Livingtree is your school’s own private social network. This guide will walk you through the basics of your account, and share a few tips for a successful year of engagement on Livingtree!
Think of Conversations as your homepage. You can share a post with your entire school, or any broad staff or parent group. You can also scroll through your stream to view and respond to the posts that have been shared with you.
You will see your connections (family, groups, organizations) listed in the left navigation pane. This pane also serves as a filtering system, which means you can view content that’s been shared into a specific group by clicking on the group name. Click on the ‘+’ button next to each group-type (FAMILY, GROUPS) to add a network to your account.
Group Code is one way to connect to a group. If you’ve been given a group code, you can enter it here.
Click on any top navigation application (Calendar, My Network, Inbox, Directory) to explore the functionality. Skip ahead to read a brief description of each one.
Use these shortcuts to access your account settings – ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’, ‘My Network’ (to edit your groups & connections), or enter a group code, if applicable. Use ‘Edit Profile & Preferences’ to update your information such as email address, phone number, and notification preferences. To see posts translated to one of 100+ languages, select your preferred language.
See a quick view of any events coming up within the next two days. Click on ‘Calendar’ to see a day, week, or month view of your LivingTree events. Your calendar will populate with events as they are shared with the school.
Share a Post!
Jumpstart your community’s LivingTree experience by sharing with parents and/or students right away! Recipients will see content that you’ve shared with them as soon as they log in.
Click on the share buttons (Messages, Photos, Files) to begin, depending on the type of post you want to share. If sharing a photo or file post, you will be able to upload photos or files from your device.
Add a subject line for your post. If notify recipients is chosen, the subject line you enter will be the subject in the email notification.
Type your message in the message field. You can use the formatting buttons if you’d like to get creative with your post!
Click the dropdown menu to select recipients. After selecting your school, the list of groups/departments in your school’s network will appear. If you want to share your post with everyone (staff and parents), just click the parents option – e.g., St. Edward’s Elementary Parents.
Check ‘Notify recipients’ to send notifications for your post. Notifications are sent via email and mobile (through the LivingTree app). You can also disable comments for your post, and ‘allow re-sharing’ (this allows recipients to re-share your post with their LivingTree groups).
Click ‘Post’ and your message is complete! Recipients will see your post in their Conversations stream.
If you have an urgent message to share, click the ‘Text’ tool to send an SMS text message to the teacher and all parents. The text message will also appear in the Conversations feed. If your school or district has opted in for phone alerts, campus or district administrators will see the option to share a phone alert with the community.
View events that have been shared with you, create and share events with your classes or staff groups. Events can include reminders, volunteer tasks, RSVPs, notifications, and more!
Manage your organization(s) in ‘My Network’. Use the left navigation to select the group to edit. This is also where you can invite someone (a parent, student, or team teacher) who isn’t already connected to your class.
While you can share with all of your groups in Conversations and Calendar, Inbox is perfect for reaching out privately to any staff member, parent, or student. No need to know email addresses – just type your recipient’s name in the ‘To’ field. They will receive your direct message in their LivingTree account and be notified of your message via email/mobile.
Access a complete list of the people connected to your LivingTree groups. Click on your class or school to see the contacts in each group. You can click on a contact’s name to view his/her profile or send a direct message.
Learn more about LivingTree features by visiting http://support.livingtree.com/.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We hope you enjoy using LivingTree!
-The LivingTree Team