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    Tessa Gray
    One tip a week
    21 July
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    Kia ora te whānau, as we're all new to this space, I thought I'd add one top tip a week - to help you get the most out of edSpace as an online professional community.

    Tip #1:


    Grey faceComplete your profile. If your profile is complete - with first and last name, details and an image this will enable others to connect with you more easily.  Once you've done this, sit back and watch the friend requests roll in!


    # Tip 15


    Question marks If you want people to talk, then ask them a good question. We're in this community together in the pursuit of changing education for the better.

    What's one trend/issue/concern/gripe/need/question we all share that's common to us all?

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Dec 1

        # Tip 15


        Question marks If you want people to talk, then ask them a good question. We're in this community together in the pursuit of changing education for the better.

        What's one trend/issue/concern/gripe/need/question we all share that's common to us all?

        • Tessa Gray
          By Tessa Gray
          Nov 17

          #Tip 14


          If you own a group, how frequently do you engage with your participants and do they have the information on how to be a good participant?

          For example:

          • Do they know what a good participation looks like? ie: Open to sharing information about themselves, asking questions, offering support for others, sharing resources, delving deeper into discussions.
          • Do they know they don't need to be an expert to participate?
          • Do they know what 'tone' to use when they participate?
          • Do they know how long a post should be, to self-disclose information about themselves and reveal their emotional state when they ask a question?
          • Do they know how to share rich resources and embed content?
          • Do they know good questions are better than good answers?
          • Do they know the 20% of topics which account for 80% of discussions?
          • Do they know who’s in charge and who to contact for help?
          • Do they know who else to connect with, that will help them with their learning or mahi?
          • Do they know what fun in learning looks like?

          If the answer is no or you want to know more,  then feel free to make contact me and we can co-construct a strategy that works best for you as a community group manager. smiley

          • Tessa Gray
            By Tessa Gray
            Nov 10

            Tip #13

            You can get more creative with your posts by embedding content - images and hosted videos. You can either click on Embed content and upload an image from your computer or click on  Image logo  and insert an image url or address and have this hosted from the Internet.


            An easy way to embed video is to grab the embed code from the host site (Vimeo, Youtube etc), type 'ZZZZZZZZ' where you want the video to be placed in your post, click on Edit Html and paste the code to replace ZZZZZZZZ'. Click Visual editor to keep writing or press Save or Reply.

            For more support, see: Instructional video: Embedding media files

            • Tessa Gray
              By Tessa Gray
              Nov 3

              Computer angst Tip #12

              If you're a group owner and your invited group members aren't receiving their edSpace notifications, then:

              • Get them to check spam in their email account
              • Contact Tessa to process user validation 
              • Invite them using another/personal email account
              • Talk them through the process in person

              Image source: Pixabay

              • Tessa Gray
                By Tessa Gray
                Oct 27

                Tip #11

                Anyone can create a group in edSpace - school, kura or Kāhui Ako (CoL). We've created a mock-up group to show you how to use one yourselves.

                Kāhui Ako mock up image

                Kāhui Ako mock-up space

                You and your colleagues can streamline your work together through a secure group portal (closed group), rather than having these spread out across various emails, blogs, social platforms etc.

                You can increase transparency and productivity by sharing events, documents, admin tasks, resources, and most importantly, thought-leadership. You can collaborate together by addressing common goals through shared blogs, learning conversations, resources and more. This is all archived in one safe place - and it's FREE!

                If you want to know more, feel free to message your community facilitator, Tessa Gray.

                • Tessa Gray
                  By Tessa Gray
                  Sep 29

                  Tip #10


                  If you want to create a group, contact our online facilitator, Tessa Gray to activate your account.

                  If you have created a group you can invite participants to join in several ways.

                  1. You can find people and make them your friends (if they are edSpace members). From your group home page, go to the bottom right hand side, select your friends and invite them to your group
                  2. You can also invite people who are not in edSpace already by scrolling down to the bottom right hand side and click on Invite someone who isn't your friend on this network yet. Add email addresses in the top field (one per line) and add a personal note to join your group in the bottom field. This generates an email to them and invites them to join.
                  3. Or you can email folk to join your group directly using the group url (once it's made). If it is a closed group, they will need to request membership. Notifications come into your inbox and then you will need to click on the link to accept them.
                  • Tessa Gray
                    By Tessa Gray
                    Sep 22

                    at symbol# Tip 9

                    By now you will have noticed edSpace is a social platform for educators to talk to each other. As well as sharing resources, we can share opinions, ideas and experiences.

                    A great way to connect with others, is to acknowledge what others have said and build on those comments when you contribute your own thoughts and observations. 

                    To do this personally you can add @username to the comments as well. For example, Tessa Gray

                    • Phebs
                      By Phebs
                      Sep 15

                      Thanks Tessa I will have a tuu over the weekend. put my fisrst pic into a discussion korero so feeling "onto it" hehe



                      • Tessa Gray
                        By Tessa Gray
                        Sep 15

                        #Tip 8

                        Easiest way to embed videos, docs, website, infographics etc into your discussion comments, blogs, pages or events, is to click on edit HTML and embed 'iframe' code. For example: Here is some code for you to use. Substitute the XXXX with the URL from YOUR own video, doc url etc and change the width and height to suit.

                        <iframe src="XXXX" width="460" height="265"></iframe>

                        Click Visual editor and an iframe box should appear. Now click save or reply. You can also click on the pencil to edit.

                        For more help, see Embedding media files.

                        • Tessa Gray
                          By Tessa Gray
                          Sep 8

                          # Tip 7

                          You might be wondering why would you be engaging socially/publically with other educators in edSpace, when you could have the same kōrero at school. 

                          Communities of learning like edSpace and the VLN offer opportunities beyond your own school for like-minded educators to share experiences, expertise, ideas and resources. It's like having an even bigger staffroom with new friends and colleagues to share with.

                          Find out more, How can learning online impact teacher practice?

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