As the leader I wanted to empower, guide, prompt through open, accessible and useful communication channels.
First priority was to create a website. I used Joomla version 3.1 Bought my domain name harbee.org at Telstra and signed up with Panthur Web Hosting. Installed these Joomla free extensions that worked - plenty didn't were:
- K2 (This blog is built on K2) Blog Tool.
- Kunena Forum tool (Great to create a closed Forum so we can use names and protect privacy)
- POWr Poll.
The Joomla CSV template I used was is "Beez Kneez" and it seems the most readable with white background and light blue writing.
I created unique user names and passwords for the 3 students, the 2014 teacher and one for ASG co-ordinator. The students have moderator rights and are able to author, edit and delete work. The students did not need to register or submit an email address to protect privacy.
- when a user makes a post I am alerted because the mailer daemon bounces the bogus email address to me
- the student doesn't receive an silly email receipt (waste of email inbox space.)
- I get automatically alerted about who has posted, time of day and date.
- I only have to go to website and respond when I get that bounced email and know what sort of activity is happening online.
Social media will help I believe (Set these up early and be active. People appreciate news and there is plenty of interest generated over the award and trip to USA):
- Facebook and Messenger - excellent for people interested in your progress. Not good for students.
- Skype - great but difficult too set up. NOTE: Get a Skype address and don't use Facebook, Outlook, Live or MSN profile!
- Google docs - fantastic for joint authoring - NOTE ensure when you share the link, tick the little box that says "can edit". Users can then just go to internet and start altering document. Very quick
- Instagram and Twitter - not very useful. Probably will be good for quick posts in USA.