What is Spaces?
Why Move Away From Slack?
Do I Need an Account?
How do I Access Spaces?
Step 1: Ensure you have an account with Google.
Before anything can be done about accessing OECTA-HW Spaces, you need to make sure that you have a Google account. If you already have a GMail address then you're set. If you don't want a new email address, no problem. You can create a Google account using your non-GMail address. See the video for how to do this.
The quickest and easiest solution here is to use a Gmail address. Many of you already have one.
To create a Google account with your currently existing email address, please follow the steps in the video.
This process does not make any connection between your personal email address and the newly created Google account. All that will have occurred is that Google will have a login name which happens to be the same as your personal email. For clarity, your email is not taken over by Google.
Step 2: Download Google Chat
Google Chat works on pretty much all devices. In fact, you may already have it on your device without realizing it. If not, here are your options for download.
Got an Android Phone or Tablet? - Download the App
Got an iPhone or iPad? Download the App
Before you can use Google Chat, you will need to ensure that you have added your Google account to your device. This process varies by device.
iOS users can add their Google account through the settings found within the app. Please see additional help here.
Android users can add their Google account through the main settings page for the device, or through the settings found within the Google Chat application.
Step 3: Accept Invitations to Join a Space
Inside of the Google Chat app, you will see a letter in a circle at the top right. Click on that to check which account Chat is currently using.
Verify that Chat is using the account provided to the OECTA-HW office. In this case, I am looking for email@example.com
Click on the Spaces tab at the bottom of the screen, and then click on New Space. On the following screen, click on Browse Spaces.
If an invitation to a Space is recognized, you will see the Space listed on this screen. To join a Space, click on the plus button.
Once you have joined a Space, you will be able to see the conversation threads and participate. Please be sure to review the community code of conduct.
OECTA-HW Spaces Code of Conduct
OECTA-HW welcomes your comments!
We invite you to contribute to the discussion, with your own experiences.
Please refrain from using rumours unless it’s to ask a question of the group or clarify an issue.
Please be civil and respectful to others.
Users on this chat are reminded of OECTA’s policy for a Safe Workplace and Member Conduct (Sections 3.161-3.245 in the Handbook).
The Association is committed to:
Providing a safe, secure and respectful environment that is free from harassment
The Association will not tolerate any violence, threats, harassment, or intimidation at Association premises
Harassment includes but is not limited to:
Unwelcome remarks, taunts, derogatory comments
Humiliating a person in front of their co-workers or peers
A departure from reasonable conduct
It should be noted that the information shared and revealed in this space is for informational purposes and should not be used as a directive from the office unless presented by the release officers as they are authorised to speak on Association issues.
This chat is open to all Association reps.