Creating Shortcuts (Administrator)

Our Creating Shortcuts tutorial will help you to learn how to set up shortcuts for SharePoint and Waffle.

Installing the Teacher Dashboard 365 App

Adding the Teacher Dashboard 365 App to your site from the SharePoint store

Teacher Dashboard 365 is an 'app' that is available from the SharePoint store. The SharePoint Store is a public marketplace that you can access directly from a SharePoint site where you can buy apps from third-party developers for personal or organisational use.

To add the Teacher Dashboard 365 app to your site, you must have at least Full Control permissions for that site. If you are a Site Owner, you already have this permission.

Screenshot of Teacher Dashboard 365 in the SharePoint store

  1. On the site where you want to add the Teacher Dashboard 365 app, go to Settings Settings button > Add an app.
  2. On the Your Apps page, click SharePoint Store in the left-hand navigation.
  3. Type 'Teacher Dashboard' into the search box and click [Enter]
  4. Click the app you want to add.
  5. The Teacher Dashboard 365 app needs to be granted permissions to access your site. When you are asked whether you want to trust the app, review the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Statement from the app developer, and then click Trust It.
  6. The Teacher Dashboard 365 app will now appear on the Site Contents page. You can access the Teacher Dashboard 365 by clicking it on the Site Contents Page.

Creating a Teacher Dashboard 365 Shortcut on Your SharePoint Site

Step 1: Locate the Teacher Dashboard 365 app, and copy the link location to your clipboard

After installing the Teacher Dashboard 365 on your site, you'll need to locate the app icon in order to copy the link URL that will be used to generate a shortcut. To do this, first click on 'Sites' in your SharePoint environment.

Screenshot of 'Sites' SharePoint environment

From here, click on the 'Team site' icon. As the app was installed in the 'site content' area for this example, we will click on 'Site content' link in the bottom left. However, the actual location of the app will vary depending on where it was installed on your site.

Screenshot of 'Team Site' environment

Once you've located the Teacher Dashboard 365 app, right click on the app, and select 'Copy Shortcut' (on Windows) or 'Copy link location' (on Mac). This will copy the URL of the app into your clipboard.

Screenshot of 'Copy Shortcut'

 

Step 2: create a shortcut on your Sites page

Return to the sites page, and click on the 'Manage' link in the top left.

Screenshot showing 'Manage' link

Click on 'Add a promoted site' to open the shortcut modal. Give the shortcut a title (e.g 'Teacher Dashboard 365'), and then paste the URL in your clipboard into the 'Link Location' field.

Screenshot of shortcut modal

The 'Description' and 'Background Image Location' fields are optional, so you don't need to fill them out. However, if you want your new shortcut to display with the Teacher Dashboard 365 logo, paste the following URL into the 'Background Image Location' field: http://www.teacherdashboard365.com/TDAppShortcut.jpg

If you have already created a shortcut, and wish to use it to start the Teacher Dashboard app, click on the existing shortcut icon to open the shortcut modal, and change the Link details as per the step above.

 

Step 3: That's it! You're done

That's all there is to it. When you return to the Sites page, you'll see you new shortcut ready for use.

Screenshot of Teacher Dashboard 365 icon on SharePoint

Creating a Student Dashboard Shortcut on Your SharePoint Site

Step 1: create a shortcut on your Sites page

Go to the sites page, and click on the 'Manage' link in the top left.

Screenshot showing 'Manage' link

Click on 'Add a promoted site' to open the shortcut modal. Give the shortcut a title (e.g 'Student Dashboard'), and then paste the following URL in your clipboard into the 'Link Location' field:

https://teacherdashboard365.com/portal

Screenshot of shortcut modal

The 'Description' and 'Background Image Location' fields are optional, so you don't need to fill them out. However, if you want your new shortcut to display with the Student Dashboard logo, paste the following URL into the 'Background Image Location' field: http://www.teacherdashboard365.com/SDAppShortcut.jpg

 

Step 2: that's it! You're done

That's all there is to it. When you return to the Sites page, you'll see you new shortcut ready for use.

Screenshot showing Student Dashboard icon on SharePoint

Creating a Waffle Shortcut for Teacher Dashboard 365

You can now either add Teacher Dashboard 365 to every user's waffle, across the whole tenant, or you can do it on a per user basis.

 

Add app tile for all users

As the tenant administrator, click on the waffle in the top left corner and the go to the Admin menu.
Screenshot of admin icon

Select 'COMPANY PROFILE' from the left menu and then select Custom tiles.

From here you can click on the + icon and fill out the popup form with the below recommended details:

  • Tile name: Teacher Dashboard 365
  • URL: https://teacherdashboard365.com
  • Description: Teacher Dashboard 365 [or what ever description you want to add]
  • Image URL: http://www.teacherdashboard365.com/TDWaffleIcon.png

Screenshot of 'Add Custom Tile' popup form
Click on Submit.

The application will now display on every users Waffle menu.

 

Add an app tile on a per user basis

As the tenant administrator, click on the waffle in the top left corner and the go to the Admin menu.
Screenshot of admin icon


Under Admin, click on Azure AD

 

Once in Microsoft Azure, under all items, click on the name of your directory and click on 'APPLICATIONS'. This will take to you a list of all of the applications that have been installed on your Office365 tenant. From here you can click on the Teacher Dashboard 365 App and then go to 'USERS'.
Screenshot of user list

For each user that you want to see the Teacher Dashboard app, click on their name and then click on 'ASSIGN' at the bottom of the page.

Creating a Waffle Shortcut for Student Dashboard

Accessing Student Dashboard

Your students may access Student Dashboard by going directly to the URL: https://teacherdashboard365.com/portal.

 

Setting up a Waffle App

If you want to set up a link from within your waffle menu you need to be logged in as the tenant administrator, click on the waffle in the top left corner and the go to the Admin menu.
Screenshot of admin icon

 

Select 'COMPANY PROFILE' from the left menu and then select Custom tiles.

From here you can click on the + icon and fill out the popup form with the below recommended details:

  • Tile name: Student Dashboard
  • URL: https://teacherdashboard365.com/portal
  • Description: Student Dashboard [or what ever description you want to add]
  • Image URL: Add your own logo so that your students know they are accessing Student Dashboard or enter http://www.teacherdashboard365.com/SDWaffleIcon.png to add the Student Dashboard logo.

Click 'Submit'.

 

Finally, click on the waffle again and go to My apps. Locate the Student Dashboard tile. Click on the ellipses and Pin the tile to your app launcher.
Screenshot of Student Dashboard being pinned to Waffle
The application will now display on every user's Waffle menu.