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Creating a group assignments page


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Now that we've created the shell of our website, let's go ahead and add a page where we can assign task to various team members as well as when those task are due by. To create the new page, we're going to use the New Page button in the upper navigation menu. Clicking on the New Page button will bring up the New Page dialog box. The first thing we need to do is to name our new page. Let's go and give this the page of group tasks. The next step is to select a template. A webpage is simply going to be a blank page that you can add any content to. You can add images and text.

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1h 13m Beginner Jan 03, 2014

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Discover how to use Google Apps to become more productive in class and after school. In this course, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows students how to work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive to communicate and collaborate with classmates, become more organized, and save time. Learn how to manage school and personal email, back up your assignments, create a class website, and connect with others on Google+. Teachers can also use this course to get tips to help their students succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Topics include:
  • Searching for scholarly articles on Google
  • Switching between school and personal Gmail
  • Sending large file attachments
  • Composing papers in Google Docs
  • Creating a class calendar
  • Setting up your student profile on Google+
  • Using Google Hangout
Subject:
Education + Elearning
Software:
Apps for Education
Author:
Aaron Quigley

Creating a group assignments page

Now that we've created the shell of our website, let's go ahead and add a page where we can assign task to various team members as well as when those task are due by. To create the new page, we're going to use the New Page button in the upper navigation menu. Clicking on the New Page button will bring up the New Page dialog box. The first thing we need to do is to name our new page. Let's go and give this the page of group tasks. The next step is to select a template. A webpage is simply going to be a blank page that you can add any content to. You can add images and text.

You can embed a YouTube video or a Google Map. But we're going to go ahead and use a special template called a list. I'm going to use the drop down menu to select the list. The next step is to choose where this page is going to show up in your navigation menus. If I put it as a top level page, that means I'll actually see group task in the navigation bar. If I choose to put it under a page, I'm essentially creating a drop down menu. So for example, if I chose to put this under home, then on the main navigation, I would hover on home, there would be a drop down menu in which I'd see group tasks.

Because groups tasks is going to be a main page for our website, I'm going to go ahead and leave it set to put page at the top level. Let's go and click the create button. So at this point, our page has been created. Now, with most pages, I could go ahead and edit this by clicking the edit button. However, because we chose a list page, we have some special functions that are showing up on the page already. Here we have the ability to use a template to create a list on this page. There're some pre-made templates such as action items, issue list, and unit statuses. But we can also create our own list. I'm going to go ahead and use the create your own list template by clicking on the use template button.

The way our list will show up is it has a variety of columns, and we can add headers or titles to those various columns. The first column we want to have is project task. Here we can actually input the exact task that need to happen for our group project. Let's go ahead and add a new column by clicking the add a new column button. The next column we want to have is the name of the person assigned to that particular task. Now, directly below the column name, I also have a column type. We just use the default text type for the project task. That means that under Projects, I can just type in whatever I'd like to type in.

For the name tasks however we probably have specific group members and so we can actually create a drop down with the various group member names. So for example I'll put my own name in here as a group member I'll add another group member which is Jeff and we'll add another group member which is Julie. So here when we add a new project, the next step will be to just select a name from the drop down menu. I'm going to go ahead and click add a column to save the column we just created and to create a third column. This third column is going to be due date. So that we know exactly when each one of these project task are going to be due.

Under the drop down type, I'm going to go ahead and select a date. This will actually create a date picker option. So that when I put a task in, I can then choose who does the task as well a the date they need to do it by. So far our project checklist looks pretty good. Let's go and click save. You now see that our option boxes have disappeared and our checklist has now come up. Let's go ahead and add the first item. The first item is going to be finish website. From the dropdown menu, I'm going to go ahead and choose my own name. And I'm going to choose a date, and I'll just make the date a few days in the future.

I'll go ahead and click the save button, and you can now see that the first task has been added to this particular checklist.

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