If your interactive consists of one single file, you can create it right in the PBS LearningMedia admin tool.  You must first add an interactive media file and then use that to create a primary asset.  This section demonstrates how.  (warning) This functionality is permissions based.  If you do not see the same screens that are displayed in this section, you do not have permission to add an interactive.  Contact your site admin with any questions.

Add the interactive media 

  • From the Admin dashboard, click Interactives on the left side navigation menu (Figure 1).

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  • In the Name textbox, type a name for your interactive media file (Figure 2.1).  It's a good idea to give your media file a similar name to the name you assign to your interactive. 
  • In the Content project textbox, begin typing the name of the content project to which this interactive belongs (Figure 2.2).  A list of content projects matching what you type appears.  Click the content project you want.
  • Click Browse next to Interactive File to search your computer for the Flash file you want to use (Figure 2.3). 
  • The Language for interactives is English by default.  Click the dropdown menu to select a different language (Figure 2.4).
  • Click Save and continue editing (Figure 2.5).

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  • Your file is saved (Figure 3.1).
  • Click the Create dropdown menu and click Asset (Figure 3.2).

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Create the asset

You must now create an asset to hold your interactive media file.  Create your asset in the normal way (choose Regular asset, not Pointer) but in the Metadata section be sure to:

  • Type Interactive in the Asset Type textbox (Figure 1.1)  
  • Click the Media Type General dropdown menu and click Interactive (Figure 1.2).

This designates your asset as an Interactive.  See steps for creating an asset

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Create the resource

Once you have created the asset for your interactive, you must now create the resource that will surface on www.pbslearningmedia.org. 

  • Click the Create dropdown menu and click Resource (Figure 1).

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  • The content project field is auto-populated (Figure 5.1).  This is the content project that you selected at the beginning of the interactive creation process.  You can change it at any time, however, you have already added your media to this content project so it's a good idea to be consistent.
  • In the Title textbox, type the title of your interactive (Figure 5.2).  Make it something that is relevant to the subject matter.
  • Click the Type dropdown menu and click One Primary Asset (Figure 5.3).
  • The Resource code and Slug will auto-populate when you save the page (Figure 5.4).  There is no need for you to manually enter either of these fields.
  • Click the Geo restrictions dropdown menu if you want to restrict your interactive to specific viewing areas (Figure 5.5). 
  • Click Save and continue (Figure 5.6).

Note about Geo restrictions:

The default is None which that means your interactive can be seen by everyone.  Choose North America to make your video available in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  Choose United States to restrict viewing to the United States only. 

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  • Your information appears (Figure 5.1). 
  • Click Show next to Primary Asset (Figure 5.2).

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  • Type the name of your asset in the textbox provided and click Search (Figure 7.1).
  • Click the radio button next to the asset you are adding (Figure 7.2).
  • Click Add Asset (Figure 7.3).

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  • All of the asset fields appear (Figure 8.1).  Click the title of the asset if you want to view the original asset (Figure 8.2).
  • Click Show next to Metadata (Figure 8.3). 

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Grades and Audience are required in order to save your interactive.  Short description, long description, and Curriculum Hierarchy are required to publish your interactive.

  • Fill out all of the fields available.  Even though all fields are not required, we recommend you fill out as many as possible to offer your users as much information about your interactive as possible.

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  • Click Save and continue (Figure 9.1).  We recommend saving your resource periodically.
  • Click Show next to Curriculum Hierarchy (Figure 9.2). 

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