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Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For?

Google Plus:  Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For? | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

There seem to be three forces at play when it comes to education and social media. The first is a lack of force, quite frankly - the inertia that makes many educators unwilling and uninterested in integrating the technology into their classrooms. The second is the force of fear - the pressures on the part of administrators, district officials, and politicians to curtail and ban teacher and students' interactions online. (See Rhode Island's recently passed legislation that outlaws all social media on school grounds as a case in point.) And finally, the third force is that of more and more educators who are embracing social media and advocating its use on- and off-campus - for student learning and for teacher professional development alike.

I spent this past week with many of those teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia, and when Google unveiled Google+ on Tuesday, most of us were otherwise preoccupied. But now that many of the early tech adopter teachers are getting their Google+ invites, the question on their minds is "How will this work for education?"

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Light the Fire: Learning Through “Sparks”

Light the Fire: Learning Through “Sparks” | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

A feature of Google+ that has great potential in the classroom is “Sparks.”
“Sparks brings you stories on the things you love from all across the Web, so it’s easy to strike up meaningful conversations with your friends.”
Setting up your Sparks is super easy. Simply type in some key words into the search box and Google+ builds a stream of information for you. Sharing these links with your circles takes two clicks.

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25 Interesting Ways* to use Google+ to Support Learning

Google Doc PowerPoint--very creative and helpful!

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Google Plus and Education

Google Plus and Education | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

A few initial thoughts about the service and how it might be worthwhile to education.

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10 ways to use Google Plus in the classroom | The Theatre Professor

10 ways to use Google Plus in the classroom | The Theatre Professor | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

Creative and easy ideas to implement in the classroom

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Why Google + Will Work for Higher Ed

Why Google + Will Work for Higher Ed | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

If I’ve learned anything from two weeks spent playing around in Google+, it’s that when it becomes available, this service can work for higher education.

Google+ features a social environment where it is easy to build connections, focus on specific interests and keep track of who sees what. It’s a recipe ripe for success when it comes to promoting higher education. It’s only a matter of time before a Google+ page becomes a key component for quality communication. If our audience is there, we should be there, too.

To date, Google has discouraged colleges and universities—along with every other business out there—from setting up official accounts in the fledgling social network. Google developers say they’re working on a space for business, but that space has yet to materialize. When Google opens the door for businesses, colleges and universities should be aware of the potential behind Google+. Get in there, play around and see the benefits yourself.

There are a handful of features that stand out in Google+ and should warrant our attention:

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Why Lehigh (and every other) University needs to be on Gplus. Now. | @JeremyLittau

Hangouts in potential represent a great opportunity for the university to put its face forward. Chatting with professors, students, senior leadership, and so forth could be offered to newsmakers or alumni to help build that connection to the university. The interactive components are huge for alumni relations folks.

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How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? | MindShift

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? | MindShift | Google+ Resources for Education | Scoop.it

As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site.

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