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How to Fill up the Best Resources Library

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The Best Resources feature is available only to schools created before April 2024.


The Best Resources section is an organized library of links/resources that you can share with your users. It uses a catalog structure and a quick navigation component so that your users can easily sort through the library and find the resources they are looking for. Users can always mark a resource as "Favorite" or start a discussion on it. 


In this article, we will learn how to activate, fill up, and customize the Best Resources library.


Activate the Best Resources app

To activate the profile page, navigate to Settings Learning AppsApps Configurator and click on to activate the Best Resources App.


Fill up your Best Resources Library

To start organizing your Best Resources library, navigate to SettingsLearning appsBest resources.


You need to begin populating your Best Resources section with links to valuable resources. Start building up your repository by following these steps:


1. Add a top-level category (optional).

To add a new top-level category within which you will add your first link (you can use one of the pre-made categories):

1. Click on the + (plus) icon. You can also add a new category by clicking on Add Category

2. Write the title and the description of your top-level category and click on Add.


2. Add a subcategory.

To add a new subcategory:

1. Click on the category you created and click the plus icon to add a subcategory.

2. Provide a title and description for your subcategory and click on Add.


3. Add resources links.

1. Browse to the subcategory you have created and click on the plus icon to insert the desired link.

2. Add the title, URL, and a short description of your resource.

If you wish to see the fetched images and get a Preview of the resources you have added, click on the top Preview button. Those images are automatically fetched from the respective external link's metadata information. 

If you want to edit any existing content, click on Edit (pencil icon).


Access the Best Resources Library

To grant access to the Best Resources for your logged-in users, consider including the corresponding topbar link within your After Login topbar or in any other button or element.


- To add the Best Resources library as an option at the topbar, click on the topbar navigation menu and:


a.  Use one of the pre-ready After login topbar links.

b. Create a new link by following the steps here. Make sure to choose the Apps → Best resources as an on-click option.

- To add the People Directory app in a button or element, choose the desired button or element, click on Actions and choose the Apps → Best Resources as an on-click option.


Customize your Best Resources page

Hide the default metadata images

There can be a case when you wish to completely hide the metadata images fetched from the links/resources you added. All you need to do is add in your school's Custom Code <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e social, profile, workpad, my account) the following snippet:

.slug-workpad .basic-card-image {
display: none;
}

All the fetched images will then be hidden.


Hide the Twitter icon

Additionally, you may want to hide the Twitter icons.

In that case, add in your school's Custom Code <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e social, profile, workpad, my account) the following snippet:

.slug-workpad .basic-card-caption-but-wrapper .tweet-action {
display: none;
}

Hide the Red ribbons

You may want to hide the default red ribbons on the corners:

Add in your school's Custom Code <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e social, profile, workpad, my account) the following snippet:

.slug-workpad .ribbon-corner-right{ 
display: none;
}
.slug-workpad .ribbon-corner-left{
display: none;
}

Hide the whole cards

To hide the whole cards add in your school's Custom Code <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e social, profile, workpad, my account) this snippet:

#wpWrapper {display: none;}

Users will see no cards but will still be able to choose the resources on the left catalog menu.


Hide the My Notebook cards

To entirely hide the My Notebook Best Resources option add in your school's Custom Code <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e social, profile, workpad, my account) the following snippet:

#workpadWrapper .ilistviewcontents> .ilistitem.first-level-card:first-child{
opacity: 0;
}
#workpadWrapper .ilistviewcontents> .ilistitem.first-level-card:nth-child(2){
margin-top: -85px;
}

Offer Downloadable Material

If you wish to offer downloadable material in your Best Resources, you can upload the respective file/document to an external cloud service like Google Drive.


Ensure your file's visibility in Google Drive is set to "Anyone with the link." If it's set to "Restricted", then only people who are logged in to Google and have been granted access to the file will be able to open the direct link. Once you upload it, make sure it is public to everyone and copy the shareable Google Drive URL (e.g https://drive.google.com/{aaaaaaa}/view?usp=sharing) and paste it into your Best Resources. Users can open the file in Google Drive and download it to their devices.

If you wish the users to click on the file via the Best Resources and download it directly, then you can transform your Google Drive links to direct download links here.

  • When you perform a search via the search bar, it returns results from the Best Resources and the Daily News app.
  • To change the order of the resources, you can edit them and add numbers [ i.e., 1), or 1.), or 1. ] at the beginning of the title of each category.
  • Best Resources is a feature not available on Mobile Apps.

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