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
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.
integrated Google+ with
services (and continues to do so) e.g.Search, YouTube, Gmail and more. Google+ is already built into services you use
- 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.
This is a Slideshare on Google +. It covers:
is Google +
of interesting features
to write a post
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‘Google Hangouts’ will receive a post of its own later.
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+
Many very interesting posts have been written on Google+. Here is a list of some of them:
2) 27 ways to use Google+ to support education (a presentation)