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What’s Secondary Box? What is a Public Resource? How can I find Public Resources of interest to me? What are Boxes? What can I do with a Public Resource? What if I love a resource that is not yet included on Secondary Box? How can I add a new online resource from my computer? How can I add a new resource directly from my tablet? Can I upload a resource that I have as a file? What can I do with my own resources? How can I make one of my resources public? How can I categorise my resources? What is a related resource? And a linked resource? How can I complete or change my profile? What is the icon next to my username? How can I close my Secondary Box account?


What’s Secondary Box? Secondary Box is a website designed by Cambridge University Press that allows you to have all your favourite ELT web resources in one place.

With Secondary Box, you will be able to:

Browse
We’ve gathered a wealth of online ELT resources for Secondary learners and teachers, and categorised them so that you can find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

Collect
Whether you’re browsing the Web for new ideas or looking at what’s already available on Secondary Box, adding resources to your account is very simple. With just one click, you can follow resources created by other users or add personal favourites from your own Web searches.

Organise
We want to make sure you don’t waste time looking for the resources you need over and over again. That’s why you’ll be able to organise them in your Boxes and categorise them according to your teaching needs.

Share
If you have a favourite ELT resource, why not let everyone know? Share it by making it Public so everyone can access it.

What is a Public Resource? Public resources are online ELT resources that Cambridge University Press or other users have shared with Secondary Box. You can add any Public Resource to your Boxes.

After you’ve added it to one of your Boxes, you just need to click on Go to link or Download to start using it.

How can I find Public Resources of interest to me? All Public Resources include a brief description of what they are and are categorised and tagged according to different criteria.

If you click on Filter Resources, you will be able to select resources according to your needs. You can also search for a particular keyword within the name and the description of the resource.

What are Boxes? A Box is a ‘container’ where you can store and organise your favourite online resources. You can create as many boxes as you like and name them as you wish.

If you want to give your students access to one of your own Boxes, you can share it with them. This will provide you with a url address where they can see the content included in it without having to create a Secondary Box account.
You can also delete any of your Boxes when you no longer need them.

But you won’t just have access to your own Boxes! You can also follow Public Boxes to keep up-to-date with any new resources that their owner adds to them, and sort the resources inside a box alphabetically, by ‘last added date’ or by popularity.

What can I do with a Public Resource? If you like a Public resource, you can add it to any of your Boxes with the button ‘Save’. You can save it in as many of your boxes as you like.

You can also share it with other people on facebook, twitter or by sending them an email with the link to the resource.

And if you love it, why don’t you let the owner know by clicking on the ‘Heart’ button? You can also send a private message to the owner or let Secondary Box know if you see anything wrong with a public resource.

What if I love a resource that is not yet included on Secondary Box? Not a problem! Secondary Box allows you to create online resources of your own, add them to your Boxes and even share them with others by making them public.

How can I add a new online resource from my computer? There are two ways to add a new resource: using the ‘Box It’ button and directly from the Secondary Box website.

a) Using The ‘Box It’ button
If while browsing the web you come across a resource you love, the easiest way to include it in one of your Boxes is with the ‘Box It’ button.

The ‘Box It’ button is a tool that you can add to your browser’s toolbar to collect and add resources to your Boxes while browsing the Web. Follow these instructions to install it.

Once you have the ‘Box It’ button on your Toolbar, just click it when you find something you want to keep. You will get a screen like this, where you can save the resource in one of your Boxes directly by clicking ‘Save’ or take the opportunity to include a description by clicking on ‘Add details’.

Once you’ve saved it, your resource will be included in one of your boxes and it will show the image of the original resource.

b) From the Secondary Box website
You can also add new online resources from the Secondary Box website by clicking on the ‘Add Resource’ button and copying and pasting the url address for the resource.

The image of the resource will come up automatically in a few seconds. While it is uploading, you can give your resource a name, a brief description and decide in which box you want to put it.

How can I add a new resource directly from my tablet? To add resources while browsing the web with your tablet, follow these instructions.

Can I upload a resource that I have as a file? Secondary Box is designed to give you access to online resources. Currently we don’t store files from users.

What can I do with my own resources? Once your resource is in one of the boxes, you can move or copy it to another one of your boxes, so you can have it in as many boxes as you need.

As with the public resources, you can also share it on facebook or twitter or you can send it by email to your friends.

Finally, you can also delete it when you no longer need it… or make it public for everyone to see!

How can I make one of my resources public? Our aim is to have as many interesting resources as possible in Secondary Box, so we would love for you to make your resources public! If you want to make one of your resources public, just click on ‘Make public’. Secondary Box will check the resource and if it’s considered valid it will appear as public.

Users will then have the chance to like your resource and follow your boxes (only the ones with public resources).

Remember to include a brief description and tags for any resource you want to make public. This will help others find what they’re looking for!

How can I categorise my resources? Besides including them in different Boxes, you can also write a customised description of your resources and categorise them with several tags according to the type of resource, level, its focus, etc.

What is a related resource? And a linked resource? A related resource is one that shares some of the features with the resource you’re seeing at the moment, which means that it might also be of interest to you. For example, if you’re looking at a resource tagged as Grammar, Vocabulary and CLIL, we will also show you other Public Resources tagged with any of those categories.

When several resources are linked it means that you can’t use them without each other. For example, you can have a lesson plan as one online resource, and the audio files required on a separate resource.

How can I complete or change my profile? Once you have an account, click on your username at the top of your screen and this will lead you to your Profile details with all the different sections where you can complete or change your Profile:

Personal Details
Teacher Profile
School Details

What is the icon next to my username? This ‘Bell’ icon will tell you when you have new messages on your Activity screen. When the bell is orange, it means that you have a new message from Secondary Box and by clicking on it you can access your messages directly.

How can I close my Secondary Box account? Go to this screen and click on Deactivate Account. You will still be able to view resources but you won’t be able to create your own, have Boxes, or comment on the ELT Blog.



If your question isn’t included in this list, please send us an email to info@thesecondarybox.org.