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10 ways to use Google+ in the classroom

10 ways to use Google+ in the classroom
Circles Obviously you are going to want to create a circle for your class and guide them through making a circle for the class as well. But as cool as that is, it doesn’t stop there. Photos/Video Because photos and videos are dropped into albums, privacy settings allow you to make albums that only certain circles can see. Google Talk Because google is already part of my “always open” tab club it is much easier to set up a place for students to initiate a quick chat session through google rather than the ANGEL chat client or Skype. Ability to control notification methods Google+ alllows the user to determine just how they will be contacted with new material has been posted, messages sent, photos tagged. Mobile apps Google+ now has a mobile app available for iPhone and for Droid. Group Work By creating smaller circles students can work in groups. Google Docs and Calendar A great add-on to google+ is the ability to upload/edit/create documents within the system as well as scheduling events.

Managing Google+ Circles : 7 Essential Tips One of Google+’s main advantages is privacy management by way of organizing your friends into different circles. While this makes perfect sense, this idea isn’t as intuitive as you might think because of the years of Facebook and Twitter habits ingrained in us. As it is a new concept, some people feel circles are cumbersome and tedious to manage – but it doesn’t need to be that way. Not at least, if you follow these essential tips: 1. Unlike facebook and just like twitter, you don’t have to approve people who want to connect with you on Google+ . So the rule of thumb, if you don’t want to listen to this person’s stream, you probably shouldn’t add them to any circle at all – not even your acquaintance circle. This greatly lessens the burden of managing circles, and dramatically cuts down on the noise you get in your stream. 2. People you know probably come from different groups. So basically here’s an example of how I would do it (This of course is a recommendation, not a rule of thumb) 3.

Que pensent nos élèves de l'utilisation de Facebook en classe ? Devrais-je utiliser Facebook avec mes groupes de français? Voici la question que s'est posée une enseignante de secondaire 4. Pour y répondre, elle s'est adressée aux élèves de ses trois classes de français. La question a tout d’abord été lancée en grand groupe. Par la suite, en groupes de 4 ou 5, les élèves ont discuté de la pertinence de créer un compte Facebook dans le cours de français. Les aspects positifs : · Plus agréable pour les élèves d’aller sur ce site plutôt que sur la plateforme de l’école. · Plus accessible · Plus convivial · Lien plus direct entre chaque élève et l’enseignante · Dans un groupe privé, seuls les membres y ont accès. · L’information est facilement accessible · Facebook est plus stable que la plateforme de l’école qui n’est pas toujours accessible · On peut ajouter des commentaires · On peut faire des forums de discussions · On peut publier des vidéos · Tout est au même endroit · Cela peut s’avérer très utile pour les absents · Le clavardage serait utile pour l’étude.

Use Gmail, Docs, Google Calendar Offline With the Chrome App Last week Google launched the Offline Google Mail Chrome App. The app which is available for free in the Chrome Web Store will allow you to read and respond to messages in Gmail even if you don't have an Internet connection. When you get to a place where you do have an Internet connection your messages will be sent. Items in your Google Docs and Google Calendar accounts can also be viewed offline now. Applications for Education When I read about the new Google Mail Chrome App I immediately thought of my students who spend close to an hour on a school bus each morning and afternoon. Google+: The Complete Guide Using Google+? Add Mashable to your circles. You'll get the latest about new Google+ features and tips and tricks for using the platform as well as top social media and technology news. Guide updated January 18, 2012 Google+: It's the hot social network on the block. In just a few months, Google's competitor to Facebook and Twitter has amassed more than 40 million users, and its growth hasn't stopped. Google+, however, isn't the easiest thing to understand. A recent change new and old Google+ users should take note of is Search Across Your World launched on Jan. 10, 2012. Now Google can pull search results from your Google+ friends and material from other Google+ users whom you don't follow who have related content labeled public. We will continuously update this guide as new initiatives such as the Search Across Your World are started, further integrating Google+ into the Google ecosystem. So, without further ado, here is Mashable's complete guide to Google+: What Is Google+? Profile Photos

25 Google Drive Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard Before | Process Street Recently I moved over from Dropbox to Google Drive and found a few unexpected benefits. At first I had a little trouble managing the space since the 1TB on my Google Drive was bigger than my HDD, but after I got that sorted I started to learn some of the deeper features of Google Drive, some of which are pretty cool. Below is a list of the top tips and tricks I have learned from playing with Google Drive over the last few months. Work Well with Others Google drive got it’s early breaks in the market by being far superior at collaborating with others than any other tool out there. Publicly Share Documents Not only can you share and collaborate with people you invite, but you can also make documents public. Control Access Levels for Security Just because you want to share and work with others, doesn’t mean you necessarily want people messing with yo sh*t. Chat While Collaborating Search by Person Enhance your Experience with Add-Ons Don’t forget the Apps Use Drag and Drop to Upload

How Google Dominates Us by James Gleick In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Simon and Schuster, 424 pp., $26.00 I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 416 pp., $27.00 The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95 Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky Telescope, 329 pp., $28.95 Tweets Alain de Botton, philosopher, author, and now online aphorist: The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is the meaning of my life” into Google. You can do this, of course. Google is where we go for answers. The business of finding facts has been an important gear in the workings of human knowledge, and the technology has just been upgraded from rubber band to nuclear reactor. Most of the time Google does not actually have the answers. “That’s true,” said Brin.

Comment utiliser Facebook en classe ? | VousNousIls Le réseau social le plus utilisé par les élèves est peu exploité par le personnel enseignant. Comment utiliser cet outil de manière innovante et sécurisée en classe ? Franco Bouly/Flickr Utiliser Facebook en cours ? La plupart des enseignants n’y songent même pas. Ils pensent ne pas avoir une maîtrise de l’outil suffisante de l’outil ou craignent de « perdre le contrôle ». Ce guide vous propose des ressources et des pistes pour exploiter de manière sécurisée le potentiel éducatif du réseau social le plus utilisé par les étudiants. Protéger la confidentialité des données personnelles Beaucoup d’enseignants hésitent à utiliser Facebook en classe car ils ne souhaitent pas que les élèves aient accès à leurs informations personnelles. Il existe pourtant des moyens simples de communiquer via un profil Facebook avec les étudiants, sans mettre en danger la confidentialité de ses informations personnelles. Utiliser les fonctionnalités de Facebook à des fins pédagogiques

Google Docs Why Google Docs? Google Apps is a tremendous platform for facilitating online collaboration in your classroom, or beyond. It is freely available on the Web and if you are familiar with other word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs, you can easily use Google Docs. Here are some benefits of Google Docs: It is available from anywhere and anytime with an Internet connection. Note: Google Docs in part of Google Apps, a suite of tools that also includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Sites (for web page creation). Google Docs Tools Google Docs is comprised of five tools that all work together. Documents is an online word processor and multimedia editor. Presentation is an online slideshow tool. Create, fomat, edit, and publish a presentation online. Spreadsheet is an online spreadsheet tool. Create, fomat, edit, and publish a spreadsheet online. Form in an online poll and survey creation tool. Create, fomat, edit, and publish a poll or survey online.

Google+ Just Became a Better Option for Educators  Update: An FYI that currently, Google+ is only open to individuals who are 18+. My guess is that when they open the service up to Google Apps users, it will also open to ages 13+. Hopefully that will happen very soon. Today, Google+ came out of its limited field trial and opened up for everyone. That’s big news, but it’s not the biggest news of the day out of Mountain View. Google+ Hangouts just added a slew of new features that make it an even more powerful tool for schools. In addition, Google will be rolling out Hangouts On Air which will provide the ability to broadcast Hangouts to a large number of people and record the session for later viewing. A few weeks ago I wrote about Hangout’s potential in education. Photo courtesy Google.

Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects I had a “just in time” professional development moment thanks to Jennifer Roberts and her video titled “Docs Voice Comments.” I wanted to share it with other educators as I know many of us are planning end of the year projects, assignments, and written pieces. These culminating assignments are incredibly time consuming to grade. I also wonder how many of my students carefully read the comments I make on these pieces since they get them back just as the school year ends and summer break begins. Lastly, these end of the year projects are finished products, so covering them with comments or editing directly on them may not be the most effective way to provide feedback. My students are currently working on a Digital Portfolio Project to share the work they have created in our class. I’ve decided to use the voice comments app instead of typing out all of my comments. Follow the steps below to enable the Voice Comments app. Search for “Voice Comments” and connect app to your Drive account.

5 Years of YouTube Politics [INFOGRAPHIC] YouTube, which has quickly become the media site of record, has put together an infographic celebrating five years of political highs and lows. If someone important does anything wonderful, stupid or wonderfully stupid on camera — it is likely the site has the video. This is typically true of the political arena, as politicians often make gaffes while they're on the road, whether it's during bill debates or a casual conversation. YouTube and other video hosting sites provide a place where the public can find and watch hours of clips featuring elected officials. More than 500 U.S. candidates for office have official channels. Of course, it's not all fail videos and mistakes, YouTube has also played an increasingly large role in elections and the day-to-day operations of the White House. Take a look at how YouTube and politics have grown, from President Barack Obama's weekly addresses, CNN's debates in 2007 to the 2012 presidential announcement videos.

Twitter en design de la mode Je fais aussi quelques séances de microblogage que j’affiche à l’écran. Ceux qui ont des téléphones intelligents en classe peuvent interagir avec moi et m’expédier un message qui sera vu tout de suite par le groupe. Et je peux y répondre! Avec ça, enfin le téléphone intelligent recentre l’attention vers les activités du cours au lieu de les en éloigner!

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