Custom Menus can be added to GuidedPath - but only if you have them turned on and configured. View the article on how to add Custom Menus to your GuidedPath menu bar. There are restrictions on which sites you are available to add (secure https:// sites and sites that have not been blocked).
If your favorite website is not secure or is blocked from displaying, you have other options. You can add them as a link from the Resources section.
Use your custom menus for information you want to be readily available to your students and advisors.
1. Appointment Scheduler
There are many tools available that allow you to set up your available and free time on a calendar. Students can then request an appointment during your available time. Many of these tools provide a "sync" capability with your google calendar. Some of these tools are free, while some are a low monthly cost - or have a add-on fee for premium features. There are MANY out there. Try them out and pick one you like!
Some of the tools we have used:
2. Add your favorite career planning tool.
Note: to add YouScience to a GuidedPath custom menu, use this unique URL:
3. Get Paid!
Although you can't add the paypal login page directly (it is blocked), if your own (secure) website has a paypal button on it, you can add the url to that page.
4. Add a map to your business location.
Although you can't use the google map or mapquest "share" link in the GuidedPath Custom Menu, you can use the part of the "embed" code they provide to create your url.
For example, the google maps embed code for The White House is:
<iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3105.153124658402!2d-77.03892358496294!3d38.897613554537145!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x89b7b7bce1485b19%3A0x9fc7bf09fd5d9daf!2sThe+White+House%2C+1600+Pennsylvania+Ave+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20500!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1476302316493" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Copy the info between the quotes (highlighted in green above) to get the url to use in GuidedPath.
In this example, you would use:
5. Add a "view only" calendar.
Keeping track of local college fairs? Financial Aid Seminars? Essay or Application workshops? Keep those on a "public" calendar and add the link here.
You will need to modify the embed code as explained in example 4.
6. Link to your Blog!
Have great advice on college planning? Add your link to your blog to easily share with your students. Your blog needs to be on a secure website with the https:// at the beginning.
7. Link to your secure website.
You can add your own website if it is a secure website - and begins with https://
If it does not, you can add a SSL certificate to make it secure. Check with your website hosting provider for details on how to add this.
8. Add Financial Websites
9. Add Scholarship websites
10. Add Forms or Surveys
11. Add Summer Programs or Job Info!
12. Transcript sites!
13. School College Planning Tool
- Naviance (url depends on school)
14. Time Tracker
- Toggl - stopwatch type timer to track the time you spend on your projects and tasks.
15. Google Drive Folders
- Link to Google Drive folders for quick access to document for either advisors only or to share with families.
- The Google Drive directory should be shared (within Google) with any users that will need access to those documents. You can also share it only with advisors and then make a subdirectory for each student.
When you use a Google Drive shared url, there are a few "tweaks" to make to the url before putting it into the Custom Menu.
For example, when I "share" my Google Drive directory, I get a link that looks like this:
It must be modified to look like this prior to using it in the Custom Menu area:
** change the word "open" to "embeddedfolderview" and add "#list" to the end of the url.
Here is the link to the knowledgebase article on how to configure your Custom Menu.
I added my google drive to my Custom Menu, and it looks like this: