May 10, 2013
Here is a step by step guide to help you set up a Google Plus community. You can use this virtual environment as a collaborative space for your class where you can share resources and initiate discussions with and among students.
On your Google Plus home page, click on ” communities ” in left hand side and then click on ” create a community. “
Now choose whether you want your community to be private ( only members you invite can join ) or public.
If you set it for public , make sure to select the permission setting : ‘no one can join’ or ‘yes a moderator needs to approve’
Provide a name for your community then click on ” create community “
Click on ” pick a photo ” as is shown in the screenshot below and download your photo
Type in some descriptive words to tag you community
Write a description about your community. Let others know what it is that you talk about in this community and invite them to share and join in the conversation
Now start adding your categories. For instance, you can add a category for lesson plans, another one for tutorials, ….etc
Once you are done with your editing click on done. You can always re-edit your community features at any time you want by clicking on the action menu.
You can use this feature to start a video hangout with your students or colleagues.
You can easily create an event to share with others by simply clicking on ” create event ” button. Provide the title of your event, the date, location , and details of your event. You can then invite your friends either through Google Plus or by sending them emails. You can also host your event on Google Hangout.
Use the sharing buttons to share links, photos, videos…etc.