A study group for teachers using YouthVoices.net with their students.
Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. Students are invited to join Play Youth Voices to learn more about being a power user of the site. Teachers will also find tasks to support them in their use of the site.
Registering Students and Adding Them as Members [Feb. 7, 2012, 11:54 a.m.]
First thing, of course, is that you have to register. Then let us know that you want to add students by emailing email@example.com or Post a Comment to this Task or Post a Message on our course wall. We'll give you access to Admin pages you need to add and to manage your students's accounts.
Each user of Youth Voices must have a unique email address. You need to collect your students' email addresses and make some decisions about usernames.
Many of us who use Youth Voices also use Google Apps for Education which allows you to provide students with a standard gmail address and Docs and more.
Other teachers prefer students to have their own Google accounts.
Please use a simple name-based option for usernames. We suggest that you use whatever username standard your school might already be using for other projects.
Some use First Name+Last Initial
Others prefer First Initial+Last Name
Still others add the graduation year (eg. 15+First Name+Last Initial)
Once you figure out the email situation, you can start adding students by putting them in under Admin Options / Add users
Once students are registered on the site, you have to go back to Admin Options, click the box next to each name, go to Bulk Operations, and click "Add to Member Role." Then students can post discussions and they will have access to their profile pages.
Finally, if you could add the a line in the Bio box for each student it will help us to identify where they come from. Just add a simple sentence like: "I'm a student at Windsor High in Windsor, Colorado" We can always do this later too.