No, there is no requirement that any staff member build or maintain a group on Connect; however, your individual job responsibilities may require that you access information or groups on Connect. According to the current contract, all certificated employees must have a professional, up-to-date web presence by September 1, 2012. While Connect is the only web-hosting option provided by and supported by the Issaquah School District, certificated employees may use any web-hosting platform they wish (such as Google Sites, WordPress, or Weebly) to fulfill the contract language. More information about this required web presence—including compensation and items that must be included on the group—is in the current contract under “Web presence expectations for Certificate staff” (p. 21).
All employees automatically have an account on Connect, and you can start building your group(s) by attending a District training session. Register for a scheduled Connect training, gather a group of 12 or more at your worksite to organize a new Connect training, or contact us for more options.
Yes, you have three options:
First and foremost, you will need to create a new sub-group for your students. Your new group must use the Private (Listed) privacy settings. You may change the privacy settings at any time with this simple procedure:
The group is "Private" because, just like in your classroom, students’ academic interactions should not be on display for the public. The group is "Listed" so that any public user will see that the group exists in Connect’s navigation menu; just like with all your interactions with students, your supervisor and families need to be aware that the conversation is taking place.
Once you have established your group as Private (Listed), refer your students to the Connect homepage for instructions on how to access their Connect accounts. Then you will be able to have your students request membership OR you may add them yourself:
Yes! Connect accounts are automatically generated for all non-FERPA students as well as staff and parents with a unique email address in the Skyward record system.
Please refer to the student and parent information pages for more information and detailed instructions.