I have gotten a lot of great feedback from those cheat sheets. I love creating resources that others find useful...after all why would you create something that people won't use.
Now that the basics have been created I feel like I need to address the purpose of using Google+ and Hangouts.
First off, it is a great tool to use professionally. We teach in a time where teachers should no longer have their "door" closed. I mean that metaphorically, of course. If we expect to make a great impact in education, then we need to come together and collaborate worldwide.
Google+ opens the door for educators to come together to build a Professional Learning Network (PLN). Here are just a couple ways to build your Google+ PLN:
- Find educators you trust and admire and add them to your circles.
- Join a community that specializes in your interests and/or subject(s) you teach.
- Ask questions, request help and find resources through your circles and communities.
- Share your resources and ideas.
- Lead/Attend a professional development via a Google Hangout Video Chat
I know Google+ is not the only way to build a PLN. I am also active on Twitter and love my Twitter PLN, but why limit myself to only one source.
Secondly, Google+ is a great tool to use with students. I am going to be working on a resource in the near future that will highlight various ways, but until then let me highlight just a few:
- Participate in a Mystery Hangout - this will introduce students to other students around the world, as well as help them develop their questioning skills.
- Bring experts into the classroom via Hangouts - invite authors, engineers, community members, etc. into the classroom via a Hangout
- Have students create study groups
- Host tutorials via Google Hangouts Live on Air - have students use the chat feature to post their questions/needs
Here is a link to a blog that was written on Google Hangouts. They shared several ideas, as well as featured one of the resources I created.
If you are on Google+ please add me and become part of my PLN.