Facebook refocuses on student organization with Groups for Schools

groups-for-schools

As mentioned on the Facebook newsroom earlier today, the social network is bringing more attention back to educational institutions with the new Groups for Schools feature. Specifically limiting participation to users with an active .edu email address, Facebook only wants students and faculty of each particular school to have access to the school hub page. If a student or faculty member is a member of multiple schools, they can join multiple groups by providing a valid email address for each school. However, alumni aren’t allowed to become members of the school community and students that graduate will be removed from the main group.

groups-for-schools-wisconsinThese community pages for each school are specifically designed to organize all groups created with said school in mind. For instance, students graduating in a specific class at a college may have their own group to discuss upcoming tests or future projects. Facebook has added tools that will allow students to share class assignments, lecture notes, updated schedules and other classroom material through the group interface.

Anyone that’s a member of the group can upload and download files located on the group page. The maximum file size is 25 MB and members of the group can find all files by clicking the Files tab at the top of the school group page. If a revised file is uploaded, both the new file and previous file will be available to download.

Facebook has tweaked the rules around messaging for the new group feature. As long as a student or professor is a member of the main school group, they can message anyone within the public sub-groups that are linked to main group. Groups are split up into three different classifications including open, closed and secret. Open groups allow anyone to join and contribute to the conversation. Closed groups allows others to see who is a member of the group, but membership requires admin approval. Secret groups are hidden from public view and only members can see other members. 

groups-for-schools-uploadfileAt this time, Facebook hasn’t included a way to link all existing school groups to the main community page that was created by the new Groups for Schools feature. Students and faculty will have to create entirely new groups in order to link them to the community hub page.

In order to create a new group linked to the community page, users can click the “+ Create Group” button on the main school page and go through the standard group setup process. After clicking the “+ Add People from school” button on the new group page, users can add students and faculty members from their friend’s list.

Word of warning, abandoning a school community will remove the user from all related groups included within that community. If a user decides to rejoin the community at a later time, they will have to rejoin all previous groups manually. While plenty of students have used the groups feature to organize classmates for many years, the launch of Groups for Schools is the first time that Facebook has made a significant attempt to formalize the organization of all groups related to a particular school.

Social Media

GIF almost anywhere with Giphy’s new keyboard and sticker maker

We all love GIFs, but not every app supports them. Fortunately, the new Giphy' keyboard brings GIFs to any iOS app that supports multimedia. The update also comes with a new tool for creating animated stickers.
Computing

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here's how to partition in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step.
Digital Trends Live

Twitch streamer Fuslie gives a glimpse of her life and future plans

Today, we welcomed Twitch streamer Fuslie to talk about how her career goals shifted from becoming a veterinarian to a full-time streamer. Also, she shared what her future plans are for streaming and created content.
Gaming

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.