Resources Documentation

Resources Documentation Guide

The Oregon Educator Network has a Resources section that allows educators to share their favorite resources as well as discovering new resources. Resources on the OEN might be a webpage somewhere on the internet, a file that someone has uploaded, or a video from YouTube or Vimeo.

Anyone who visits the OEN can search the resource collection and any OEN member can add resources to the collection. Resources can be tagged by grade level, content area, district or organization, and user-generated topic tags.

Searching for Resources on OEN

Step by Step

  1. Click the Resources button on the home page or click Resources in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
  2. Use the Search box on the right side of the page to fill in as many details as you would like for your search. It’s best to start out with a broad search and then add terms to narrow the search if there are too many results.
    1. Search Resources Field: This field can be used to enter any terms that might be in the title or description of the resource.
    2. Grade Level dropdown menu: This menu can be used to find resources specific to a grade level. You can also set this menu to search for Professional Development resources, or leave it set to “Any” to search for resources tagged with any grade level.
    3. Content Area: This menu can be used to find resources specific to a content area. You can also leave this menu set to “Any” to search for resources tagged with any content area.
    4. Type: This menu can be used to search for specific types of resources. This can help you narrow your search to more quickly find things like Apps, Games, or Lesson Plans.
    5. Standards: This field is a user-generated tag field. That means that users on the OEN can tag resources with a specific standard that they address. Standards tags typically start with the abbreviation for the set of standards, such as NGSS for Next Generation Science Standards. It is best to begin typing in the field, and then wait for options to appear below the field. If you type NGSS, several standards will appear below the menu. Continue typing until you see the standard you wish to search for.
    6. Topics: This field is also a user-generated tag field. It works similarly to the Standards field. Any topic can be added by the user who tagged the resource. This is a good place to try specific keywords that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
    7. Sort by: This field allows you to change the order of the resources that appear in your search results. By default, resources appear by post date, with the resources posted most recently appearing first. You can also sort the results by name in alphabetical order; or by rating, which shows the highest rated resources first.
  3. After filling in your terms in the search box, click Apply or hit enter on your keyboard to perform the search.
  4. If you don’t find what you’re looking for the first time, try different search terms! We all think and categorize things differently, so it may take a couple of tries to find what you need.

Adding a Resource to OEN

Before adding a resource to OEN, it is a good idea to search the collection and find out if someone else has added it previously. Try searching for the resource by name and by any abbreviations that it might go by. If your resource is not on the OEN, follow the steps below to add it.

Step by Step

  1. Click the Resources button on the home page or click Resources in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
  2. Click Add New Resource on the right side of the page.
  3. Title: Type the entire title of the resource.
  4. Description: Provide as much information about the resource as you would like. You can include information such as the author or creator of the resource, how the resource is licensed, whether or not there is a cost to use the resource, and information about how it can be used with students. (Text formatting in this field is done with markdown formatting. Documentation on markdown formatting is available here.
  5. Video URL: use this field if you are embedding a video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. Click the “Add another item” button to embed multiple videos.
  6. Attachments: Use this field to upload a file to the resource. File types that can be uploaded include txt, docx, pptx, xlsx, pdf, png, jpg, jpeg.
    1. Click the “Choose File” button to find the resource on your computer and select the file you would like to upload.
    2. Click the “Upload” button to finish adding the file.
  7. Web Page: This field is used for adding the webpage where the resource is hosted.
    1. Title: Add the title of the website or resource as you would like it to appear. This will make the URL into a clickable text link.
    2. URL: Paste the URL into this field.
    3. Login checkbox: Check this box if the website requires a username and password in order to access the content.
  8. Image: This allows you to associate an image with the resource. This will help other users find the resource may easily. Images draw people’s attention - if you use an image, other users will be more likely to click your resource!
    1. Upload: This allows you to upload an image from your computer to set as the image. View the Image Editing Tips page for information about editing your photo or image to prepare for using it on the OEN. Reminder: Only add images that you have the rights to use.
    2. Remote URL: This allows you to link to an image found elsewhere on the web. Paste the URL of the image to set it as the resource image.
    3. Select One: The OEN has an image bank that you can use to associate with your posts on OEN.
  9. Grade Levels: This allows you to tag your resource with the grade level that it supports. If your resource is not grade level specific, select All Grade Levels. If your resource is for professional development, select Professional Development.
  10. Content Areas: This allows you to tag your resource with the relevant content areas. Select all that apply.
  11. Topics: This allows you to create your own topic tags that relate to your resource. Tip: use terms that are common in education to help others find your resource more easily. Examples: chronic absenteeism, after school program, behavior management.
  12. Related Standards: This allows you to tag your resource with a specific learning standard.
  13. Type of Resource: Select one of the options from the dropdown menu that best describes your resource. This will help others narrow their search to the type of resource that they are looking for.
  14. Click Save at the bottom of the page once you have completed entering information about your resource.

Editing a Resource

If a resource that you contribute to the OEN needs to be updated or becomes obsolete, you can edit it to update or delete the resource. How will you know if you contributed a resource? On the resource page, you can look for the "Submitted by ____" line under the description. If you notice that a resource is out of date and someone other than you was the contributor, you can click their name to go to their profile and send them a message. From the user's profile page, click the Contact button on the right side of the page, then fill out the form and request that they provide an update to the resource. Be sure to include a link to the resource for reference. You can also use the Contact Us button at the bottom of any page to send a message to an administrator for help requesting that a resource be updated.

Follow the steps below to edit and update or delete a resource that you contributed:

  1. Navigate to the resource's page,
  2. Click Edit on the right side of the page,
  3. To update to a new version of the document:
    1. Scroll down to the attachments section and click remove,
    2. Upload the new document,
    3. Update any other information, such as the description, website URL, or tags,
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click save.
  4. To delete the resource:
    1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Delete,
    2. Confirm by clicking Delete again on the following page. Deleting a resource cannot be undone.