Can a Website Really Make Group Projects Easier?

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The Launch of Enterthegroup.com Aims to Help Students and Teachers Become More Productive

By using Enterthegroup.com students will get tools to help them manage their projects and a chance to learn project management.

Have you ever worked on a group project where no one was organized, communication was nonexistent and the result was a disaster? If you answered yes and want a better way to get things done then Enterthegroup.com may be what you’re looking for.

The site, which launched its beta version today, can be used to manage projects, create online classrooms and hosts an impressive number of productivity tools. The idea behind the site is to provide people with tools and advice on how to run a project so that they’re empowered to become more productive. It’s targeted to students and teachers and is free. Users register with their email address and gain full access to the site’s tools and library of articles at no charge.

Members can use the site to: create group pages, manage their calendar, track tasks, write project outlines, create polls, complete a project checklist and share files. They can also instant message friends and use a shared email service for easier access. There are also many social networking features on the site. Users can create and share blogs, ask questions in a Q & A forum and share their Twitter feed. The site is therefore a portal for working, personal productivity and a way to connect with friends.

Students and teachers could benefit from this site since they do a lot of collaborative work. However it could be used by any group needing help with a project. It was originally conceived as a solution to the many problems that emerge in group projects. “Just check Twitter with the search term ‘Group Projects’, since many students post their thoughts there. The results are overwhelmingly negative. People are pretty vocal about how much they hate group projects.” explains CEO Sal Pellettieri.

Enterthegroup.com also tackles the shortcomings of today’s classroom. It enables teachers to create virtual classrooms in which they can interact with students online, share handouts, post events to a shared calendar, conduct polls and create assignments. The virtual classroom enables students to interact with their group outside the brick and mortar classroom and keep track of their work. The benefit of having both a project and classroom feature is that they can be leveraged so a student may join a teacher’s online classroom then create a project for an assignment.

What distinguishes Enterthegroup.com is that it focuses on solving problems by providing accessible tools and advice. “The site goes beyond giving people a platform to do work. The real issue is providing structure and teaching communication and organizational skills.” says CEO Sal Pellettieri.

The company says it has focused on the feedback of global users in developing the beta version. Sal Pellettieri, the founder of the site, left a career in the hedge fund industry to pursue this venture. He says that his interest in learning and technology combined with an identified problem in the field of education, were his motivation to create the site.

To get started one can register at http://www.enterthegroup.com. Access to the site’s extensive library of articles such as ‘8 Steps to Completing ANY Project’ is free.
For more info email the company at: info(at)enterthegroup(dot)com or call (323) 332-6056.

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