Google has the perfect tool for connecting you with your personal learning network (PLN) – Google+ Hangouts.
If case you’re wondering, Google+ is a social networking service that is owned by Google and is similar in function to other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Check out this short video to see some of the basic features of Google+ and how it allows you to connect and share information with friends and family.
Google+ Hangouts allows you to host a video conference call with your PLN for such purposes as collaborating on projects, discussing teaching strategies, or to share what’s going on in your classroom with other teachers or classrooms around the world. Google+ Hangouts has many ways to share content during the video call. You can watch a YouTube video together, collaborate on a Google Doc, or share a program that you have on your screen. You can even request to share and control another user’s screen which can be helpful if the other user is having difficulty using a program.
PLEASE NOTE: Access to Google+ and Google+ Hangouts with EVSCK12.COM accounts are currently limited to teachers and staff. Students do not have access to these features with their accounts.
Check out the videos below for great examples of Google+ Hangouts being used in education. While you watch, think about ways you could use Google+ Hangouts in your classroom and personal learning.
- If you have used Google+ Hangouts before, please leave a comment at the bottom of the post and share your experience.
- If you’re new to this tool, please share your ideas and any questions you may have on the topic in the comments.
To learn more about Google+ and Google+ Hangouts, please visit https://www.google.com/+/learnmore/resources/videos.html.
If you’re looking to expand on your personal learning network in the Google universe, Google+ has a section called Communities where people can come together in a group to discuss and share resources on a topic. For instance, if you’re interested in learning more about Google Apps, there is a Community called “Google Apps for Education” that has over 18,000 members and over 2600 posts. Not all Communities are open to join, but most are open to the public. If there’s not a Community on a topic you’re looking for, then you should go ahead and label yourself as the founding member of the new Community and get it started!
Check out the videos below to get a more indepth view of what Google+ Communities are all about.
To learn more about Google+ Communities, please visit http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/communities/.