30 Days of Google #8: Get to know Google+ (Includes a webinar recording)

Social networking is a way of life for most teachers today. It is a marvelous way for us to share and learn about new ideas that can really enhance our teaching. We know about social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for example, all designed to let you share up-to-the
second updates,
ideas, thoughts, links and media with your colleagues. But have you discovered Google+? This is a social network of note that I have only recently explored. One thing I am discovering about Google is that they usually bring a very creative and different slant, with additional features, to something that others might be doing; and the result is very pleasing.  These are a few features which makes Google different from the other social networking networks.

  • Google
    has
    integrated Google+
    with
    its
    other
    services (and continues to do so) e.g.
    Search, YouTube, Gmail and more.  Google+ is already built into services you use
    every day.
  • Google+ uses the concept of circles (groups), and this differentiates it from Facebook for example as it allows users precise control over who sees what. 
  • Google includes the free use of ‘hangouts’ with Google+ and this feature has incredible positive implications for education. 

Slideshare presentation

This is a Slideshare on Google +. It covers:

What
is Google +

•Highlights
of interesting features
•Circles
•How
to write a post
•How
to receive a notification
Benefits
to education
 


‘Google Hangouts’ will receive a post of its own later. 

Get to know Google plus! from Fiona Beal

Webinar recording

This Slideshare was presented as part of a SchoolNet Adobe Connect webinar on Google+. If you would like to know what was said, here is the webinar recording: Get to know Google+



Further reading

Many very interesting posts have been written on Google+. Here is a list of some of them:



1) Google + – what does it mean for education?

2) 27 ways to use Google+ to support education (a presentation)

3) Circle me up – exploring circles in Google+

4) 40+ Google tips for newbies

5) The Google+ 50

6) The Google plus project – a quick look

7) A livebinder of Google+ resources

8) Classroom uses for Google+

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