You Joined Slack. Now What?

First, A Thank You

I appreciate each of you so much for trusting this cause and learning yet another tool in the hopes of better communication. By committing to this, we can streamline our communication leaving us less frustrated as we search for some schedule from two weeks ago. This also is a chance for us to actually share about teaching ideas, apps and create a collegial space to grow together. So, thank you. I am so excited!

Download the App….Everywhere

If you haven’t already, download the app on your phone, iPad and computer. This will take away the problem of remembering to check your slack inbox. The will alert you via a notification (which you can silence and customize via settings >notifications >Slack) to let you know someone has posted.

To silence a particular channel or set your Do Not Disturb to a time frame that works for you, click on Settings within Slack. I have our workspace set to not disturb between 6pm and 7am. However, you can change that default for your personal needs.

Follow channels!

I have set up some channels that I think will be most used by us. The best part is, you don’t have to join any channel that doesn’t apply to you. Click on channels on the tool bar on the left. If you are on the computer, actually click on the word “channels.” If you are on an iOS device, click on the plus sign. Choose each channel one-at-a-time that you would like to join. Make sure to click “Join Channel” on the bottom of the page for each channel. Feel free to add a channel that you think might be valuable. If you would like to set up a private channel with just your team, choose “private channel” and add one!

Use the Directory to Direct Message People

Click on the three dots on the top right corner. Then click directory. Here you will see everyone who is on the workspace. You can direct message them and even look at files shared between just the two or you.

Utilize Search and Stars

Within each individual chat, channel or workspace you can search for files and messages. This is an unbelievably easy way to access old schedules or documents shared. In addition, if you like a message or want to quickly access important documents you can star them. In the same menu, you can click on starred messages and re-access them with ease. How amazing is that?! See what I mean about it being like Schoology but even better?

There is more to learn. If you don’t want to wait until I post again, see me and I would be happy to share tidbits with you! Next step topics could include: how to post a gif, integrate Google Drive, tag people, posting to multiple channels, etc.

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