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HelpSquad: Tapping into Collective Wisdom

HelpSquad?

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As a community, we depend on each other to help us learn, grow, and thrive. HelpSquad was borne out of a demand for a crowdsourcing feature within our CS for All Teachers community. The goal was to make a space for the community to ask and answer member-generated questions, creating a forum for new ideas, suggestions, and guidance.

For those of you who are familiar with HelpSquad, we encourage you to reconnect with an old friend. For those of you who are not, we encourage you to check it out and be part of crowdsourcing!

To see more HelpSquad content and interact with it, you must be a member of CS for All Teachers community. So log in or join the community to access this feature! https://www.csforallteachers.org/helpsquad

As always, we welcome and encourage your feedback about any features you think could be added or improved. Please contact us: csforallteachers@air.org.

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Submitted by Sheri Schoonmaker on Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:52

I pulled this website up and the most recent posts were from 2018??   Are you trying to resurrect this Help Forum?

Features that would be helpful:

1.  Since this is obviously a slow-moving board, some sort of daily or weekly notificiation feature of new posts would be extremely helpful.  Otherwise, out-of-sight, out-of-mind.  Most popular discussion forums provide this type of customizeable feature.

2.  If your goal is to "reconnect with an old friend" or foster new relationships to create a sense of community, adding some boards titled "Anything But Computer Science" or "Southeast Teachers" would be helpful.  Something that will help create a bond between strangers.  

3.  Recruit teachers to post questions and answers to the board, just to get things started back up again.  

Finally, I am pulling from my IT Project Management days.  And with any project, you need to evaluate the need for the service.  Do we really need this board?  Is there another Computer Science Teachers discussion forum that is much more active?  Can CS4All create a sub-board under that board?  How many discussion forums do you expect CS teachers to have time to follow and truly become a part of that community?

sheri

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Submitted by Melissa Rasberry on Wed, 03/11/2020 - 17:37

Hello Sheri,

Thank you for your comments and welcome (back) to CS for All Teachers! The HelpSquad is just one of numerous forums available in this virtual community of practice. It has been very quiet, as you mentioned, so we are making an effort to bring more visibility to it in order to see if it is a useful space for teachers. Otherwise, we may not continue this particular forum.

The overall community has daily or weekly notifications, groups based on grade level(s) or course(s) taught, and community ambassadors who help to "seed" discussion. With over 7,000 members and lots of ways to engage, we hope that you'll look beyond the HelpSquad and get involved.

Best,

Melissa Rasberry, Principal Investigator, CS for All Teachers