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10 ways to use Google Plus in the classroom

10 ways to use Google Plus 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. You can also make a circle for announcements and important links and drop any posts in that you know you may use every semester. Then you just find it in the stream for that circle and repost to your current class when you are ready. You can also create circles for students by category. 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.

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Google Plus Made My Students Say More I didn’t get it at first, but I’m an experimenter so I persisted. To me Facebook is a bit of a nuisance. I have a profile that I created a few years after everyone else in the world did (or at least after about 500 million of them did). Optimize Google Search Results For Your Name With BrandYourself The Internet is an unforgiving place – it never forgets. Whatever gets posted online, whether it’s a careless statement or a funny picture, it could very well backfire and hurt you in the future. It’s even worse when you share a name with a reckless individual who ends up ruining your reputation as much as their own.

Using Positive Interdependence We all want to contribute something unique, to have an important role, to be valued by others, and students are no exception. If group work is designed to be interdependent, these needs are met, and the resulting positive atmosphere allows learning to take place. As we have noted, productive group work is ultimately about results. It is important to remember, however, that outcomes are not just about task completion. Students who mistakenly think that the only thing the teacher cares about is whether the job is done are missing out on the learning that occurs in the process. Teachers who foster a false dichotomy of complete versus incomplete tasks are overlooking the nuances of what happens inside the mind of learners as they work in tandem with others.

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: Preparing Your Class for GooglePlus Monday marks the first day of the intersession course that will include Google Plus integration. The course lasts for three weeks and I teach it three times a year. It is a virtual course with three meetings.

Try Out Google’s Chromium OS On Your Laptop Or Netbook With Flow The only problem is that Google’s official builds suffer from poor hardware support, driver issues and are unlikely to work unless you’re using a brand new netbook. Enter Flow, an exciting Chromium OS build with much improved compatibility allowing you to sample your first taste of a lightning-fast web-reliant operating system, all from the comfort of a 2GB USB flash drive. Mimicking Google’s popular Chrome web browser, the Google Chromium OS contains no applications or programs and instead uses web-based services such as Google Documents and Picnik. This is all part of Google’s plan to essentially turn their web browser into an operating system, and by doing so they’ve managed to drastically speed up the whole process of “getting online”. Flow is a third-party build by an enthusiast called Hexxeh that provides a straight-forward means of test driving this new platform.

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future Over the next generation, whether they work for corporations, small businesses, government organizations, nonprofits, or other organizations, many U.S. employees will move from working primarily with American colleagues, bosses, and customers for American organizations in U.S. cities, to being part of global teams. As leaders, they will use technology to bridge geographic divides, build organizations that transcend borders, and work together with colleagues from around the world on issues such as climate change, food security, and population growth -- issues that require multinational teams coming together to effect change. For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a lot less like them, and have fewer shared histories than American colleagues, customers, and neighbors have shared in the past. 1. Leverage real-world case studies. 2.

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 Google Plus - UW Google Apps - eLearning - UWB Learning Technologies - UW Bothell Google+ is a social collaboration tool that lets you both collaborate and network with others. While originally designed as a social networking tool, the extensive feature set of Google+, particularly the Hangouts tool, has made it useful for educators and students in enhancing online collaboration. Key Features Circles Lets users organize their friends (or classmates) into smaller groups. This is particularly useful for organizing contacts into different classes and sections. Hangouts Web conferencing tool that lets you video chat, collaborate on shared documents, share your screen with others, and view YouTube clips together while carrying a discussion at the same time.

Google Wallet goes cloud; supports all credit, debit cards Google Wallet is likely on a more mainstream path to wider adoption with U.S. consumers as the system is moving to the cloud, meaning it should be able to accept all major credit and debit cards. Specifically, the new cloud-based version of the Google Wallet app supports all credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Robin Dua, head of product management for the Google Wallet team, explained in a blog post that consumers can use any card when shopping in-store or online with Google Wallet. To support all credit and debit cards, we changed our technical approach to storing payment cards. The Google Wallet app now stores your payment cards on highly secure Google servers, instead of in the secure storage area on your phone. A wallet ID (virtual card number) is stored in the secure storage area of the phone, and this is used to facilitate transactions at the point of sale.

10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom Posted 02/27/2015 10:58AM | Last Commented 04/16/2015 2:42PM One of my early challenges in coordinating my school’s STEM efforts has been determining exactly what is meant by a STEM school. There are probably as many answers to this question as there are educators, but I have decided to focus on what goes on inside the classroom. 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.

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