Google+ Communities Tutorial

Brief Summary:  Google+ Communities is a place where individuals are able to create, find and join groups that suit their interests.  Committees can be public or private and if private, members are able to post content and engage in discussion with other members within that community.  

Follow the steps outlined below to create a new Community:

  1. To create a Communities page, you must be logged into your Google account.  Click on the grid on the upper right hand corner of your Google page.  

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  1. From the grid, available Google Apps will appear. Click on G+.

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  1. This will take you to the Google+ homepage.  Once there, click on HOME to begin creating the community that you will moderate.

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  1. Here, you will see communities that you have joined and others that you may be interested in joining.  It is also where you will find the clickable tab to CREATE COMMUNITY.

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  1. This next step requires you to make some decisions.  You will have to choose between creating a public community or a private one.  A public community will be seen by everyone, whereas the activity within a private one is limited to just the members in the community.  Another implication of these two privacy settings is that anyone can join a public community, but a private community requires an invitation to join or an accepted request.  Choose carefully because once you have selected the privacy setting and created the community, you will not be able to go back and change this setting.

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  1. Once you have decided on the privacy setting, if you will be asked to select a name for your community. Be sure that this title reflects the essence of your community.  This is especially important if your community is public because anyone who wishes to join should be able to decipher the focus of your community by its title.  
  1. If you are creating a private community, you will also be asked to choose the extent to which your community will be visible.  Choose between hiding it from searches (this is especially good for classroom communities) or allowing individuals to request membership.  Click CREATE COMMUNITY.
  1. You are almost ready to begin moderating this community, but first, there is a bit of OPTIONAL setting up to do:  You may add a descriptive tagline, choose a photograph, discuss the focus of your community in the ABOUT section and add discussion categories.

79. Examples of Discussion Categories for classroom purposes may include dates, unit or book titles. This is a great way to organize the content within this community so that users will be able to easily navigate the community and find information.

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10.  It is time to begin inviting members to your community. If you are using this with students, simply type their names or email addresses, as well as a comment inviting them to join and click SEND.

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11. If at any time you wish to adjust settings and notifications, click on the appropriate icons and you will adjust as necessary.  

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Below is a video tutorial:

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My Story

John 15 5

The story of my life is being crafted through my relationship with God.  Through prayer and purposeful living, I try to be present in every moment and live in a way that draws on my faith and reflects my beliefs.  As a child, I was taught about the interconnected nature of my life with a higher power and also with my family.  I feel like John 15:5 captures my life’s story perfectly because it is in God’s presence that I find my strength and comfort.

I chose this image to reflect my story because it is one that is very special to me.  On the morning of April 17, 2012, I went out to my front yard with my camera in  hand and took pictures of all the new and beautiful signs of spring.  That afternoon, I received a call that my grandfather had passed away.  This photograph, with the date stamped on it, is hanging in my family room.  Every time I look at it, it’s a reminder of the comfort that God gave me even before I knew I needed it.

“Again”

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Ends and Beginnings

Times filled with Sorrow and Anticipation

They are my favorite things

I am 12 years old and I am leaving my home

I am leaving my friends, my school

and moving to New York City

But as I leave, I am also leaving behind

the rich smell of food from my grandmother’s kitchen

the arms of my grandfather during my times of sorrow and times of laughter

the neighborhood women who sit and talk and sit and talk during lazy afternoons

the lessons of my Sunday school teachers.

I have arrived and I am ready to begin

Excited about my first day of school

But then disappointed when I find myself alone

Tomorrow will be better

Girls ask about my family and where I am from

I hide

They ask about what I am eating that smells so weird

I hide

Hours spent trying to lose my rhythmic accent–

the one that mimics the waves near the shores

where I walked with my mother

I succeed

at speaking like everyone else

at dressing like everyone else

at acting like everyone else

But I don’t feel like anyone else.

Now, when I put my daughter to bed

or when we make dinner together

or when I hug her during her times of sorrow and times of laughter

or when we sit and talk and sit and talk

I tell her about the girl who left, arrived and got lost

and then found herself again.  

by Reggina Kailan