School Loop Groups can be created by teachers, administrators and staff to facilitate communication and collaboration. Example uses for groups include extra curricular activities, special interest groups, departments, curriculum planning, and parent organizations. The goal of all School Loop Groups is to collaborate with others to plan and implement projects, carry on discussions and share resources.
Creating a Group
All groups must have a staff sponsor. Any teacher or staff member in the school can create a group.
We've organized the groups for your school into a sortable table format.
To find and look into a group:
- Click the title heading to sort by that column. Click the title again to sort in the reverse direction.
- Click your group to go in and see files, add discussions, etc.
Adding and Deleting Members
The membership of a group can be composed of any combination of students, parents, teachers and administrators. Individuals from outside the school community can be given an Associate account in School Loop; a role with Group privileges but no access to student information, so they too can participate in Groups as necessary.
Each group's membership is also listed in a sortable table. Removing members is easier than before. Take note of the "View Former Members" link on the right.
Any member of a group can add other members, making the maintenance of group membership a shared responsibility.
- Click the Members (View, Add or Remove) link in the group toolbox.
- Follow the on screen directions to either add new or remove existing members.
- You may select members from among the registered users of your School Loop site.
To add members from different lists (e.g. Teachers and Staff), click on the names you wish to add from one list, select a different list (right), check more names, and then click the Add button. The system will remember all the boxes you've checked.
Group News and Events
When a group member logs into their portal, group news appears on their portal homepage and group events are included in their personal calendar.
Each posted news item or event may include attached links and files.
If your school is using School Loop’s website tools, members may request that group news and events be added to the school’s homepage.
To start a discussion, click the New button from the Discussion area of the Group’s homepage.
All Group discussion threads appear in the Discussion area of each member’s portal. All members of the group may read and reply to any or all group discussion.
For each post or reply to a group discussion, members receive an email.
If members choose, they may opt out of the email notifications for group discussions by following these steps:
- Click the View All button in the discussion area of the group homepage.
- Select Receive Replies by Email or Opt Out of Email Replies.
Even if members opt out of email notification, they may still view and participate in all discussions from both their Portal Page and the Group homepage.
A group project can be started by any member of the group. Projects are essentially a special type of discussion with a specific time frame.
To create a project click the blue Start Project button and fill in the details.
Group projects are listed on each member’s Portal Page.
The Group locker is for the mutual benefit of all group members. Like all School Loop lockers, files and links may be stored and organized into folders. Group members may upload and access all resources in the locker. To add resources to the group locker, hover over the blue Save Resources button and then choose to add a file, link, or folder from the drop menu.
Administrators and the group’s creator are the only persons who can delete a group. The Delete Group option will appear in the group Toolbox of those individuals.