1 decade ago
#1
Hi Everyone! Apparently we have been able to fix the broken Top Rated Authors honors list. So please start rating worksheets once you download them, because that's how we're gonna have a reliable and informative top rated honors list, and reliable worksheet search results.
1 decade ago
#2
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.
1 decade 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.
1 decade ago
#4
I have registered as flintage and you welcome me as [email protected]

It has to be a system fault ?!
1 decade ago
#5
reply to flintage's post #4
Thanks for the notice, I'll check it.
1 decade ago
#6
I registered as mopedos, but it was confirmed twice, first as levente8 ( part of my e-mail adress ) and second as mopedos, wich is OK.
1 decade ago
#7
reply to mopedos's post #6
Thanks for your notice, we will look after it.
1 decade ago
#8
It's difficoult to find a ws, if you search according to the lot of options. I think it could help, if we could reduce the options. For example we don't fix the vocabulary.
1 decade ago
#9
reply to flintage's post #8
Yes, it's true. We hope we'll reach that number of uploaded wss that will provide results no matter how many criteria were selected by the search.
1 decade ago
#10
There is no need to use all the search boxes. Just use the 'Tags' box and you'll get more results. Worksheets authors should make sure to tag their wss accordingly.
1 decade ago
#11
reply to PhilipR's post #10
I agree with PhilipR. That is important to tag wss in order to make it more searchable.
1 decade ago
#12
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.
1 decade 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!

1 decade ago
#14
reply to Kisdobos's post #13
Wonderful, exciting news, I love this site.Thanks to you for share this space with us.
1 decade ago
#15
Congratulation on starting your Facebook page. I've already become a follower. DT ^^
1 decade ago
#16
Hi Everyone, we made some tweaks and I just got a great tool for managing the items in the categories, e.g. grammar and vocabulary categories or material type. (Thx Bence)



If you would like to see new categories added, post it under this thread and I'll add it to the rest.
1 decade ago
#17
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.
1 decade 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.
1 decade ago
#19
Hello to y'all. We are introducing a new feature on the main page: "Worksheet of the Day." Hope you're gonna like it.
1 decade ago
#20
reply to Kisdobos's post #19
Oh, yes. And the "Worksheet of the day" is selected automatically based on the number of downloads in the past two days. The worksheet with the most downloads will be displayed in the "Worksheet of the day" box.
1 decade ago
#21
The sorting functions are finally working in MyPage/Uploaded. Dear authors, now you can see which of your worksheets are the most popular. Enjoy! :)
1 decade ago
#22
I just wanna say that you guy's are doing a great job here!. Keep 'em coming those improvements. I bet more and more people/teachers will find their way to islcollective.

Keep it up and I'll spread the word of course.
1 decade ago
#23
reply to Errie's post #22
Thx a lot! :) If you have ideas as for what developments you would like to see, just let me know.
1 decade ago
#24
Dear Colleagues!



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.
1 decade ago
#25
Hi Everyone. We added a new file format that you can upload: docx. So now you can share even those materials of yours that you haven't been able to so far.

1 decade ago
#26
reply to Kisdobos's post #25
Thank you so much for your effort. I am sure it is much appreciated.
1 decade ago
#27
rv rv
reply to Kisdobos's post #25
This thingy here has been designed very wisely. Chapeau!

1 decade ago
#28
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.
1 decade ago
#29
Hi Everyone!



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.



Bless up,

Peter
1 decade 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.

1 decade ago
#31
Now you can upload your powerpoints.

1 decade ago
#32
Bence is doing a great job, so I'm happy to announce another new feature: The top list of the "Most downloaded" worksheets. It will be our most reliable measure of contributor achievement until the new top rated algorithm is finished. Thx, Bence.

10 years ago
#34
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.
10 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.

10 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.

10 years ago
#37
reply to Mulle's post #36
Thanks, it's welcome news.
10 years ago
#38
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.
10 years ago
#39
reply to Kisdobos's post #38
MAINTENANCE

We managed to fix the dysfunctional next page function in the search results pages.
10 years ago
#40
Hi There!



We increased the upload limit for doc/docx to 2 MB, and 25 MB for ppt/pptx. This means often you will no longer have to resize (shrink) images to be able to upload the ws. Hope it will save some time for you.



Bless up,

Peter
10 years ago
#41
Most recently, we've been working on opening the iSLCollective platform in other languages too. Therefore, we're in need of a Spanish admin who also speaks English for soon-to-be launched iSLCollective Spanish. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll tell you more.
10 years ago
#42
reply to Kisdobos's post #40
Hi,



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)..



Take care,

DT - Fatma
10 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."

10 years ago
#44
reply to Kisdobos's post #43
I 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.



Take care,

Fatma
10 years ago
#45
reply to Kisdobos's post #43
Being a complete and utter newbie of the website, it took me some time to find the "thank you" buttom. I guess I owe you guys a couple of them, so better late than never. Thank you so much for your generosity!
10 years ago
#46
I'm happy to announce that we're soon opening the iSLCollective platform in French, too. Therefore, we're in need of 2 French admins who also speak English and can keep touch with us. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll tell you more. Bless up.
10 years ago
#47
reply to Kisdobos's post #46
I would like to know where can i have daily lesson plans for new headway plus pre intermediate with some activities as well using the celta lesson plan. Email me and i am ready to pay to have this.
10 years ago
#48
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.
10 years ago
#49
iSLCollective seeks 1 Russian and 1 French admin



Dear Colleagues,



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?



Bless up,

Peter
10 years ago
#50
rv rv
reply to Kisdobos's post #49
Wonderfu! All the languages I need to practice! I am sure you will find competent, helpful and nice people.
10 years ago
#51
LIKE BUTTON



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.



Bless up,

Peter

10 years ago
#52
ISLCOLLECTIVE FRENCH



Dear French Teachers,



I'm happy to announce that we have launched the French platform to give you a place to swap French language teaching materials.



Enjoy sharing your printables!

9 years ago
#53
Dear All,



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,

Peter



9 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!



Bless up,

Peter

9 years ago
#55
reply to Kisdobos's post #54
Thanks for the great news. Hope, this platform will also grow and teachers of Russian will find the site as useful as our colleagues teaching other foreign languages. Thanks again for your effort to give the possibility the teachers of Russian, too.

Gabi
9 years ago
#56
reply to korodi4's post #55
Dear Gabi, thank you! Please spread the news among your colleagues you told me you occasionally meet to share ideas. I hope you can use the site to your benefit. If you have any ideas about how to improve it, pls let us know.
9 years ago
#57
reply to Kisdobos's post #54
Oops, turns out the Russian registration is not working. Will be up and running on Wednesday morning Central European time.
9 years ago
#58
reply to Kisdobos's post #57
It's working now!
9 years ago
#59
We started to translate iSLCollective into Portuguese with Zailda (http://es.islcollective.com/mypage?id=1536). There's plenty of work to do. If you want to join the translation team, drop me a line and I'll share with you the files to be translated.



Bless up,

Peter

9 years ago
#60
Thanks Peter! Thank you because you have given a chance to this language and if you want I can translate something. I'm not fluent in Portuguese, but it is next to Spain... :D
9 years ago
#61
reply to Kisdobos's post #59
Wow you are doing it. You are able to speak many languages. You all seems experts in this field.

I can help you to translate if you want, but as I have little time you can send a piece of work each time.
9 years ago
#62
reply to Kisdobos's post #59
Hi, I could help you translating to Portuguese. My email is [email protected]
9 years ago
#63
reply to Kisdobos's post #59
Hi, I could help you translating to Portuguese. My email is [email protected]
9 years ago
#64
reply to TATI's post #63
Thanks 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.



Thanks again,

Peter
9 years ago
#68
Here's the screenshot:





9 years ago
#69
Dear All!



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.



Bless up,

Peter

9 years ago
#70
Oh, and one more thing. Now your pictures that you attach to your forum posts will not blow up to ridiculously large sizes anymore. They'll stay the size you see on your conmputer, so feel free to start illustrating your posts with pics again. Thx, Bence!
9 years ago
#71
Many thanks Peter! You're working really hard but you're doing it well!
9 years ago
#72
And... Peter, could you please add a tag for searching users easily?? (By username/country)
9 years ago
#73
reply to Kisdobos's post #70
This 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.



Thanks much,

Mary
9 years ago
#74
reply to MaryMaryMary's post #73
Correction, it will really clutter up your nice WEBSITE! :)
9 years ago
#75
reply to MaryMaryMary's post #74
Last post for tonight, and my apologies! I just found the answer to my question about editing worksheets already submitted under a forum post from someone from 5 months ago, plus then I saw FAQ and you have the info there as well. So sorry...
9 years ago
#76
reply to MaryMaryMary's post #73
Question 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.



Question 2.

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.
9 years ago
#77
reply to Kisdobos's post #69
It turns out it's not quite obvious: You can vote on MORE THAN ONE suggestions in the online poll on the right.



If you haven't done so, please help us by voting in our online poll.
9 years ago
#78
reply to Kisdobos's post #76
Thank you for that! I just saw a typo (or two!!) on one of the worksheets I uploaded...! Now I know what to do :)
9 years ago
#80
I’m proud to announce we’ve reached a milestone today:



Today we had the 50 thousandth member sign up, Marguerita from Canada:

http://en.islcollective.com/mypage?id=50000



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.



Peter

9 years ago
#81
reply to Kisdobos's post #80
Congratulations! It is a truly fantastic site and only today I was singing its praises to a Spanish friend of mine who teaches basic English to young school children. Keep up the good work!
9 years ago
#82
Congrats to all who are working behind the scenes to make this website one of the best out there.



@Peter.....I told you it's gonna be a biggy! Up to the next 50.000.
9 years ago
#83
reply to Kisdobos's post #80
Congrats, Peter! Way to go! :)
9 years ago
#84
reply to Kisdobos's post #80
wow! congratulations :D
9 years ago
#85
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.



Bless up,

Peter and the iSLCollective Team

9 years ago
#87
Dear iSLers!



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.



Bless up,

Peter

9 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
Terms of Use - Vanda51
Privacy Policy - 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!

Bless up,
Peter

PS
If you guys are interested in creating an Italian platform, send me an email to add you to our translators' team.

9 years ago
#89
I'm happy to announce that yesterday we passed the 10.000th worksheet upload! :) Thank you very much to all the contributors!

9 years ago
#90
reply to Kisdobos's post #88
Hi 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. ;)

9 years ago
#91
reply to deiseabl's post #90
Sorry, I dont' understand what you mean.
9 years ago
#92
reply to Kisdobos's post #91
deiseabl is living in Brasilia.My students from Brazil explained to me, that European Portuguese is not necessarily alike to Brazilian Portuguese.
9 years ago
#94
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:



USERS MAY

-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.



Bless up,

Peter



PS

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.

9 years ago
#95
reply to Kisdobos's post #94
This note is meant for our biggest contributors. If you want to keep your CC licenses, and don't want to do the resetting manually, one by one, just shoot me a mail and I can assist you.
9 years ago
#96
reply to Kisdobos's post #95
Thx 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.
9 years ago
#97
reply to PhilipR's post #96
I'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.



Bless up,

Peter
9 years 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.



Thanks!
9 years ago
#100
reply to Kisdobos's post #97
I 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,

Peter
9 years ago
#101
reply to Kisdobos's post #100
I'm the 1st to vote! weeeee! :D hhh
8 years 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.

Bless up,
Peter

8 years ago
#104
reply to Kisdobos's post #103
Great job! Thanks a lot!
8 years ago
#105
reply to Kisdobos's post #103
thanx alot
6 years ago
#108



I clarified many of the items in the Grammar search menu for increased clarity as to what a grammar term means. E.g. I changed
"Prefixes" to "Prefixes (e.g. A, UN, IM, DIS, MIS, EN, etc. )"
"Parts of Speech" to "Parts of Speech (aka word classes, e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)"
"Cleft sentences" to "Cleft sentences (e.g. It's Joey we're looking for)"
Quantifiers to Quantifiers (e.g. some, many, much, any, few, little)
and so on.
I also created some new grammar items. I'd like to ask our dear authors to add these tags to any worksheets they may have uploaded on these topics. (BTW, let's not forget that there are a whole lot of other grammar tags from last year that still wait to be added by authors.)

The new grammar labels are as follows:

  1. Suffixes: ING in progressive / continuous tenses
  2. Present simple tense: S ending of verbs
  3. Too and enough
  4. Adjectives with SO or SUCH
  5. Adverbs: Intensifiers (e.g. very, absolutely)
  6. Easily confusable words (e.g. THEN or THAN)
  7. Pronouns: EACH OTHER, ONE ANOTHER (reciprocal pronouns)
  8. Pronouns: YOU and THEY talk about people in general
  9. Pronouns: ONE and ONES to avoid unnecessary repetition
  10. Pronouns: SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, EVERYBODY, NO ONE, NOTHING, etc.
  11. Question words
  12. MUST or MUSTN'T
  13. Comparison: Comparative adjectives and structures
  14. Comparison: Superlative adjectives and structures
  15. Conditionals: Conditional phrases (e.g. unless, provided that, as long as)

If you have suggestions for new grammar or vocabulary labels, feel free to send us an email to info [at] islcollective [dot] com, and I will add it as a new label.

Bless up,
6 years ago
#109

NEW FEATURE: CHARACTER COUNTER


Just recently we introduced a 160 minimum character count for the description of uploads for better searchibility. It's nice to see that this change has been accepted by our authors, and thus the quality of the descriptions have improved a great deal.

I have been testing it myself, and I found it was hard to guess without counting when the 160 characters were reached, which could have been annoying for uploaders. So following the example of Twitter, we introduced a character counter above the type field in the UPLOAD menu, so now you can see at once when your description is long enough.

Bless up,
Peter
6 years ago
#110
reply to Kisdobos's post #109
Thanks Peter!! It's very useful I rememeber old Alexander's exercises.
Thanks once more, Noemí.
6 years ago
#111
reply to Mishqui's post #110
Remember =rememeber sorry for the mistake :(
6 years ago
#112

Dear All,

like I promised, we developed a new item in your MyPage menu called "Comments", in which authors will be able to find all the comments they have received. You can also access your comments in the usual way by clicking on the "new comments" notification right below the main menu.

If something still seems to be wrong with the influx of new comments, please let us know.

Bless up,
Peter

6 years ago
#113
Excellent! Just what we needed! Everything seems to be working fine now.

Thanks for all your hard work!

Best regards,
Janet

6 years ago
#114

SITE SPEED, CTRL+F5 AND SOCIAL BUTTONS

We rolled out some developments recently to increase loading speed of the download pages. Have you noticed that the most popular worksheets load like 10-15 times faster? It was a shame that it was the most popular ones that slowed down, but now we remedied this. We could also speed up the loading of the main page a tiny bit.

In case the site layout should look weird, just click CTRL+F5 to refresh the page, and the looks will be back to normal.

We also fixed the social buttons because, for example, the Facebook sharing button didn't work well on download pages. Now you can share our works in your favorite social networks. Let me remind you of the embed button on download pages. You can embed the preview box of any worksheets by copypasting the embed code into your blog (if you have one).

6 years ago
#115
Dear All,

We've been asked to change the color of the search filters to a darker color to improve readability. There you go, you can compare "before" and "after". Hope you will find the change useful.

Bless up,
Peter

6 years ago
#116
We think we found the root of this comment thing. Please give us a little time to get to the end of it.
Also, we are planning to improve the comments section to also show the worksheet preview that the comment belongs to, and show the comment text more prominently. Please tell us whether you like the design and the idea below more than the current one, or if you have any other ideas how to improve the comments page.

6 years ago
#117
Thank you for darkening the drop down menus selections. I can now read the choices without squinting. The new format for the comments looks interesting. Perhaps it will encourage downloaders to write more comments and send more thank yous.
6 years ago
#119
Dear Colleagues,

I've just added some new vocabulary topics in the Vocabulary search filter. I'd like to ask our authors to edit your existing uploads and use these tags if you have uploaded worksheets in the topics below. If you add these tags to your printables, it will have two benefits: these tags will no longer return zero results if colleagues run a search on them, and it will also help your worksheets to come up higher in Google Search when colleagues start their search there.

The new Vocabulary items:
  1. Future
  2. Past
  3. Memories
  4. Going out, entertainment
  5. Addictions
  6. Free time, leisure activities
  7. Tourism
  8. Science
  9. Female and male roles
  10. Graffiti, street art
  11. Body art, piercing, tattoes
  12. Smart phones, tablets and gadgets
  13. Phoning
  14. Accidents
  15. Allergies
  16. Success
  17. Traditions, national customs
  18. Annoying habits
  19. Being young, growing old
  20. Beauty
  21. Gossips
  22. Politics, voting, elections
  23. Extreme sports
  24. Personality and character
  25. Socializing, small talk
  26. Marriage
  27. Books and reading
  28. Love, romance, dating
  29. Art
  30. United States of America
  31. Ireland
  32. Australia
  33. Likes and dislikes
  34. Learning languages

Anything else you'd like me to add?

Bless up,
Peter
6 years ago
#120
Thanks Peter for more categories. But as always I want more. :)))) First of all could you pleasse darken the words as they are almost impossible (for me) to read. Also could you make it possible to select more than 1 vocabulary choice? And in addition I have more suggestions: please add computer games and dinosaurs. As I re-tag my materials, I'll see what other ideas I have. Who else has left the vocabulary selection blank because no appropriate word exists? Please post more suggestions for Peter- it helps all of us find materials faster on the site and promotes our worksheets/PPTs on Google- so they appear higher in the search.
6 years ago
#121
reply to Kisdobos's post #119
Thank you so much.
6 years ago
#122
reply to mamartins's post #121

Also added:

  1. Pirates
  2. Dinosaurs
  3. Computer games
  4. Space exploration
  5. Olympics
6 years ago
#123

Dear Colleagues!

I promised we would try to do something with the apparent decrease in the number of thank you's and comments to worksheets by users). In fact, there were just as many thank you's arriving, but the small notification on the top of the page started showing only the "typed in" comments, but not thank you's. I just checked, and about 50 thousand colleagues sent a thank you note in February.

At the same time, we started thinking about Thank you's again, and we decided to try some changes, because we agree that for an author, it is receiving feedback to their work that makes uploading a fulfilling experience, and we thought we can improve the commenting system.

First, in the spirit of "a picture is worth a thousand words", we changed the MyPage/Comments page to also show the thumbnail preview of the worksheet that the comment was sent for. Click on the "Teaching tip comments" to see the comments received for your teaching tips. This way, we hope, it will be more convenient to check out your new comments.



Second, we changed the logic of the "Thank you" button on worksheet download pages. Formerly, once a user pressed the button, it sent a Thank you! message to the author. It was useful for those teachers (maybe most of us) who are in a constant rush, but wanted to drop a quick thank you note. At the same time, however, we lost the personal touch of comments that we used to have in the olden days. This is why we decided to change the Thank you button. If you press it now, a small type box will pop up quickly, where you can type in a few words of appreciation and send it to the author. We know it takes more time to type than just press a button, but we hope that those users who consider it important to say thank you after downloading will still find it a convenient and quick solution. Authors will be notified of all new comments and thank you notes - sent either using the thank you button or the comment field below the preview. We hope that consequently our authors will get a larger number of personal messages than before.



Please let us know what you think about these changes.

Bless up,
Peter

6 years ago
#124
reply to Kisdobos's post #123
Hi Peter!
I don't know if the same is hapenning with the other ones, but now the only thing I can see is the expression "Thank you". Somehow all the comment that were there disappeared. I went back to see some comments I made about some ws, but I don't find them. Can you check this please.
Mirita
6 years ago
#125
reply to Mirita1959's post #124

Hi Mirita,

We merged the comments and the thank you's like it was in the olden days. This means that all the former thank you's now appear as text among your comments. If you click on "See more" under your comments on the download pages you can load 10 more on each click. For technical reasons, the hour label of the last 30 days appear as the same, but don't worry, this is just a little compromise we had to make to be able to merge the two sections, those items are real, too.

Yes, I know there are lots of thank you's. But in just a few hours, the trend already seems to have turned and I received 4 personal comments on my works, and I hope everyone is experiencing the same.

Please let me know if you have additional ideas about the system.

Peter






6 years ago
#126
reply to Kisdobos's post #125
Thanks a lot dear Peter for improving the "comments " system.You always feel happy to receive nice feedback on your work. and with the pictures it's much better even. Enjoy your day
Cheers from Normandy
6 years ago
#127
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #126
Hi...is there a way to remove the watermark ?

in some worksheets is a little difficult to read with it..
6 years ago
#128
reply to fokemon's post #127

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion! Others have also suggested that, because if the words were lower, it would not have a chance to overlap with the worksheet text.

I am afraid it would be an overwhelmingly large task to regenerate the print previews for all 75 thousand worksheets on the site. Especially, that we have a long list of urgent tasks to cover in the next few months. When we re-generated the print previews the last time it took more than a week to generate them. But I put it on our list of suggestions.

Peter

6 years ago
#129
First of all, thank you for all your efforts and improvements. I've got suggestion. I miss a "projectables comment tip" in the comenting system. Hugs from Spain.
Rosa
6 years ago
#130
reply to Kisdobos's post #128
Hi Peter,
I have a "little problem"one of my ws appears twice when I wanted to delete it I see the message :
404. Sorry, there’s an error. The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know
I don' know how to solve it, Thanks for your help,
Noemí.
6 years ago
#131
reply to rmartinandres's post #129
Hi, the worksheet comments section includes both projectables (powerpoints) and printables.
6 years ago
#132
reply to Mishqui's post #130
Hi, can you please send more detailed information and links that you tried to reach to info [at] islcollective [dot] com? Thanks, Peter
6 years ago
#133
Thank you Peter. I've received some thank you's for my ppts and then I realised. Thank you. It's perfect! Have a nice day!
Rosa
6 years ago
#134
Love the new comments page! Excellent work!

Thanks Peter

6 years ago
#135
reply to jannabanna's post #134
Peter and islcollective team, thanks for your nice work.
Noemí.
6 years ago
#136
Hello everyone! I am new here and I would like to ask one question. How can I erase worksheet from website? I uploaded two same worksheets by mistake and now I don't know how to remove one of them.
Thank you in advance.
6 years ago
#137
reply to mimozder's post #136
Hi, you click on "edit ws" inthe bottom right hand corner under your ws, then you go all down the uploading form and you click on delete. hope it helps
Cheers
6 years ago
#139
Dear All,

Today we have something to celebrate: today we have had the 50 thousandth upload shared on iSLCollective. This privilege goes to sylviepieddaignel with her Conditionals 1, 2, 3 worksheet. Thanks, Sylvie, and everyone else who have shared your worksheets here since 2009!

Keep sharing!

Bless up,
Peter

6 years ago
#140
reply to Kisdobos's post #139
sylviepieddaignel congratulations!!
Noemí.
6 years ago
#143
It has long been requested by our members that we should have a separate section that showcases the best worksheets of the day, and the best powerpoint of the day in chronological order. Now we created this section in a really simple and neat way: on Pinterest. I'll be posting the best resources every day. See the links below.

BTW, in case anyone is up to taking over the posting of the worksheets, I would highly appreciate that. It takes about 5 minutes per day, as the Pinterest sharing button is embedded on the worksheet page, right below the preview, so all it takes is one click and writing one line as description.

Peter


ESL worksheets of the day





ESL powerpoints of the day
6 years ago
#144

We improved on the way the delete button works when you edit an uploaded worksheet of yours. It used to be right below the copyright license and in the same color as the Save button, so one may have accidentally clicked it when wanting to save the edits.

To remedy this situation:

  1. we made the button red,
  2. moved it to the bottom of the page,
  3. and when you click it, you'll get a "Do you want to delete this worksheet?" popup question.

So no more deletion accidents in the future. :)

Peter



6 years ago
#145
Dear Colleagues!

We have just reached 800,000 registered members on the site! It's nice to be part of such a big family.

Bless up,
Peter





6 years ago
#146
reply to Kisdobos's post #145
Thanks to your precious work. Thank you
6 years ago
#147
reply to Kisdobos's post #145

Congratulations to the en.islcollective Team!! I'm proud of being a member of this site!!

Noemí.

6 years ago
#148
reply to Kisdobos's post #145
6 years ago
#149
reply to Kisdobos's post #145
A big thank you for all the team's work. I'm really fond of being part of this fantastic community!
6 years ago
#150
reply to Kisdobos's post #139
Well, apparently , it's been a long time since I last came on the forum!!!(busy weeks) so I am happy for both being the 50000 upload and for the number or members reached by the site. Keep up the good work dera Peter and you all and thanks Mishqui for your congratulations
cheers , Sylvie!:)))
6 years ago
#151
Dear Authors,

We further improved the tagging on the UPLOAD form. From now on you can select multiple Vocabulary items for your uploads. Similarly to the Grammar tags, you can select additional items by continuously pressing the CTRL button on the keyboard while selecting the next item with your mouse.

I also encourage you to go back to your earlier uploads and retag them if you'd like to help other colleagues find them more easily.

Bless up,
Peter


6 years ago
#152
reply to Kisdobos's post #151
Hi , Peter. is there a computer glitch on the site because yesterday I uploaded 3 worksheets which are still out and apparently I wasn't the only one since there have been no new contributions for the last 24 hours . hope everything goes back to normal soon
Cheers , Sylvie
6 years ago
#153
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #152
I have the same problem.
Noemí.
6 years ago
#154
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #152
Sorry, yes it seems so. I hope we can fix it on Sunday. Pls don't reupload or delete. Your work will show up automatically once the preview generation is back to normal.
6 years ago
#155
reply to Kisdobos's post #154

Noemí.
6 years ago
#156
reply to Kisdobos's post #154
so beacuase of that problem I can't download worksheet from the site, right?
6 years ago
#157
reply to Nati92's post #156
No, you should be able to download. Does it not work for you?
5 years ago
#158
reply to Kisdobos's post #157
Sorry everybody by my terrible mistake; I wanted to send a powerpoint with the same title. I must confess that I am awful with computers. If you notice other so terrible mistake, please forgive me and accept my excuses.

5 years ago
#159
reply to Kisdobos's post #157
Sorry everybody by my terrible mistake; I wanted to send a powerpoint with the same title. I must confess that I am awful with computers. If you notice other so terrible mistake, please forgive me and accept my excuses.
5 years ago
#160
reply to Pury's post #159
Apologies Accepted.
5 years ago
#161
Dear Colleagues, we have introduced 2 new search filters: "Language exams" and "Dialects". If you upload your worksheet, please make sure to use these filters to tag your printable or powerpoint if they are relevant to your upload. You will find them in the second row of filters in the green bar on the main page. (Click on "See more" on the right to see all search filters.) BTW, our fundraiser will be over in only 12 days, and we've got a long way to go. If you can afford, please consider becoming our sponsor, and help us bring you more cool features this year! Bless up, Peter
5 years ago
#164

NEW DEVELOPMENT: RECOMMENDATIONS


I think all authors would agree that there is too little feedback that they receive on their work shared on iSLCollective. And I don't mean the thank you notes, but I mean the real feedback that tells authors about how their worksheet really worked in class. Feedback that tells authors what pre-tasks or follow-up tasks did you do before/after this worksheet. How much time was spent with the worksheet? Suggestions about YouTube videos or other resources from the web to use with this worksheet. What didn't go according to plans? Suggestions about how to improve the worksheet.

We came up with the idea of "recommendations". The idea is that we ask all members to write a recommendation for their favorite worksheets. By favorite worksheets we mean worksheets that you downloaded and/or printed several times. Members are shown notifications in which we ask them to write a recommendation. It would be really nice if you could write a recommendation for every tenth worksheet you download or print. So once you write a recommendation, you will not see this notification until the next 10 downloads.

So here's how it works: we suggest 3 worksheets in a new menu item in your MyPage menu: Recommend. You can write a recommendation here on any of the 3 suggestions or reload new suggestions with the Reload button. Below the type field you can see all the recommendations you've ever written. You can also write a recommendation on the worksheet download pages if you select "Recommendation" from the dropdown menu below the comment type field. The recommendations that authors receive can be found in MyPage/Comments under the new tab: "Worksheet recommendations".

Your recommendation is important because it shows other colleagues the best worksheets on the site. At the same time, this is the best way you can thank the authors for using their work. Our authors share their work on iSLCollective.com without getting paid, so their only payment is that you and others downloading their work give them feedback that they can use to develop even better materials.
Have fun recommending your favorite worksheets!

Bless up,
Peter

5 years ago
#166

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: NUMBER OF PRINTS AND DOWNLOADS




We used to have two functions, both of which indicated the popularity of worksheets: likes and favoriting. However, the "likes" by users were split betwen these two options. So we decided to do away with "Likes" and keep Favoriting.

We added the number of "likes" received so far to the favorites number. You will see this new "Favorites" number on worksheet download pages, your MyPage and the Member page toplists.

Another new feature regarding the measurement of worksheet popularity is that we started to display how many times a worksheet has been printed. We had looked at user behavior and saw that an astonishing number of people don't download worksheets, but print it. (It's good news as it shows it is indeed a useful feature that saves you time.) So it's only fair that this should be measured as well. Besides, it's also a different kind of indication of worksheet popularity, since whatever is printed by teachers will most likely be used in class, as opposed to downloads, whose later use we don't know.

These developments, together with the new Recommendation feature, are all part of our efforts to give authors a more rewarding experience with sharing on iSLCollective.

Dear Authors, is there anything else that we could do to make your author experience better?

Thanks and have a great summer!

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#167
reply to Kisdobos's post #166
How can I answer this if I can't upload because : I have 227 characters but it isn't enough. What can I do?.
5 years ago
#168
reply to mamartins's post #167
Dear Mamartins, Could you please clarify what you mean here?
5 years ago
#169
reply to mamartins's post #167
Do what you normally do, sweetie ...lah lah deedee da diddums dee dum .. voila! 160 characters! You are great!
5 years ago
#170
reply to MrsFrobisher's post #169
Thank you.
5 years ago
#171
reply to mamartins's post #170
Hi mamartins, I know you were making a serious point and I hope you get an answer. I just wanted to say, your wss are fabulous. The content is there, the variety, the challenge... and they look great.
5 years ago
#172
reply to MrsFrobisher's post #171
I know that. That's why I thanked you. I thanked you for your support. A big hug.
5 years ago
#173
Dear Authors!

It's been about a week since we introduced the "Recommendations" feature. I'm wondering if you've received any recommendations? Were the recommendations informative and helpful? Do you think this feature has resulted in more feedback from colleagues? If not, do you have any suggestion as to how to improve the system? Have you written a recommendation on the worksheets you love?

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#174
reply to Kisdobos's post #173
Hi Peter!
Well I don't know what happened with the other authors, but I've only received 1 recommendation, and I myself haven't written any so far. Why? Not because I don't like the ones I downloaded! But because I'm always in a hurry and don't have time to write a good recommendation about a worksheet. To do this seriously I need time to analyse it or to use it with my students and see if it works well. As you can imagine that is difficult to do straight away. Besides, as you can see most downloaders don't even say "thank you" that is something easy and fast. Now imagine what it requires to write even a simple recommendation. My experience tells me that it'll be very difficult to get any type of comment from most downloaders. Thanks God we have some fantastic ones that always have something nice to tell us :)
Anyway, my philosophy is: I upload my worksheets because I like and I want to. If they get nice comments, that's rewarding. If they don't, I go on with my work.
I hope we'll be able to keep this site going, and that is what is really important.
Have a nice summer!
Mirita
5 years ago
#175
reply to Mirita1959's post #174
I wouldn't write better. You are right. In my opinion a recomendation is a waste of time. Teachers have time to choose what they pretend, they don't need a recomendation. In my opinion, a "thank you" and a "like" is enough.
5 years ago
#176
Dear Peter,

I think the idea of compiling recommendations is great, but certainly a demanding task for many of us as Mirita points out.

HOWEVER, I was very glad to obtain your recommendation in particular, as it has proved to be extremely accurate in pointing out weaker aspects of my worksheet whilst still praising its strengths.

As a result, I have both updated an improved draft of the facebook worksheet you commented on and decided to add an extra series of questions to my "Strange" series in the future.

Since you're the developer of this website and of these evaluative options, I reckon it would be a good idea for you to continue spreading its reputation. I believe your comments in particular to be very effective and wouldn't only rely on the community to engage with an evaluative tool they're not really familiar with. I guess your recommendations to impress many of us and remain optimistic that the concept will catch on soon.

Thanks for continuously thinking about ways of improving this lovely website.

goodwin

5 years ago
#177
reply to Kisdobos's post #173
Hi Peter!

The recommendations is a great feature for islcollective. I think every teacher has their own methods and style to teaching and this can be reflected in each recommendation. I have personally made 6-7 recommendations so far including one of your 'Let's talk...'
5 years ago
#181

NEW FIRST TIME REGISTRATION / LOGIN / FORGOT PASSWORD MECHANISMS


We've had so many login problems every day over the years with users forgetting passwords and having all sorts of problems getting into the site that we felt the need to completely redo the registration, login and forgot password mechanisms of iSLCollective. We've released the new developments on Saturday night.

You can still register or log in in the usual way. The changes are as follows:

REGISTRATION FOR FIRST-TIME USERS
  1. If anyone finds it easier, they can sign up (register) as a first time user with their Facebook or Google account. It will be a relief for those internet users (like me) who are tired of registering for every new service they try out and prefer to use their social accounts to get into a site with one click.
  2. Users can, of course, still sign up with their email address, and for them we made sign-up much easier. It's enough to fill in 4 fields, and that's it. You don't have to type in your password twice as before. The reason for confirming a password is because the letters of the typed in password are turned into dots for security reasons, so you can't see what you're typing. Instead, now you only have to type in your password once, and if you want to check whether you typed it correctly, you can just click on the eye icon on the right of the password field (click it again to turn it back to dots). We also got rid of the former horrible CAPTCHA (anti-bot protection) and replaced it with Google's new user-friendly one where you just have to check in a box saying you're not a robot.



LOG IN FOR EXISTING USERS
  1. You can log into iSLCollective with your Facebook or Google account, which is really simple. During the first login we'll ask you to connect your existing account with your Facebook or Google account by providing your user name and password. From the second login, it will literally take just one click to get into the site in this way.
  2. You can still log in with your iSLCollective user name/password combination as usual and it should work fine. If you forgot your password, you can click on the "Forgot your password" link. Then you can tell us your email address (the one that you registered with), and we will email you a link where you can set a new password of your own choosing, and you will get in immediately without our help. If you recall, previously we generated a code for you, but it still didn't get a lot of people into the site, and we got tons of email from desperate users. So this will be a much better solution, since everyone who clicks on the Forgot Password link will get into the site after doing the above simple process. All you need is to find our email in your inbox (please note that emails can sometimes end up in your spam folder, so make sure you also check there).



As with any new software updates, there may be hidden bugs, and this update is especially sensitive because as simple as it seems, it was surprisingly difficult to implement and took us more than a hundred planning and coding hours. We cautiously timed this release for the weekend when we see the least traffic. If you notice a bug, please be patient and get in touch with us via email to info [at] islcollective [dot] com, our support line. We'll do our best to fix it as quickly as possible.

We hope that you will find these improvements useful and no one in the future will be frustrated about getting into iSLCollective.

We wish you a great new school year full of inspiring moments! :) Have a great start to teaching!

Bless up,
Peter Laszlo and the iSLCollective Team
5 years ago
#182
reply to Kisdobos's post #181
Dear Peter, sorry to bother you ,but here in France I used to log in through Mozilla Firefox , which has stopped working , we can't reach Isl through this, it says it has been redirected ( whereas it took us just a click, and many schools here use this, which maybe a problem for plenty of French teachers) and Internet explorer isn't really trustful here , it took me ages to be able to send you this message
I don't know if you can do anything about that:(( tahnks anyway
Sylvie
5 years ago
#184
Hi Sylvie, thanks for writing. Could you send us more information to info [at] islcollective [dot] com?

1. a screenshot showing the problem or error message
2. a step by step description of what you clicked on first, second, third, what exactly was your path
3. How did you finally log in? (which browser, Facebook, Google or email login?)

Thanks
Peter
5 years ago
#185
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #182
Dear Sylvie!
I have the same problems here in Germany, too. I use Mozilla Firefox. No Connection. I tried Internet Explorer but as you say it isn`t very trustful.
Thank you for your great worksheets. Thank you for sharing them.
Yours Petra
5 years ago
#186
reply to Energy's post #185
The site is down in the US also on Firefox. Peter and team are aware of the problem and are trying to fix it. You can log on in Chrome in the meantime.
5 years ago
#187
Yes. I use Chrome and evreything is right here.
5 years ago
#189
reply to Kisdobos's post #181
We issued a "service pack" to fix known login bugs. If you still have a problem - e.g. the page won't load or login is impossible, I'd appreciate it if you could send us a screenshot of the problematic page to info [at] islcollective [dot] com, along with its web address, any error messages, telling us where exactly you clicked, and what your browser and device. This will help us a great deal in catching any potential remaining bug. Thank you!
5 years ago
#190
reply to kifissia's post #186
Hi there everybody!
I use Chrome and I haven't been able to log in for several days. Today, finally, I am back to the site. It seems everything is back to normal :9 thanks God!
5 years ago
#191
reply to Kisdobos's post #181
Hi Peter and TEam !
Thumbs up and thank you for sorting out the problems with logging in .I was begiining to get frustrated trying to log in with slow Internet explorer!!!!Heve a nice weekend!:)
Sylvie
5 years ago
#199
Dear All!

We're glad to hear that maybe the era of frustrations over logins is coming to an end, and everyone will be a happy logged in user. We found one last bug: the forgot password option wasn't working, so anyone who clicked on this and wanted to receive a link in email to choose and save a new password didn't receive this email. Now that we became aware of this, we fixed this one, too.

Let me give you some more general help for successful login:

1. First of all, let me start by clarifying one thing, because not everyone seems to understand this: REGISTER FREE is for first-time users. Anyone who wants to download our worksheets, needs to register (=sign up) here. If you're an existing user you need to click on the much smaller "Login" link.




If you try to log in, and get an error message like the one below, that's because you went to REGISTER FREE, and trying to log in on the page which is for people who don't have an iSLCollective account yet. Clues that you are in the wrong place is the welcome message ("Welcome, first-time users") and the caption on the buttons ("sign up"). (BTW, why should you tell us your email address and country again, and accept to our Terms of use every time you log in?) Naturally, when you input your user name, you will get an error message because new users are not allowed to choose a user name that someone else has. On the other hand, if you click on the FB or Google options, we will recognize you as an existing user, and will log you in.




2. OK, so let's suppose you went to the Login page. You want to log in (=sign in) with your user name and password combo, but can't because some data you entered isn't right. Maybe it's the user name. First, think about whether you are really inputting your iSLCollective user name. Some people think they have to input their real name, while others believe their user name is their email address. No. Your user name is your nickname you chose when you registered on iSLCollective, like mine: kisdobos.

Maybe it's the password you're getting wrong. Perhaps you've just mistyped it. Click on the eye icon on the right of the password to see what you've typed.

3. If there was a problem with your user name or password, we will load a page where you can try to enter them again, or try to log in with your Facebook or Google account.



4. Or you can ask to be sent a link that allows you to save a new password for yourself. Please note the email address that you need to send us is the one that you registered with on iSLCollective (this is the main reason why we ask for your email address upon registration - to be able to send you this new password link). So we find your existing iSLCollective account based on your email address, and use the same email address to send you the new password link. You receive this link to your email inbox (this time, really). If you don't, it must have landed in your spam (junk) folder. This is what the email looks like:




5. You click on the link, and it takes you to an iSLCollective page where you can choose and save a new password for yourself. You will see your user name and email address The password has to be minimum 6 characters long, because shorter passwords are weak and can be hacked with powerful computers. We also suggest you use Capital letters and numbers, too. To be on the safe side, I suggest checking what you've typed by clicking on the eye icon. (I'm not gonna help you with what to do with the empty checkbox that says "I'm not a robot" because robots may be reading this. :) Click the blue "Log in" button to save your new password and log in to iSLCollective.


I hope this clarification was useful. Actually, I think I'm going to put this on FAQ page for future reference. If you have trouble logging in or you don't receive a new password email, please don't hesitate to contact our support line at info [at] islcollective [dot] com.

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#200
I've updated our FAQ with a step-by-step guide and practical tips about registration and login.

What other questions we should address in the FAQ?

Thanks in advance for your ideas.
Peter
5 years ago
#201
reply to Kisdobos's post #200
Hi Peter,

Why not include mention of the importance of comments and thank yous. Remind the downloaders that all these free materials are a "labor of love" and were happily shared by the creators. Each worksheet and powerpoint takes an incredible amount of time to create from conception to completion. The only payment that the teachers who contribute materials receive are thanks yous and comments- so they are well appreciated!

Also include that whenever a fellow teacher finds an error- whether a typo or a genuine error- please use the tiny envelope and send us a PM so that corrections can be made.

Please add to the FAQ how to "edit your worksheet" - with screen shots. It would be very helpful to move the SAVE button for changes to materials near the "edit your worksheet" notice. Now you have to scroll down the entire page to find it- and possibly some members don't realize that.
5 years ago
#202
reply to kifissia's post #201
Good ideas, will do!
5 years ago
#203
reply to kifissia's post #201
Hi to you all!
Thanks Kifissia for mentioning thanks and comments, and when the team has time , could there be a little updat of the list of popular authors on the home page of the site , beacuse I had a look at some of them and some haven't contributed or even logged in for years. And an actual update in the numbers of favourited in people's profiles in the directory of members.Thanks for your hard work, cheers Sylvie
5 years ago
#204
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #203
You're completely right. Hugs
5 years ago
#205
Where's the FAQ hiding? Can anyone find it? Could it be moved to a more prominent position?
5 years ago
#206
reply to kifissia's post #205
I can't find it either! I searched for it everywhere, but I didn't find it.
5 years ago
#207
reply to kifissia's post #205
Hi, the FAQ is visible on every page, just scroll down to the bottom.
5 years ago
#208
Dear All!

The site is back online! :)

This past 18 hours or so was the worst outage of our 6-year history. We've had a bunch of serious problems with our servers, and it took us this long to get everything back up and running again. We know that this has messed up the classes a lot of you. We apologize about that. We did the best we could to fix things and keep providing you the free language teaching resources on iSLCollective.

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#209
reply to Kisdobos's post #208

Sorry Peter, for all your work already, but not all is Ok , because we still can't get ISL with Firefox, or with Safari with Apple and tablets. Hope you will manage to solve all these problems,

Thanks , Sylvie
5 years ago
#210
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #209
Did you try refreshing the page?
5 years ago
#211
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #209
ctrl + f5 will do wonders ;)
5 years ago
#212
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #209
ctrl + f5 will do wonders ;)
5 years ago
#213
reply to Kisdobos's post #210
Thanks for the advice it worked with ctrl +F5 yet , it doesn't with tablets and Safari, and there still seem to be other problems , since we can't upload NEW WORSHEETS, I have been trying several times , but it doesn't work, the last new ws dates from October19th!!
Sorry guy to bother you all!
Sylvie
5 years ago
#214
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #213
Hi Sylvie, on iPads try CMD+F5. Does it help? As for the upload problem, thx for the notice, we'll look into it.
Peter
5 years ago
#215
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #213
Upload is working again. It will take a bit of time for the program to catch up and generate all the previews, but it's working non stop.
5 years ago
#216
Dear All!

We've been notified by some authors that the Populars Authors listing on the main page looks a bit outdated. Indeed, so we've changed the algorithm creating the list to refresh every month. Congratulations to those authors who made it to this list!

Peter
5 years ago
#217

NEW FEATURE:
Mistake button on worksheet download pages


Dear All!

iSLCollective often gets the criticism that there are mistakes in many of the worksheets. I think that while, admittedly, there are more mistakes in our worksheets than in professionally created worksheets, our users love the amazing variety of worksheets, the creativity that goes into many of the resources and the fact that it all comes free of charge.

And since this is a community site, mistakes tend to go away over time, since users can notify the author of a mistake or typo, who in turn, can correct it and resubmit the file. Same as with Wikipedia, if there's an inaccuracy, it will be corrected by virtue of the community.

A new feature we just rolled out is intended to improve the process of correcting mistakes and typos in our worksheets. We put a "Mistake?" button on every worksheet download page (see below). If you hover the cursor over it, a mail writing form will roll down, and you can notify the author of the mistake from right there. The author will receive your message as a private mail. We already filled out the beginning of the mail, so you just need to type in what the mistake is. The system will then automatically insert the link to the particular worksheet in the mail, so you don't even need to bother with mentioning the title or URL in your mail.




There are two reasons why we developed this feature. First, with this visible button we wanted to remind users to participate in improving the worksheets on the site. Second, some colleagues point out mistakes in comments, but commenting is not a good way of bringing the author's attention to a mistake, because it may come off as ungrateful and impolite.

So please use the new "Mistake?" button to inform the author in a private mail when you find a mistake or a typo next time. Authors will appreciate if you point out a mistake, because they do care a lot about sharing quality resources. So besides writing a recommendation, pointing out a mistake is the second best thing you can do to thank an author for sharing.

Finally, let me encourage everyone to be accepting toward mistakes. The authors who share on iSLCollective lead a very busy teaching life, just like you, yet they spend their free time after teaching classes to create educational resources, tired from working all day, and it's easy to make a grammar mistake or typo in conditions like that. So let's just accept the fact that mistakes happen and always will, and let's point it out to the author when we find one, and let's all be grateful that there are so many talented teachers here who share their work with us.

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#218

New feature for authors:
Pinning comments and recommendations


From now on, if you're an author you can "pin" comments and recommendations that colleagues left on your worksheets. It's a great way of highlighting your favorite ones and the ones that you think are most useful.



How does it work?

If you're logged in, you can see the Pin button on the right of each comment, recommendation and usage tip. If you click it, it will be moved to the top of the list. You will be able to see the new order of comments if you refresh (=reload) the page. If you would like to look at your older comments, I suggest you keep pinning them continuously, and only reload the page when you're finished pinning.

If you would like to change the order of the pinned items, just click "Unpin" (which will remove the pinning), and then pin it again immediately afterwards, which will put it on the top of the other comments.

If you pin an item, the user who left that comment or recommendation will get an automatic private mail from us informing them that you pinned their post.

I hope you will like this new feature. As for me, now I'm gonna go to my own uploads and pin my favorite comments. :)

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#220
reply to Kisdobos's post #219
Congratulations to all 81 authors who have now become Honorary Authors. I agree they and many others do a fantastic job uploading their own hard work for the benefit of the rest of us. It's well deserved and great public recognition. As well as using some of their terrific worksheets, they have inspired and given me ideas on how to create my own. Well Done to all!
5 years ago
#225
Hi Peter & team,
I've just donated for your wonderful site ..& written a message ..BUT, terrible me might have missed something ! ( money = OK / message = ???? not to be found !!!)
Well...I guess the most important is that people donate & help you keep on with your great site !!!
Sorry if my message has been lost - somewhere...???
Best regards - & wonderful coming vacation & Xmas festivities to many of you!
Sylvie
5 years ago
#226
reply to liette's post #225
Hi, I did reply to your message, thanking you for your donation! Thanks so much again! Peter
5 years ago
#230

HONORARY AUTHORS ON ISLCOLLECTIVE IN 2015



Dear Colleagues!

It is my pleasure to announce that in recognition of their high quality worksheets shared on iSLCollective and unceasing commitment toward the site we've awarded the title of Honorary Author to 84 of our most popular authors (from all our language platforms).

They're among the top 0.01% of authors on iSLCollective, which we thought deserves official recognition.

Thank you ever so much for helping the whole world with your worksheets and your insight into teaching English, and thank you for making iSLCollective what it is today! Without you this site would be nothing. A big reason why so many teachers visit iSLCollective day by day is because of you, because your lessons are just as good or even better than those in textbooks created by professionals, and you've shared them freely. You're an inspiration to us all!

Congratulations to:



From now on, until they're a member, this title will be displayed on their Mypage and above their avatar whenever they post a comment or recommendation to a worksheet. We will also create a page on the site as a tribute to Honorary Authors. This status is for lifetime and expires only in the event of an Honorary Author deleting their resources from the site or quitting the site.

Our cut-off criteria was this:

min. 50 uploads
min. 500 favorites
min. 50,000 received downloads

The reason we decided to employ a combination of factors is because over a long enough stretch of time, it would be possible to collect 50,000 downloads with only a few uploads, but we think that the hallmark of an Honorary Author should be a continued dedication toward the site and our colleagues who benefit from their work, as manifested in sharing a wide array of worksheets, which get ample positive feedback in the form of Favorites.

Over time as we grow into an even larger community (this month we will hit the 1M user mark, and we 1000-1500 new users signing up every day), and it becomes easier to reach these figures (because of more people downloading and favoriting), we will raise the cut-off scores, but for now, it's gonna stay like that for a while.

There were some authors who were very close to achieving this recognition at this time: Icalvo, BNines, Goga, Errie, Sasu, Muse and others. We hope that this official recognition will motivate you guys even more to keep on sharing your work on iSLCollective. Once you hit the mark, you will be the next ones to earn the distinction of Honorary Author. Thank you to you, as well!

Of course, I'd like to motivate everyone, even those who have yet to share their first worksheet. Our best authors have set the bar high, but if you keep sharing worksheets that are useful for colleagues, and you keep improving them based on the feedbacks you get from them, you too can become an Honorary Author sooner or later.

Bless up,
Peter
5 years ago
#231
Can we see who has downloaded our worksheet?
5 years ago
#232
5 years ago
#233
What a pity, Christmas is gone! (and Christmas holidays...)
5 years ago
#234
reply to rmartinandres's post #233
Thank you to Lesleymisano who mentioned me, but the real appreciation should go to all the uploaders who generously give so much of their time and efforts into helping less experienced teachers and all they ask in return is a thank you.Also the the fantastic team who maintain this site, I can't find any better on the net. A happy and healthy 2016 to all the team and members.
5 years ago
#235
reply to adiri's post #234
Thanks, and we wish you a great start for the new year, too!
5 years ago
#236
Dear Colleagues!

We've reached a new landmark: as of January, 2016, there are



registered members of iSLCollective.com.

It took us 6 years to pass the 1 million mark. We are so proud that iSLCollective has become a household name that language teachers around the globe know. Reaching this milestone I can't help but start reminiscing about the journey we've travelled since our launch in October 2009.

Today we host about 80,000 uploads, and have about 50,000 teachers visit us daily. We see over half a million users check in at least once a month. But we had very modest beginnings. In the first year we had less than a hundred visits a day, and two years after our inception less than 500 a day. We started with zero experience, but on the way we've picked up a lot about what it means to run an (internet) startup. We had our fair share of obstacles to overcome like any other entrepreneur. First, we had to convince teachers to come join our mission and start sharing on an empty site. We're still grateful when we think about our early adopters who've been here back in 2009 and 2010. Then another challenge was to pay our bills from our pockets in the first few years while we were just a lesser known site, and hold out long enough until we managed to gather a loyal following who were willing to chip in financially and take responsibility for the site.

Our bumpiest year was 2013 when we managed 4 programmers to do a bigger revamping of the site. Here I learned there's nothing more tricky then asking coders to work with someone else's code. It was personally very straining for me to juggle being a full-time school teacher and manage a team of this scale at the same time, while having to deal with every user's every question personally. To make matters worse, 2013 was the year when Google decided to rank us lower in search results, turning us virtually invisible for a long while. Luckily, we're back in Google's favor again.

I recall that the single most daunting event in our history was when the authorities wanted to shut us down in 2014. Really! It so happened that they sent us two letters that we never got, so we failed to respond. According to a still effective law in Hungary, they were obligated to conclude that we were a non-existing entity. (What sense does it make, right? How can an entity that's paying taxes be non-existing just because of not responding to some letters?) Contesting their decision meant going through a procedure of several months while we were trying to prove that it was by fault of the postal services that we never received those letters. Eventually, we succeeded in our efforts, and were let off the hook, but man, it was a close shave, and I definitely got some grey hairs over this.

The past two years were marked by recurring hacker attacks, which kept disrupting our work. It made us realize that we've grown large enough to get on the map of the rogue guys. So we no longer have the luxury of not making anti-hacker security a priority. We have to go with the times, and adopt new technologies and keep tweaking the code to stay ahead of hackers. Of course, tweaking the code is a must for every website, and eventually the time comes, too, when the entire code has to be rewritten from scratch, because the old one becomes too outdated to work with any longer. That time will come soon for us.

If you ask me, if there's anything I'd like to see happen on the site, I just wish more people took the time and thank the authors for the downloaded worksheets. I know it sounds like a simple wish, but it's important. I know it's the same situation on other ESL sites, too. And there's a massive culture of free on the internet, which I love by the way, but it makes people take things online for granted. So I'd like to make our users more appreciative of free stuff on iSLCollective. Introducing the weekly reminders to users about writing two-line recommendations was definitely a step forward (and I hope the authors can confirm that). I know that everyone's in a rush, but I would like to move our culture still farther from being "touristy" toward more camaraderie, i.e. recognizing each other's work for its value. I firmly believe in education, so I think we will be able to make headway in this respect sooner or later.

Finally, we'd like to innovate on our sharing endeavour to reflect the reality of classrooms that are becoming increasingly connected to the web and increasingly more reliant on digital technologies.

So these are the challenges and aspirations for the future.

As you can see, it's been a bumpy ride sometimes, but it's been worth it for me. We've been getting a lot of positive feedback from you guys. If you go to our Donate page, for example, you can read more than a hundred testimonials from our sponsors about what the site means for them. For many, iSLCollective is a place to draw inspiration from each other, for others it's a life saver in case of unexpected events, e.g. when you have to sub a class and need something right away to take to that class. For those teaching in developed countries it has been a huge time-saver, while for those working in poorer countries it has become an indispensible substitute for expensive or simply unavailable coursebooks.

Thanks everyone for joining our mission and caring enough about your students to come here, and make the effort to go beyond what's required of you. Thanks to all those who have sponsored us over the years and let us cover our bills. And, of course, thanks to our authors, for sharing here without getting paid, just because you want to help others without expecting them to reciprocate. For me, that's the true definition of sharing. Sharing what you have with those in need.

You might have seen in the Facebook movie that they celebrated their first 1 million users with much fanfare and popping champagnes. I just wanted to reminisce a little on this occasion and get a bit more personal than I usually do. Although, I will not miss out on the champagne. So cheers!

In closing, I have the good news that we got around 3000 euros close to our goal. If you meant to chip in, but haven't done so yet, you can still make a donation with Paypal or your bank card. It's easier than you think. No hassle, you select pound, euro or dollar, then your bank will charge you in your own currency, and you will become part of a special club, that of iSLCollective sponsors.

Keep up the good work!

Bless up,

Peter Laszlo
iSLCollective Co-founder,
5 years ago
#237
reply to Kisdobos's post #236
Congratulations, Peter and your team! It's easy to imagine the amount of work that goes on to maintain the site. You certainly deserve your - delete as appropriate;-) - glass/bottle of Champagne! Well done, sir!
Lynne
5 years ago
#238
reply to MrsFrobisher's post #237
Well well well 1 000 000 WOOOW!! congratulations , but not too much champagne , please , we need people to look after this site!:)))
hugs from freezing Normandy!!
Sylvie
5 years ago
#239
reply to Kisdobos's post #236
Congratulations! Well done!

I'm not in the least surprised - excellent site!

Regards Janet
4 years ago
#240
Dear All! We've rolled out the new design on desktops, tablets and mobiles. Please be so kind and shower us in all sorts of feedback - cold and hot. :) Initially we just wanted to improve our horrible look and user experience on mobile and tablet, but then we decided we would need to change the desktop version, too, to have a site design that's consistent and easily recognizable across all devices. I am hoping that y'all will be more inclined to check out iSL not just on your desktop but also when you're on the road or on vacation and just have access to a mobile or tablet. The improvements that I am the proudest of: 1. Larger and more crisp previews on main page, search results pages. We make much better use of the available screen real estate. On tablet and mobile you will notice that a single preview fills the entire screen when you're holding the device "standing". And it's beautiful sharp with even small letters easy to read. You can also rotate the device to see a multi-column view if you'd like to overview more results quicker. 2. New headline and new search field We did away with the clutter in the menus and the top of the page focusing on what we see is the most important to everyone: the worksheets. That's why the new main menu lists only the three types of content. We've hidden the rest of the menus in a "hamburger" menu in the top right corner. Just to be on the safe side, we've left the Login/Register buttons visible next to the hamburger menu to make sure that those not accustomed to hamburger menus can still get into the site. Once you log in, the Login/Register buttons will switch to your avatar, which you can click to access your MyPage profile. We also highlighted the Upload function as a standalone green button to encourage more people to upload their own worksheets. While we kept the original logic and display of the search filters, we placed a large type field below the main menu to dominate the look of the site. You will notice how we also made the letters larger when you start typing. There's still a lot of things to improve, e.g. in the inbox, upload and edit forms, etc. Actually, had been working on the new design for three months and it was a gruelling process that cost a ton of money, and we were just eager to put out something finally. We'll be fixing the remaining cca. 30 items on our list this week. If you have any design suggestions or notice any bugs, please let me know. We appreciate any feedback from you! Enjoy using the new site! Bless up, Peter Laszlo
4 years ago
#241
reply to Kisdobos's post #240
Dear Peter and team I love the new look, the front page is awesome, the worksheets are really clear and can be read without having to click on an individual one. Also a lot of adverts have gone, I hope this doesn't impact on the site financially but it does look a lot better. I can see that a lot of hard work must have gone into creating and implementing the new look but it is amazing. Well done to everyone involved.
4 years ago
#242
reply to adiri's post #241
Thanks a lot, adiri!
4 years ago
#243
reply to Kisdobos's post #240
Dear Peter and team, many thanks for updating the site. I figure out it is hard work and for someone like me who knows nothing about technicalities..........Yet I miss the notice telling you you have comments or messages just when you log in , without having to click on the menu. But anyway many thanks for everything. Cheers from very wet Normandy! Sylvie:))
4 years ago
#244
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #243
Hi Sylvie, The quick notifs were not intended to go away, nor any other existing function. It is a software bug that we will find and fix soon. Thanks for the notice and your patience.. Peter
4 years ago
#245
reply to Kisdobos's post #240
Hi
I reconigze , our website has had some change. But I can't search the details topic as before. Please, show me the way I can do that. ( I can't find the icon Go or Search )
Thank you.
4 years ago
#246
reply to caydang89's post #245
Dear Colleague,


Please click on the magnifying glass icon to find your preferred worksheets.

Best wishes,
Zsuzsa
4 years ago
#247
Dear authors,

It took us almost one week, we ran into all sorts of technical difficulties, but we managed to deploy the new most downloaded daiky section (which I renamed to Most downloaded printables yesterday).

I am looking forward to your feedback about it.

Bless up,
Peter

PS
Upload working again.
4 years ago
#248
reply to Kisdobos's post #247
Thanks Peter and team
Yet how come that in the Most downloaded printables yesterday , there are contributins in other languanges?
Thanks for all your efforts
Sylvie
4 years ago
#249
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #248
It's a bug. Will be fixed. Other than the bug, how do you like the new section?
4 years ago
#250
reply to Kisdobos's post #249
We fixed the bug. Now the new daily best section is fully functional.
4 years ago
#251
reply to Kisdobos's post #250
Thanks dear Peter and team, it seems to work fine now and this new section just looks fine. Thanks for your efforts. Cheers Sylvie:))
4 years ago
#253
reply to sylviepieddaignel's post #251
The upload got stuck several times today due to someone trying to upload some mega multiple hundred page documents. To all authors: please refrain from sending such long docs. ISL is not meant to host ebooks, and it just floors our preview generation program.
Thanks
Peter
4 years ago
#254

The new X button


We added a new X button to the search field. Clicking it will clear your previous search settings (any previously selected filters and what you typed in).



We have been testing it and it seems bug-free, but if you run into any problems with it, please write to our support desk at info [at] islcollective [dot] com.
4 years ago
#255

Improved See more links


Some of you have pointed out recently that it's hard to notice the link that takes you to the full list of Newest resources ("See more" link). To increase the visibility of the See more link, we increased its font size, and added an extra See more link below the Newest section.



Bless up,
Peter
4 years ago
#256

Login with email address


We know it's difficult to remember your login name to all the websites you use, since you can't always stick with the same user name across different websites, as someone else may have already called dibs on your preferred user name. We run into the same problem ourselves on other websites.

Therefore, to help casual users log in with less hassle, we developed a new feature: if you prefer not to use your Facebook or Google account to log in but your user name/password combo, from now on you can also use your email address (the one that you registered on iSLCollective with) instead of your user name.

We hope this will make logging in even easier to a lot of folks.

Bless up,
Peter

4 years ago
#257
Dear All,

I am happy to present the brand new iSLCollective video lessons to you! You can bring Youtube and Vimeo videos to the new iSLCollective video lesson editor and create interactive quizzes for them. You can try it if you click on Upload/Create a video lesson. We made the editor super easy to use, but if you need any help with it, you can go to the iSLCollective Video Lessons Support Center that will guide you through the process in easy-to-follow steps, complete with animated gifs to illustrate each step of the process.

Once published, your quiz questions will show on top of the video, with the video pausing while the students are answering the question.

Soon I hope we will have a huge library of superb video lessons that hundreds of thousands of colleagues will be using in their classes the world over.

Have fun creating video lessons during the Christmas Holiday!


Bless up,
Peter

4 years ago
#258

NEW MYPAGE MENU


Dear All,

Today we've rolled out a new mypage menu:



We've received a lot of complaints from users that it's hard to find your favorited resources in your Mypage. To remedy that, a bit earlier we had broken up My Resources into My Favorites and My creations.

Now we continued with pulling off a bunch of items from the dropdown menu and just leave the most important there. (You can still access all the functions in your mypage if you click on any items in the Mypage dropdown menu)

Besides, we've added icons next to the menu items to aid you in finding what you need with visual cues.

Finally, we now also display a status bar on the top of the menu to give you an up-to-date feedback on your membership type (Free account or Sponsor), along with your username (useful for those who haven't uploaded an avatar for themselves).

I hope you'll like the new Mypage dropwdown menu. If you have any suggestions for other improvements, please let us know.

Bless up,
Peter
4 years ago
#259
Dear Colleagues,

Due to an error download and print functions don't work both on main page and search result page.
Documents still can be downloaded at detail page of the worksheets.
Our technical colleagues are working on it.
Thank you for your patience.
Zsuzsa
4 years ago
#261
reply to Zuzu12's post #259
The error is fixed, the download and print buttons are working properly.
4 years ago
#262
reply to Zuzu12's post #261
Good day. I love the site. Unfortunately, this error (printing) doesn't seem to be fixed for me. Even after closing my tab and re-opening it again. Any idea? Thanks, Marc
4 years ago
#263
reply to Taruko's post #262
Hi, we've got the fix for this bug. It's gonna come online hopefully today. Until then, you can download the worksheet and print it from your computer. Sorry about the inconvenience.
Peter
4 years ago
#264
reply to Taruko's post #262
Hi, the online printing bug has been fixed.
4 years ago
#265
reply to Kisdobos's post #264
Hi Peter and the team,
Just to say, I really like the new system: you can be sure your worksheet gets a really good showing, so it's fair. I particularly like the new way the worksheet of the day is selected as it stops the top spot always being taken by the same set of authors and I think this is good for the site. Well done on sorting that one!
4 years ago
#266
reply to MrsFrobisher's post #265
Thanks, I'm glad you think it's fair.
4 years ago
#267
Hi Sylvie,

Thanks for asking! Upvoting means you like the worksheet, and want to express your appreciation for it. Downvoting is a way to express that you dislike the worksheet, because it has e.g. grammar mistakes or for any other reason.

Since colleagues are not really using the Favoriting button, we wanted to introduce a new, simple way for users to express their evaluation. After a short while, we will introduce a new sorting option in worksheet search, Most voted, so you will be able to search by votes. That's why voting is not l'art pour l'art, but serves a valuable function: help select the best worksheets on iSLCollective.

How it works:
You can upvote (the total vote count increases by 1), downvote (total vote count decreases by 1). You can withdraw your vote at any time, and cast it again using the other button., e.g. after mistakenly clicking the wrong button, or realizing later that there are some gross mistakes in the worksheet.

We hope a lot of users will express their opinion of worksheets this way.

Feel free to share any feedback with me concerning the new voting feature.

Bless up,
Peter


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