Starting a Group
Get in touch with your Regional GEG contact
Find your Google regional contact here. Please note that a new GEG Group and Leader can only be nominated by a GEG Leader, Mentor or Google POC from within your region.
Define your group identity
Your Google regional contact can guide you best way to organize a GEG in your region. Chat with Google to find out if you want to create a group at the city level or join an existing city group.
GEG Community Guidelines
When you join a GEG as a leader or a participant, you are joining a community. And like any growing community, a few ground rules about expected behavior is good for everyone. It's important that everyone in your community sees these guidelines. Feel free to post them to your GEG Google Group for now. Eventually we'll post these on a public website for all GEG members to see.
This guideline covers both online (Google Groups) and offline behavior (during in-person meetups).
We're all part of the same community, so be friendly, be welcoming, and generally be a nice person. Be someone that other people want to be around.
Be respectful and constructive
At times GEGs may be composed of very different types of educators ranging from public to private school educators, to educators from pre-schools to high schools and Universities, so we're not going to agree all the time. Remember to be respectful and constructive with your communication to your fellow GEG'ers. Don't get into flamewars, don't make personal attacks, don't vent or rant unconstructively. Everyone should take responsibility for the community and take the initiative to diffuse tension and stop a potential flamewar or negative thread as early as possible.
Work together! We can learn a lot from each other. Share knowledge, participate in the Goole Groups, and help each other out.
This is YOUR community, so be a part of it! Join in on discussions, show up for in-person meetings regularly, offer feedback, and offer to help implement that feedback!
Step down considerately
If you're a leader, or have some form of responsibility in running a GEG, be aware of your own constraints. We all know that life can get busy, so if you know that a new job or family situation will impact your ability to organize your group, find a way to step down gracefully. Make sure someone can take over for you, and transfer the relevant information (contacts, passwords, etc.) for a smooth transition.
In particular, please observe some basic etiquette for online discussions.
Think before you send
Does this message need to go to hundreds of people around the world? Keep off topic conversations to a minimum.
Do not send spam
Do not advertise or promote personal projects which are off topic.