Groups

Groups help people to focus on an activity or a subject matter. Groups are used for collaboration, communication, sharing resources, scheduling, and capturing group knowledge. Sports teams, school clubs, parent volunteers, school departments, all use groups to achieve their goals.

Joining a group

To see a list of all public groups, click Find More.

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Enter any group in this list by clicking on the group name. Clicking +join will add the group to the Groups area of the home screen.

Types of Groups

Currently, a regular group, a team, and a club share the same set of features. These groups have conversation area, a Knowledge Base, a Calendar, and a Library.

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The Professional Learning Community adds a Course Plan area. Teachers can jointly create multiple course plans and use the contents of the course plan in any class.

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Creating Groups

It will take you longer to decide on the group name than it will to create the group. Only teachers and school administrators can create groups. Students cannot create Groups.

To create a group, do the following.

  1. On the home screen click My Groups.
  2. Click the Create button.
  3. The Create Group form appears. Choose a name and click Create Group. The group is added to your home screen.

You can change all group settings, even the name, through the Group’s Setup form at any time.

The group is added to your home screen.

About the Group Setup form

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Create Group and Setup form

Name Choose a name for the group.
Type Regular Group, Club, & Team have the same functionality. Professional Learning Community includes a Course Plan.
Moderators Type in the names of additional Moderators. You don’t need to invite moderators, as the group is automatically added to the home screen.
Group Icon Choose your group’s icon by clicking Browse and locating a suitable jpg or png file from your computer. The image file will automatically scale to the dimensions of the group icon. If you don’t choose an icon the standard group icon will be used.
Invitation Only If you want to choose who can join your group, check this box.

Permissions

Invite People Controls who can invite other people to this group.
Make Posts Controls who can post Notes and reply to Notes.
Reply to Posts Controls who can reply to existing Posts, but not create new Notes.
Edit Knowledge Base Controls who can create, edit, and delete Knowledge Base entries.
Edit Calendar Controls who can create and modify calendar events.

Academic Info

Subject If groups are included in report cards, setting the subject will ensure the correct report card template is used.
Grade If groups are included in report cards, setting the grade will ensure the correct report card template is used.
Enable Attendance Attendance can only be enabled if the group includes members. Only student names will be included on the attendance sheet.

If you created the group or have the Invite People permission, you can invite people to join the group and remove people from the group.

Adding and removing members

To invite people to the group, click Invite and type the names of the invitees:

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The invitees will see the group on the home screen.

To remove other people from the group, expand the member list and click Remove.

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