Our high school band teachers (2) want to use Canvas to communicate with students using announcements, discussions and conversations; they also want to store files and use the calendar. They need the communication to be as follows:
1) With ALL of the band students at once, where the information is relevant to EVERYONE.
2) With each of the 3 types of bands individually - Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. In this case, certain announcements, etc., are only relevant to certain bands.
Since there are many students, I set up a "course" called "High School Bands" and used self-enrollment. My initial plan was to use sections, but it turns out that students are not able to self-enroll in sections. So I then created 3 groups instead, one for each of the above "sub-bands." The plan was to have them self-enroll and then join the appropriate group.
I set myself up as a teacher for the "High School Bands" course to test this, but do not seem to be able to communicate only with the sub-bands. For example, if I try to send them a message using the Inbox, the "Groups" do not come up. Since I am a teacher, I don't seem to have a way to join each of these groups. I can go to the Groups from the "People" page and then "Visit the group page." But if I then try to send an announcement, for example, the announcement goes to EVERYONE, not just the sub-band.
It seems to me that a teacher would also have to be a student-member of each group to make this work? Can anyone help me with this or perhaps suggest a workaround?
Thank you so much!
Mountain Lakes High School