What's new in the forums

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Welcome to the TES forums where the teaching community comes to let off steam, swap ideas and ask for advice.

If you’ve never used the TES forums before, start in our Welcome forum where you can explore how to start topics and reply to threads. You’ll also find moderators on hand to help if you are stuck.

What’s new in the forums

Welcome to the TES forums where the teaching community come to let off steam, swap ideas and ask for advice.

If you’ve never used the TES forums before read our Getting Started guide and then take your first steps in our Welcome forums, where you can meet other new members.

If you’re already a user of our forums, you’ll find that we’ve added a host of new features designed to make the forums easier to use. The guide below takes you through some of the new areas:

Why has a picture box appeared next to my posts?

You’ll see that next to each of your posts your username appears along with a picture. The image or avatar is part of your new TES profile. Click on this image and you’ll be taken to that user’s profile.

The Profile is an exciting new feature that allows you to network with other teachers, find friends and share resources.

To set up a Profile you first have to log in, if you’re an existing user, or register, if you haven’t already signed up with TES Connect. Once you’ve logged in you’ll find a panel appears on the right hand side – this is your Profile Panel (see the screen below).

What’s happened to my hotlist?

Don’t worry we haven’t lost all the saved forums you’d put into your Hotlist. You’ll find this data when you click on the Forums button in your Profile Panel. Click on the Manage Hotlist button in that panel to see all your saved threads.

A Remove link appears at the bottom of each post and allows you to delete items from your Hotlist.

You can also go directly to the specific Staffroom by clicking on the link next to Remove.

To set up a Profile you first have to log in, if you’re an existing user, or register, if you haven’t already signed up with TES Connect. Once you’ve logged in you’ll find a panel appears on the right hand side – this is your Profile Panel (see the screen below).

You can also go directly to the specific Staffroom by clicking on the link next to Remove.

If you have several threads stored in your Hotlist use the Sort by: option at the top of the Hotlist to change the order by forum, date created or last post.

How do I find out more about other contributors to the forum?

Click on the picture next to any post made on the forums and this opens up that users’ public profile. Depending on how much information the user has made public you can see details of what subject they teach, where they teach, previous job roles and how long they’ve been teaching for. You might also be able to see their Friend list, resources they’ve uploaded and their favourite articles, resources or forum posts. For more details on how Profiles work click here.

Get the latest discussions as web feeds

A feed, also known as an RSS feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It’s often used for news and blog websites but you can also set up forum discussions as feeds. You can add a whole subject area as a web feed (for example all the discussions on the maths forum) or you can add specific thread/discussions as feeds.

To set up a feed just click on the orange square RSS icon next to the name of the thread (see below).

You can now rate discussions

If you think a specific discussion is particularly useful or interesting you can rate the thread so it appears in our Hot Topics list. You’ll see the stars next to the name of the thread, just click on the appropriate number of stars.

You can now add smileys to your messages

Simply click on the smiley icon in the message toolbar and pick the smiley to match your mood.