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History-Yahoo Groups

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What is Yahoo! Groups?

If Facebook is social networking 2.0 then Yahoo groups was social networking 1.0. It is a forum where the members of a group can deliberate, discuss, and communicate regarding a certain subject, common interest, or class. The group could share information about anything from skiing to Tolstoy or from math to history.

How do you create and manage a group?

Anyone who might want to start a Yahoo! group should first set up a Yahoo! account and can then start a group by using the “Start Group” wizard at: http://groups.yahoo.com/start. The wizard allows users to choose from an exhaustive list of categories, name and describe the group, and confirm which Yahoo! account is the new group’s official owner (see screen shots 1-4 below). Once a user has established a group, they can edit the group’s settings in order to establish parameters governing group membership, moderator activity, the group’s description and appearance, web tools, and message posting rules (see screen shot 5).

The person who creates the group is the moderator and thus has control over the parameters of the group. First, the moderator selects what the focus of the group will be. Second, the moderator determines how information will be communicated. For example, the moderator decides who is allowed to post in the “messages” discussion board. Third, the creator of the group determines if the items posted in the “messages” discussion board will be sent directly to group member’s emails, simply remain in the “messages” discussion board, or if a daily digest email will be sent out. Lastly, the creator can determine if it is an open group or if they will select who can participate. It is a great tool for helping to share information amongst a group of people.
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Why and How to Use It? Educators can use Yahoo! Groups as a tool for supporting and enriching student learning …

>> First, teachers can use Yahoo! groups to support their management of any classroom … Teachers can make use of a Yahoo! group to eliminate time spent in class on classroom housekeeping activities. For example, teachers can share grade reports via email, post announcements in the messages section (see “Messages” screen shot below), and upload syllabi, project rubrics and other assignment-related information in the Files section (see “Files” screen shot below). Teachers can send regular reminders to students regarding their Yahoo! group updates via email or can remind their students verbally in class about content located in the Yahoo! group.

This screen shot demonstrates the appearance of a typical message board in Yahoo! groups:


>> Second, history teachers can use Yahoo! groups to enrich their students’ classroom experience


For example, in the “Links” section, educators can post URLs linking their students to relevant subject websites.




In the “Files” section, they can post documents in a variety of formats, (.DOCX, .PDF, etc., etc.)




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