Quick Start

The first thing to do to have full access to the site is Register.

After registering and verifying your email address you should be logged in, if not Login.

Now you can browse Materials, Download Materials, Rate Materials and Save Materials

If you want to find materials quickly you can Search or Filter

Remember to click on the title or image of the material you are interested in to get a detailed view - View a Material

You can also Create Materials and Edit your Materials

This should get you going. If you want more details check the index above


Menu bar

The menu bar is located at the top of the screen. It looks different on mobile and is not visible to begin with. On mobile you have to hit the icon in the top right hand corner with three bars on it to open the menu. See the pictures for both desktop and mobile menu bars.

The menu is like a navigation panel. It allows you to see different areas of Materials Share. You are now in the Start Here area. Have a look at the other areas you can visit. We will take a look at each in more detail further down the page.

Click or tap on any menu item to go to that page.


Materials

The materials page is where you view all materials created and currently shared

The materials page gives you brief information about each material, such as: title, objective, level, the textbook it can be used with and a picture of files associated with the material. You can click on any material to get the full details.


View a Material

By clicking Materials button on the menu bar you will get a list of all the materials currently available on the site. If you want more detail on a particular material click on its title. This will bring you into the material's page. From here you have many options.

If you are not logged in you can browse the material.

If you are logged in:

If you own the material you can edit or delete the material by clicking the appropriate button. You can also make the material public or private.

If you are not the owner of the material you can save the material in your My Materials page by clicking the save button. You can download the files the accompany the material. You can also rate and leave comments about the material.


Search

As the collection of materials increases it will become more difficult to just browse to files you are interested in. A search function has been implemented on the site to aid in finding a material specifc to you needs. Just key in a word such as "family" and Materials Share will search it's database for materials containing the key word.

Search is located on the menu bar. Just type a relevant word and hit enter. All the materials pertinent to the search query will be displayed.


Filter

Filer is similar to search in that it reduces the number of materials into something more meaningful. However, filter reduces by a number of factors at once. Say you want a material for "Level 2", which lasts "10" minutes and involves "speaking", then you can set these filters and only find materials with these attributes.

The filter button is located at the top on the materials page. Click it to see the filter criteria. Choose your criteria and hit the "start filter" button to see your selection.


Register

Registering is free and gives you many benefits. Registered users can: upload, edit and download materials; save new materials to their "My materials" page and rate and comment on materials

Registering is easy. Click on Register on the menu bar. You will back teken to a form. Fill out all the details requested. Please use a strong password one with numbers letters and characters longer than 8 characters is a good password. Click the submit button. You should see a new page asking you to check the email address you have registered with. Please check for an email from Materials Share. The email should contain a link. Click on this link to activate your account. You should now see your "my Materials" page. You are now logged in.


Login/Logout

To login or logout simply click on the appropriate button in the menu bar. Login will require that you are registered and the email address and password you chose when you registered. When you login you will be taken to your "My Materials" page.


Private / Public Materials

All materials can be made public or private. Materials public or private status can only be changed by their creator/owner. Making a material public means it can be viewed, searched for, filtered to and/or saved in the "Materials" page. If the material is made private only you, the creator of the material can see it in your "My materials" page. You may wish to make materials that are not complete yet private.


Rate Material

If you are logged in you are able to give a rating of 0-5 (including half) hearts. To do so go the the detailed view of the material you want to rate (find material and click on its title). From here you can select as many hearts as you want for the material and then hit the "rate" button to register your opinion. You can change your mind and re-rate by using the same method at anytime but, you can only vote once. After your vote the hearts display the average value of the votes, not your vote.


Save Material

Materials can be saved to your "My Materials" page from the "Materials" page or from the detailed view of a material. If you are logged in simply click the "Save to my materials" button to save or "Remove from my materials" to remove. Once a material is saved you can easily find it again in your "My Materials" page.


Download Material

If you are logged in you may download materials. To do this go to the detailed view of a material (click on the title from "My Materials" or "Materials" pages). In the detailed view you will see a download button under the image of the attached files. Click this button to start the download. Please note this may take a while depending on your internet connection speed and the size of the file. Also not files downloaded are at original file size not reduced as you see on the preview.


My Materials

My Materials is your home page. It is where all the materials you have created are stored. It can only be accessed by you the owner when you are logged in. Materials that are private can be worked on from here. Materials can be made public (or private) from here too. All your saved materials will also be here.


Create Material

To create a material you must be logged in. Creating a material is a two stage process. The first stage is to chose the attributes your material requires. The second stage is to provide details about those attributes. Please note you can edit a material and add attributes to it or update it at anytime

Stage one: choosing attributes- To create a new materials hit the "New Material" button. A new screen will lead with a number of buttons. Each button represents a different attribute of your material. You may choose as many or a few attributes as you require. There is a "?" which will give you more information on each attribute if you require. Hover over the "?" (or tap on mobile) for extra information.

Perhaps if you are in a rush you may jut choose "files". You could take a quick picture with your phone and give the material a title and you would be done. Later you could edit the material and fill out more details. Or, as a conscientious uploader you may chose to complete all the fields in one sitting.

Stage two: complete the form - for each button you selected in stage one, one of a number of different input type tools will be displayed. Please try to complete these as best you can. You can always edit them later if you make mistakes. Once all the fields are complete press the continue button. If there are no errors in the form you will be taken to the "My Materials" page where you should see your recently created material.


Edit Material

To edit a material you will need to be logged in. You will need to be in the detailed view of the material. You need to be the creator of the material. Click the "Edit" button to edit. This will take you to a menu similar to when you created the material.

There are two columns (one on mobile) The first column shows the current attributes of the material. To edit them click on the button to select the attribute to edit. The right hand column (below on mobile) represents available attributed you may want to add to your material. Click any attributes you wish to add. Note if you click again on the attribute it will deselect.

When you have chosen all the attributes you want to add or edit click the "continue" button at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the form for making you edits. Once you have completed the form click continue to finish. You will be taken back to your "My Materials" page where you will see the edited material.


Print Material

If you wish to print any material you can press the "CTRL" + "p" on your keyboard. This will open the print service of your browser where you will see a modified version of the material designed for print. Follow the instructions for printing. Please note with attached files it is highly recommended to download these files and then print off. Low quality images are used for fast load times on the website.