comes.
If you click on the German flag on the top, you'll get to a different database, including only German worksheets and the members of the German site.
If you're not a member there, you just need to click an OK button that pops up when you try to download on the German site.
There's only a couple worksheets as of now, but I hope we can soon fill it up together soon.
Enjoy it, and pls spread the news among daf teacher colleagues of yours.
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Hi There! We finally managed to differentiate the URL of the German and the English subsites. Now the English section is available at http://en.islcollective.com and the German is http://de.islcollective.com
I think it makes it more unambiguous and clear where you are browsing at any given moment.
3 years ago#29
We're in the process of changing our top rated listing algorithm, and the diplay. Now we can see the full top list of top rated authors listing if you click on View All on the Members page.
I'm just writing just so you know that the top list will be unreliable while we're coding the new system.
3 years ago#30
NEW FORMAT: .PPT+.PPTX
We've made another step forward today. From now on, you can also upload your powerpoint presentations. Both .ppt and .pptx are supported. The preview is gonna be an 'standing' extract of first page. We chose the standing preview to have a universal preview for both landscape and standing layouts.
I hope you'll like this new feature.
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You might have noticed we had a glitch for two days, during which the site was unavailable. We managed to fix the problem now, and we're back online. We're also moving to another web host in hopefully a week's time to give you faster loading times, which we are very much looking forward to.
3 years ago#35
I'm happy to announce that we've moved islcollective to a new server today.
Now the site loads a couple of times faster in Hungary than it used to. I hope you will find the same thing in your country, too and have a better using experience.
We'd appreciate some feedback from our regular users whether loading times indeed got shorter.
3 years ago#36
Just to give some feedback on your recent post about loading times. As I regular user I was getting tired of the loading time. I often didn't take the necessary time and left before I was logged in. It was a nice experience today to find out that something had been done to shorten the time. For it it worked very well.
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We just noticed that the category search is broken down. Clicking the 'next page' button or the 'page numbers' on our search results pages does not work. We're gonna fix that ASAP. Visit us a bit later if you couldn't use the category search today, hopefully it will be in working order by the next time you visit here.
Clicking the next page still works on the Most Recent, Most Downloaded, Top Rated and Being Viewed pages, though.
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reply to Kisdobos's post #40Hi,
Many thanks for all the great work, time and effort you're giving to this site to help us.
And congratulations - in advance - on the third branch of ISLCollective.. (^^,)..
I dream of you announcing your Arabic platform (o^^o)..
DT - Fatma
2 years ago#43
For the first time, I've put down some basic info about iSLCollective in the [url href=http://en.islcollective.com/faq]FAQ[/url].
I want to highlight one thing in particular, that I can't stress often enough:
"It's nice to say 'Thank you!' when you download something. There are real people behind each worksheet who had worked hours to give you what you needed for tomorrow's class. I know you might be in a rush but clicking the "Thank you" button right under the download button takes only a sec. So, please, it means a lot to us to see we are appreciated, and not just being used."
2 years ago#44
reply to Kisdobos's post #43I totally agree with you Mr. Peter. And I admit that sometimes I do forget to thank the contributors for their great worksheets I download.
Well, starting from now, I shall thank before downloading the worksheet.
So many thanks to all those who shared their work and I forget to thank them.
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Hi everyone! I've just discovered this wonderful site. It has really enriched my lesson plans by interesting worksheets.
I just want to know if you have any ideas for using drama in the classroom. In fact I wonder if there are any sites with short plays related to real life situations which our efl students live everyday.
2 years ago#49
iSLCollective seeks 1 Russian and 1 French admin
We ´re soon launching iSLCollective.com in Russian and French, and we need one more admin on each site who would help out in moderating the site, doing some small translations, and being our partner in building an international Russian teachers ´ teaching material sharing community. It ´s a very relaxed task, requiring max. 5-10 minutes a weekday (there ´s two admins for each language, so the work is shared). Is anybody interested?
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We've done away with the 5 star rating system of worksheets, because it was used by virtually no one, so it made very little sense to keep it. Instead, we've ed a "Like" button. From now on, you no longer have to ponder on how many stars you should give, but, instead, just click "Like" to show appreciation and to vote on that worksheet.
Let me note that it is not the Facebook like button, so it's not connected to Facebook in any ways. It is our very own like button.
We keep track of the number of likes each worksheet and author receives and it'll be the basis of one of our worksheet toplists, plus the new top lists in the Members section. The Members page is still being redesigned. I'll let you know when the final version is finished.
I hope you'll like these new features. It'd be nice to get some feedback on how you like them.
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we have very few incidents with our users uploading worksheets made by others, since the site is all free and we give no incentive for anyone to upload others' stuff. Today, however, was a day when I had to issue a first warning to someone for copyright infringement. Our site rules say that on the second warning for infringement, the infringing member's account will be removed. To every member: pls observe our upload rules. Read it again on the Upload page.
Have a nice day,
2 years ago#54
Dear Russian Teachers!
Today we have launched the Russian platform for teachers of Russian as a second and foreign language. The site is available at http://ru.islcollective.com. It is completely empty and is waiting for you to start filling it with teaching materials.
Thank you to all our helpers for the site translation! We tried to make sure there are no translation errors left, but if you find any remaining errors, and you are willing to help correct them, please let me know and I will give you an admin pass. Then you'll be able to log in to our admin platform and do the corrections on your own.
The site also needs a little help with responding to forum posts, since we don't speak Russian. Until we can find one, I will respond to the Russian posts myself using an online translator, so you'd better hurry up signing up to be a site assistant or else you'll have to make do with robot translations on the Forum. :)
Enjoy sharing your teaching resources!
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reply to TATI's post #63Thanks to everyone who offered to help. I've sent you an email invite to join the team.
In the email you got from me, you see a link to our Google Docs, which is the platform we chose for collaboration:
> Click to open:
> Language files for translation
It will take you to the language files I've shared with you. I've posted a screenshot below for you to see what the interface should look like.
Click on any of the files that I shared. Then you will see which language items still need to be translated. You can open the file and work on it online.
After you're done, save the file.
Let me know if I should explain it clearer. I'm glad to give more instructions.
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Like I had said before, we are full of ideas about cool new functions to develop for iSLCollective. In fact, we have way more ideas than we have capacity to actually create. So we decided to ask you guys what you would like to get first.
We embedded an online poll on the right to listen to your ideas about which new features you would like to see on the Internet Second Language Collective. We'll continue the development with the features most of you guys will suggest.
You can vote on multiple items if you want. I tried to phrase the items on the list as clearly and concisely as possible, but of anything's not clear. post a question on the forum and I'll clarify it more.
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reply to Kisdobos's post #70This isn't really a reply to this post of yours but for some reason I'm not seeing where else I can write you just now. My question/suggestion tonight is concerning mistakes on worksheets, both mine and other people's. How can you discreetly let someone know they have mistakes on their ws? Many who contribute are not native English speakers and so there are some very obvious grammatical mistakes on some worksheets, plus all of us make typos occasionally.
First, is there a way to write the person where he/she will really see your comment? If you put it where it ends up with the long string of "thank you" notes, no one will ever be likely to read your comment. Plus it becomes sort of a public criticism. Most of us would appreciate being informed of our mistakes so we can correct them.
Secondly, when we do have mistakes that we correct, is there any way to upload the same worksheet in such a way that it replaces the old one? If we upload it a second time without taking down the old one, it will really clutter up your nice worksheet.
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reply to MaryMaryMary's post #73Question 1.
Hi Mary, you can send a pm to let each other know about typos. I agree that we shouldn't post corrections in comments below the worksheet, since it might come off as condescending or embarrassing.
There is a button called "resubmit," which keeps the ws page, but refreshes the document. Log in, then go to the ws page, hit "Edit your ws", then you'll find the button at the bottom of the page that loads.
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I’m proud to announce we’ve reached a milestone today:
Today we had the 50 thousandth member sign up, Marguerita from Canada:
I hope you guys can make good use of the teaching materials you find here. Keep the "Likes" and the "Thank you's" flowing for our precious contributors. Let them know how much we appreciate their generosity.
If you’re one of the thousands of people who enjoy this site, please spread the news about us to your colleagues.
Thank you for using the site.
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ISLCOLLECTIVE GOES OPEN SOURCE!
We're excited to announce that we are opening up iSLCollective to volunteer programmers!
We have tons of ideas about how to develop this space to serve teachers even better. But we have
only one coder to put all our ideas into practice. That's why we decided to involve You in the project.
We are looking for programmers who can code in Php and MySQL, and who are willing to contribute a
little bit of their time toward coding our planned, new functions. Besides, we are always open to your
ideas about how to improve the site.
All coding work is synchronized using the Github social coding platform. Git is an extremely fast, efficient, distributed version control system ideal for the collaborative development of software.
If you're interested in joining our open source project, please contact us at info [at] islcollective [dot] com.
Peter and the iSLCollective Team
2 years ago#87
It's been over two years since we started the site, and you guys have been great! You've filled this resource bank with almost 10,000 English worksheets, 1200 German worksheets while the French, Spanish and Russian sections are growing fast, too.
You have been helping to translate the site into many languages, most recently Portuguese and Italian. It makes us very glad to be able to provide a platform for teachers of all these languages that up till now have been lacking a place to exchange ideas and teaching materials. We're grateful to our moderators: Nellicita, Ioli6, Francereference and Sonn, for helping run the other platforms.
Most recently, we've announced that we are opening up iSLCollective to volunteer programmers! This way we allow the programmer relatives and friends of the community to actively shape the functionality of the site through contributing coding hours.
Now we're asking you to share one final aspect of running the site with us: its financing. The three of us founders have been paying for it since the beginning. In the coming months, however, we need to move on to a more powerful server and buy bigger bandwidth as the site, you probably noticed, has slowed down due to increasing visitor numbers, which we cannot afford. Therefore, we're announcing a Christmas Fundraising drive for iSLCollective.
Please chip in with a little amount to help us make the site fast again. This is meant to be a Christmas present for the site, so the fundraising ends on December 20, 2011.
You can read about the technical details of how to donate if you click on the Donate button in the right panel.
2 years ago#88
Dear Portuguese Teachers!
iSLCollective Portuguese has finally been launched by virtue of the online collaboration between our Portuguese members. Thanks ever so much to the translators, above all to Vanda Mata, who has contributed much of the longer texts and done a lot of proofreading, as well:
iSL buttons, messages, short texts - Zailda
FAQ - Vanda51 (Vanda Mata)
About us - Vanda51 , fernandalea
Upload Rules - Vanda51
Countries - zulmiramar
Worksheet search, levels - Vanda51
Worksheet search, skills - fernandalea, Vanda51, zulmiramar
Worksheet search, material types - zulmiramar, jsealeixandre, Vanda51
Worksheet search, student types - Vanda51, jsealeixandre
Worksheet search, vocabulary topics - rosangela.gandini, zulmiramar, jsealeixandre, Vanda51, fernandalea
isl_userlang.doc - fernandalea
iSL system emails - Vanda51
Right panel intro text - Vanda51, zulmiramar
Forum topics - zulmiramar, fernandalea
Enjoy using the platform!
If you guys are interested in creating an Italian platform, send me an email to add you to our translators' team.
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reply to Kisdobos's post #88Hi Kisdobos! I would like to know why everything now is in portuguese, even the comments...I'm brazilian and sometimes I can't understand, haha. I thought we would have another site similar to this one in portuguese. Anyway, I prefer islcollective in english...Can we have this option? Let me know, thank you. ;)
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THE ISLCOLLECTIVE COPYRIGHT LICENSE
I think this is a milestone for us in protecting our uploaders' copyrights. We had discussions with our moderators about copyright in recent weeks, and we seemed to all agree that there needs to be a change. We've come to the conclusion that we need to offer a license option which is stricter than Creative Commons. Here's what we came up with.
Today we are rolling out our very own copyright license option: the iSLCollective Copyright License, which will be the default option when you go to Upload. At the same time, you will still be able to select a Creative Commons copyright licensing option for your work if you want.
After weighing the pros and cons with the iSL moderators, we've also decided to switch the licenses of all the previous uploads to this new license option, since we hadn't had this option open when we had started the site, and presumably a lot of uploaders who may not have come back since would prefer this option.
In case you like the Creative Commons licenses more, you can set the worksheet license back to CC by going to each worksheet page and clicking 'Edit your ws'.
You can read a short, human-readable version of the iSL copyright license (the so-called 'Deed') at: http://en.islcollective.com/your_copyright/deed This is really just a short version, not meant to be used in court trials. The full legal text of the license, which we hope will protect your copyright in any court case in the future, can be read here: http://en.islcollective.com/your_copyright/legalcode
I copypasted the Deed here for your convenience. With the iSL copyright license:
-keep the downloaded file (the 'Work') on their PC or other private storage devices
-share the Work with a colleague in email, or share with them a photocopy of
the Work (but only if they give credit to the author and pass the Work along with this iSLCollective Copyright License - this obligation is called "Share Alike" obligation, so that the license cannot be
ignored by anyone in the future)
-adapt the Work to their group in case of classroom use, ie. in order to
correct typos, include new exercises, change the original wording, or exclude any existing parts of the Work
-link on blogs or websites to the original file hosted on iSLCollective
USERS MUST NOT:
-reupload (reshare) the Work on an online file sharing platform
-distribute (publish) the Work in a printed format, such as a book or
any collection for the public to see
-sell the Work
-share the Work with a colleague in email or in photocopied format,
without giving credit to the author or providing the license of the Work.
Please also make sure to read our disclaimer for the licenses at: http://en.islcollective.com/your_copyright/disclaimer.
I hope you will welcome the changes. The iSL Team is looking forward to getting your feedback.
Sorry if I ignored some of your emails in the past weeks, but among other things this has kept me very busy. I promise to go through my inbox soon and get back to you.
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1 year ago#96
reply to Kisdobos's post #95Thx Peter.
I, for one, will keep all my worksheets under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Of course blatantly copying worksheets and uploading them under your own name is forbidden. This license, however, lets other adapt worksheets to their needs (and share with others).
If you're really into sharing, this is the license to choose IMHO.
1 year ago#97
reply to PhilipR's post #96I'm glad that there are authors who are advocates of totally freeing up their materials. I think that's the true spirit of sharing. I'm more than happy if a lot of people continue with CC licenses. My ideal is the concept of 100% free teaching materials. I personally will also keep licensing my wss under CC.
I fully agree that if you're really into sharing, this is the license to go with. But we thought it would be reasonable to provide other license options, too, to acknowledge that others might be a bit more restrictive about their contributions. That's why we now offer both CC and the new license at the same time. There's only one thing we don't offer: 'All rights reserved', which makes no sense at all on a free sharing site, because it's for people who do not want to share their work, except for money.
While it seems important to offer a broader palette of available licenses, I am open to hearing everyone's thoughts on which should be the default license. I think I will also create a poll on it and place it in the right panel.
In short, should the default license be the iSL license or Creative Commons? (The default can of course be changed before you upload a file). Please post your thoughts here.
1 year ago#98
reply to Kisdobos's post #97"Creative Commons"!
I find it more suitable for a positive sharing spirit :)
I deeply appreciate your desire for keeping the old default license as well as PhilipR's.
Personally I prefer the 'Creative Commons', like you.
What interests me is cooperation & hand giving.
And to feel it 100%, you should be 100% generous. That's my focus.
1 year ago#100
reply to Kisdobos's post #97I created a little poll (see on the right), because we'd like the uploading community to shape the future of iSLCollective in terms of copyright options. So, dear contributors, please express your opinion by voting on which should be the default copyright license, the Creative Commons-Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike License or the new iSLCollective License. The default setting is the license which is immediately visible on the bottom of the Upload screen, and you have to roll down that window to see the other license options. The default can be changed when you upload a file.
Although it's not compulsory, and can be changed, the choice of the default license is important because, in our experience, most uploaders tend to keep the default license, so it will probably become the most widespread license type for the worksheets to be shared on iSLCollective in the future.
You can learn the basics about these copyright options here: http://en.islcollective.com/your_copyright and http://en.islcollective.com/your_copyright/deed
Thank you for participating,
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8 months ago#103
I'm glad to announce that we've made two small improvements:
1. Moving misdirected worksheets to the proper platform
There are a number of worksheets, mainly on the other platforms, that have been uploaded erroneously, e.g. English teaching materials on the Spanish teaching site. From now on, these worksheets will not be deleted, but moved to the proper platforms.
2. "Social" buttons: Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Facebook
To each worksheet page we've added 4 social functions that have become widespread on the internet. These services being popular with internet users, we hope that you guys will be happy to share valuable materials with your colleagues on these networks. Out of the four, Pinterest is the most recent one. It allows you to create "pinboards", and pin interesting websites and web pages on your pinboard.
Having introduced the Facebook "Like" button, we've changed the icon of our very own Like button to a "Smiley". Clicking it means one vote for that worksheet, which helps it rank higher on our "Most Liked" toplist. The more often you click it, the more reliable our toplist will become.
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Raised of £30,000 needed
15 days left
iSLCollective has run out of money! Please help to keep iSLCollective alive, and make a small donation now! Click here to read the personal appeal of iSLCollective co-founder Peter Laszlo.
Please share your self-created worksheets with everyone. Even a single worksheet helps. Many small uploads ..... go a long way.
Honors ListThank you for your generous donation!
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