You can join Talk & Action by visiting our Sign Up page (see above in the web page header).
Talk & Action is easy to navigate; so, we suggest you click around and familiarise yourself. Some suggested steps you may want to do once you are logged in include:

- Ensure your Profile is up-to-date
- Click on one of the 'Topics you're following' to participate in
- If you want to start your own topic, click 'Create a new topic'.
When you are in a topic, you can add your comments at the bottom of the page. Following are some steps and tips to help you:

- Ensure you provide a useful subject (a title)
- In the 'Comment' box, type in your response (use the tools above to add links, etc.)
- You have the option of adding an embedded YouTube video that supports the topic conversation. Go to YouTube, copy the embed code and paste it into the field here.
- You can add audio via a similar process using a great online tool called SoundCloud.
- You can also attach up to three relevant files (PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.)

Note - any rich media you add (videos, images and attachments) will be published into your 'comment' content and added to the resource section library.
Yes, any registered user of Talk & Action can start their own new topic and invite participants.
Topics are the focal point of the Talk & Action website. All registered users can start one. To start a new topic, follow these simple steps:

- Ensure you have registered and are logged in
- Click the bright red button titled 'Create a new topic'
- Give it a title (e.g., School Community Partnerships)
- And a short description (something to gain other members' interest)
- Remember, you can also add rich media such as videos, audio and attachments
- Once you are happy, click 'Save and publish'. Your topic is now live.
- You can either wait for participants to join or actively invite them (see following FAQ).
Inviting new participants is the key to a successful topic. Talk & Action provides some effective sharing and invitation tools, as outlined below:

- The leader is able to actively invite participants
- This can be done upfront, when a topic is established, or throughout
- The leader, via their admin interface, can type in the invitees' e-mail addresses
- Each invitee then receives an e-mail invitation
- Invitees that are already registered users simply need to login to join the topic
- Invitees that are not registered users need to register first, then join the topic
Talk & Action features some basic social tools, to help ensure it is an active and effective community. This includes a 'Like' function.

'Liking' involves clicking a small button next to a particular item. These 'Likes' are used by site members to indicate interest in particular topics and their comments, or agreement with something that others have said.

When a site member likes a topic or comment within a topic, the topic is automatically added to their ‘Topics You’re Following’ list on their Talk & Action homepage (when logged in).

Likes are also used on the Talk & Action ‘Most Liked’ page where the topics with the most accumulated likes are listed.
Tags allow members to easily discover other topics in a similar area of discussion as the one that they’re currently reading.

When creating/editing a topic, the topic leader can add their own tags or select from a set of commonly used tags to describe their topic.
To accompany the main topic blog, a leader has the option of creating a poll. They can create this at any time. The polls need to be simple 'tick-the-box' responses. Once a user has made their selection, they are immediately presented with the current poll result. These polls are also consolidated as part of each user's resources section.
RSS feeds are feeds that users can subscribe to (via their web browser) to keep informed about the activity on a particular website.
We really encourage you to support your text comments with rich media materials you have or know of (documents, videos, etc.). Any rich media that's published in the topic blog will be automatically added to the resources section. This acts as a library of consolidated materials. It helps keep these resources organised, and makes them available for future use by other users.
Creating an Action Plan or Policy is optional, but highly encouraged. An Action Plan is a practical set of key findings, decisions and steps based on a topic conversation.

As topics progress, it's completely up to the leader's discretion when to create an Action Plan. This involves a structured three-step process, where he/she can type in their topic findings based on:

- Why we want to do this
- What we want to achieve
- How we will do it.

The Action Plans are saved and continue to be accessible under the 'Action Plans' tab.
The default language for Talk & Action is English, but on each topic you will notice a 'Select Language' button to the right side of your screen. This is Google's translation tool, which is integrated into the site. Once you select a language, all of the page content will be translated automatically.

It's important to note that these translations are approximate only, as they obviously do not involve a professional translator.
Topic leaders are able to remove any inappropriate comments or content.

They can remove the content, communicate with the party responsible and, if need be, prevent the user from accessing the site.
This website is built to provide a quality experience regardless of which platform and which browser you use.

This website has been tested with all major browsers. We support the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Google Chrome.
Parent and school council member

"Talk & Action means that our school council can continue conversations about key issues between meetings. It is also great for storing our minutes, school strategic plan and other key documents. "