All About Tags
What is a Tag Anyway?
A tag is a name given to a group and is used to create a collection of students for management or for scheduling.
Tags Made Easy
Let’s say you want to group your friends based on activities that they enjoy doing, that way you can easily invite the right group of friends to specific activities – skydiving for some, movie night for others.
So, you create tags (or group headings) for the different activities. At first, all you have are tags, but then you begin associating the tags with your friends to group them together. It kind of like sticking a tag on them (in a way), indicating that this person likes this activity.
Here what it may look like:
Person #1 < The Movie-watcher Tag
Person #2 < Movie-watcher, French Cuisine-eater Tags
One of your friends has a couple of tags, the other has only one. If you looked up your friends based on a tag, the Movie-watcher search would return two friends, those who enjoy French Cuisine, only one.
Tags in Enriching Students
So, if you ever need to group students, for any reason, you may want to consider creating a tag. Then you can “stick” your tag to students who belong together for some reason. How about an example.
You’re a teacher who teaches math and you have your eye on some math high achievers. You decide to create a Tag name AdvancedMath. The name isn’t important really, it just needs to make sense for you. After you make the tag, you associate students to this tag. Now, when you decide you want to offer that Advanced Math course, you can call up your tag, see all of the students, and even schedule them to your course, all at once if you’d like.
Hint: You may hear of “putting students in tags”, but it may be helpful to think of “sticking a tag on students”, even though that sounds odd.
Homeroom Tag – Where did that come from?
If a teacher has been assigned a group of students to advise (or supervise), we can see how all of these students now share a common grouping or common characteristic; they all have the same advisor.
To be clear, they can also be part of other “student grouping” (or not), but they are now part of your advisory period.
Since this advisory is often taking place during a homeroom period, a tag is created to group them. It is created automatically for this staffer to student relationship. Therefore, if you are a staffer who cares for an advisory period, you already have a Homeroom tag and it is associated with the students that you advise.
The Homeroom tag is so integral to the way Enriching Students works, if you are an adviser, you cannot delete your homeroom tag. (I can be deactivated by an administrator though)
OK, So What’s a Roster
Once you associate your newly created tag with some students, the formal name for that group of students is a “Roster”. As you can see, a tag is certainly related to a Roster, but is not the same.
For example, you can create a tag that has no students associated with it. That doesn’t make too much sense, but it is true and is certainly the case when you first create the tag. If you wanted to refer to the group of students that are associated with the tag, you could say something like, “My Advanced Knitting Roster is enormous. Who would have thought so many students would be interested in this subject. My roster will make it easy for me to schedule them to my course” Roster, Tag, and Course. Which brings us to Courses.
Tags, Rosters and Courses
Although you can create as many tags as you’d like and associate these to as many students as you’d like, creating Rosters or groupings of students, in most instances, this process is directly related to a Course offering.
For example: If you wanted to offer a course, you could create a tag just for that course. All of the students in the course would be likely candidates for association with the tag. You could send them reminders more easily by selecting the tag / roster and sending a notification to all of the students in the roster.
If you have students assigned to a regularly scheduled course, a roster of students is automatically created in Enriching Students