Your profile is where other LinkEngineering members get to know you. Creating a great profile is simple.
A picture not only livens up your profile and the site, it helps others in the community connect you with your questions, answers, comments, and other contributions. You don’t have to use a photo of yourself, although that usually works best. We just encourage you to use something that is unique.
To add a photo to your profile, edit your profile and then click on the “Profile Photos” tab. You can also get to the photo upload screen by clicking on the pencil icon located on your profile or banner picture.
Use the pencil icon to select an image for either your portrait or profile banner. The upload image tool will appear. Use the browse button to search your computer and select a picture: it will show up in the left box. Large images may take a moment to load. There is a 4MB size limit on each photo uploaded.
You can click and drag to select an area of the image to use. A preview of the final image will appear in the box on the right. Click “Done,” and your picture will be saved. We encourage you to update your profile banner when you add a portrait.
If you experience problems building your profile, please “Report An Error” using the link at the bottom of the page. If you need more help or have specific questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your bio is an important part of your profile. Members looking for people with similar backgrounds or expertise in a specific area will check your bio. If your profile doesn’t have one, you may miss opportunities to connect with other members.
LinkEngineering bios should tell people a little bit about your experience and a little about what you hope to get out of your involvement with the community.
If you already have a short biography of yourself, start with that. You can simply cut and paste the text into the bio field on your profile.
Every profile should include a valid email address. This is the primary means by which members communicate directly with each other and how LinkEngineering staff keep you informed about important changes to the site.
Including a phone number and address is equally valuable. If you are uncomfortable sharing these details with the community at large, you can use the privacy settings to make this information available only to staff.
You control to whom different parts of your contact information are visible. You will see privacy settings below individual fields that control how that items is to be displayed. By default, all information is available to other LinkEngineering members (but not the general public).
Your profile is a record of your community involvement. Every question, answer, comment, review, and resource you contribute to the site is linked to and displayed on your profile. The more active you are, the more powerful your profile becomes.
If you are feeling intimidated, start small. Find a member who has had success with something you would like to try and ask them a question about how they got started. Or write a review for a useful resource that you found on the site. The Question of the Week is another simple, low-stakes way to share your ideas and becomes an active site contributor.
Eventually, we hope that you will submit resources to the site. Resources on this site are lesson plans, other websites, videos, documents, and events that deal with engineering in preK-12 education. This page on submitting resources to LinkEngineering will help you get started.