IdeaGarden FAQs

WHAT IS IDEAGARDEN?

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IdeaGarden is a free resource for ITEEA members only. This is a teacher-to-teacher forum for those wanting to know more about teaching integrative STEM Education and the technology and engineering education field who can offer their experience and guidance. For over a decade, ITEEA’s IdeaGarden forum has been a unique and highly-rated member benefit. Classroom teachers and others have asked questions, received answers, shared resources, encouraged one another, and expanded their professional contact circles. 

WHO ARE THE FACILITATORS?

IdeaGarden is facilitated by Terrie Rust and Craig Clark. Contact them at iteea@iteea.org.

WHO ARE THE GARDENERS?

The Gardners are mostly teachers but can be anyone who is interested in the STEM field. If you are logged into the site as a member you can see the IdeaGarden Subscribers tab on the IdeaGarden page. Clicking on a subscriber's name brings up the member's profile details and all posts made by that member. Gardeners can "follow" specific posters that interest them. Your own posts will be archived in your profile.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When a gardener posts a discussion, subscribers will receive an email with the post in its entirety. A link is provided for subscribers who want to respond to the post. Logging into the site is required because this is a members only forum. Click the "Keep me signed in" checkbox. Do not logout from the site when you close your browser. If the site does not keep you signed in set your browser security settings to enable.

Members can easily submit a post from the Discussions tab. Type a title and your content. Attachments can be added using the paperclip in the bottom left corner of the post window. Your post will be sent to all subscribers via email. 

Reply to a post by selecting the "Add a Comment" button to the right of a post. If you would like to add an attachment you must start a new post. Just reference the title of the original post to help others follow the discussion.

IdeaGarden posts are archived. They are searchable by topic. To search a topic, enter the topic text in the filter search bar (located below the "Add a Post" section on the Discussions tab. 

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE THE POSTS IN MY EMAIL?

After a member “Joins the Group” they are an IdeaGarden subscriber and will begin to receive the post notification emails. At the bottom of the emails is a link to unsubscribe. Clicking this link will stop the email notifications. The member is still an IdeaGarden subscriber and can still participate through the website without getting emails.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Log into ITEEA's website - http://www.iteea.org and click the green login button. Your username is the email ITEEA has on record for you. If you don't know your password, click the "Forgot Your Login Information" link. Your password will be sent to you.

Next select IdeaGarden from the Community drop down menu. If you are an ITEEA member but have not yet clicked the "Join Group" button on the right, you can see the discussions but you will not receive email notifications with new posts. If you were a member of the previous IdeaGarden you must still click the "Join Group" button to resubscribe.

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