How do I use the Community Tool?

The Community tool allows staff to connect with and collaborate with others within New Tech Network. Want to find out what projects other teachers in a common subject area or grade level are doing? Use the search feature to find them and open their courses.  It is even possible to copy their curriculum to your own course.

Watch this video for an overview: The Community Tool



Before exploring The Community Tool, share your profile.

To get the most out of the Community Tool, each user needs to share their profile. This will allow connections to be made and collaboration to happen.


From the homepage click the "Menu" icon located in the top toolbar.



Click on "Community".



Click on the "PROFILE" tab.



Click "EDIT".



Check the box that says, "Include my profile in the Community".

Fill out profile completely.

Click "Save".



The Community Tool


There are many different aspects of the community tool.

Enter the "Community" from the "Menu" located in the top toolbar.



There are 5 tabs in the Community Tool:

  • NTN Resource Library
  • Dashboard
  • My Library
  • Shared Activities
  • Profile



NTN Resource Library


The NTN Resource Library is a collection of materials commonly used by NTN coaches to support schools and teachers.  Topics include PBL unit design, building a positive culture, assessment, scaffolding and more.  

How do I search the NTN Resource Library?





The Community Tool "Dashboard" is where one can quickly find the resources and profiles that have been bookmarked.

How do I search Profiles?

How do I search the Community?

How do I Create and Join Community Groups?



My Library


Under the "My Library" tab, are the projects and activities that have been shared by the user to the library or that have been saved to "My Library" while searching The Community or Profiles.



Items that have been saved to "My Library" also show up on the right side of the screen when in edit mode. Easily drag and drop items into a project.

How do I add content to My Library?



Shared Activities


This tab houses all of the items the user has chosen to share.

How do I share projects and activities with The Network?



My Profile


Under the "Profile" tab, a user can see what their profile looks like to other NTN users.

How do I search for profiles across The Network?

Tip:  Fill out profile as completely as possible!



Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.





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