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Using Groups to network

Groups are a great way to meet, discuss, share and connect with like-minded members.

User Guide
User Guide

Groups are the best way for you to engage with like-minded people within this International Schools Community. 
What is a Group?
Use Groups to find out more about something that interests you; for example, you may have just moved to a school in Latin America, so you can join the relevant Group to find out more about teaching and living in this area of the world.

The benefit of joining a Group is that we can tag stories and events to a Group where relevant. All members of each Group get a regular email summary of the stories, events and conversations tagged to that Group – so you only need to log in when something catches your eye.

If there is something you are interested in and we don't have a Group already, you can contact the Community Manager and ask us to create your Group. Groups are a great way to network. For example, we currently have Groups for each area in the world, but you may want to set one up for your City or Country... Just let us know.
Setting up your own Group
To use an example… You may have just moved to Dubai and want to do more exercise, but are nervous about doing this alone, so we can help you set up an ‘Exercising in Dubai’ Group and invite all members living in the area to join. Groups don't have to be about work – you can set them up for fun things too!

We can make you Group Administrator for your new Group and members can then share suggestions of things to do and even dates/times/locations for going for a run or joining a gym (click to see our ‘Using Events to Network' Guide).
Groups we have already set up
We have already set up some Groups that you might want to join, but please message the Community Manager to discuss your own ideas for any new Groups.
Interest Area Groups
  • Teaching Maths
  • Teaching English
  • Teaching Arts & Design
  • Teaching Humanities
  • Teaching Science
  • Teaching Languages
  • Teaching Other Subjects
  • Digital Learning
  • Traditional vs Progressive Education Debate

Geographic Location Groups
  • Teaching in Africa
  • Teaching in Asia Pacific
  • Teaching in Caribbean
  • Teaching in Europe
  • Teaching in Indian Subcontinents
  • Teaching in Latin America
  • Teaching in Middle East
  • Teaching in South Africa
Why would you set up your own Group?
Using the example of the exercise Group in Dubai – you could, of course, set this up on Facebook or any other social media site, but the benefit of setting it up on this Community site is that all members  have a common link, which is teaching or working in an international school. You are also able to view their profile to verify their identity.
What happens if you make me a Group Administrator?
As a Group Administrator you will ultimately be able to decide who joins the Group, who posts notifications on the Group's wall, and which stories are posted to the Group page.
Alternatively, after discussion you may decide to make someone from your school staff a Group Administrator instead, or in addiiton. We can do this as long as they are a member of the Community site and we have their permission.
What Group Administrator rights do I have?
Group Administrators have special privileges within a Group. Once you have been tagged as an Administrator for a Group, when you visit the Group's page, you will be able to see this button.

Please get in touch. Click here to message the Community Manager and ask to set up your own Group today. 


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