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ESL teacher from MN

I think one of the great

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I think one of the great things about using Google+ is that it is directly connected to tons of applications that can also be useful in the classroom (Google Drive, gmail, calendar, etc.). While there may be security/privacy issues for some users, I believe having a "one-stop-shop" for collaboration, collection, and curation of information for students is one of the primary benefits of Google applications.

Have you used it?

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I am curious to know if you have every used google in your classroom and if so how have you used it?

Edutopia on G+

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So, why can't we follow Edutopia on G+?

Assistant Director for Academic Computing, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

Hangouts Extras and Hangouts onAir

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Excellent summary of what is possible today, thanks!

Last Fall, I used Google+ for virtual office hours and to provide our class a social environment, a class wall, as another avenue for communication and collaboration. I also wanted to introduce our students to discrete group mobile communication via Huddles (now called Messenger) and to encourage them to use Google+ and Google Apps for collaboration. Our students like it and they did end up using Google+ and Google Docs for enhanced group communication and collaboration.

I think that Google+ has the potential to become a comprehensive social learning environment. Hangouts Extras support for screen sharing and live Google Docs collaboration offer a rich real-time conferencing environment, and the upcoming Hangouts onAir lessen the limitation of having a maximum of ten full participants by being able to open up and broadcast the Hangout to a much wiser audience of hundreds. Hangouts onAir will also be able to record the session for on-demand playback.

Greetings from Chicago.

More powerful than FB

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No doubt Facebook has expanded exponentially, but Google+ originated from a very different prospective (monster Google is behind it) and off course it is more powerful than Facebook and it will suck FB traffic soon. I loved the Facebook the time it launched but it got dirty and messy but Google+ is new origin of social media.

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Joanna--

Would love to. Thanks for reaching out.

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Great professional development lesson plan!

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Terrell, this article is FANTASTIC. I'm wondering if you could upload it as a lesson plan for our community of educators at Educator Studio (powered by Full Sail University). I think our educators could REALLY benefit from this info and would be very receptive to what you have to share. http://educatorstudio.com

I think that using Google as

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I think that using Google as an educational tool is great. There are some problems that can arrise though. I created a blog for students to use and share information on going to college. The problem is that all the students do not have a google address so I cannot make the page private and anyone can use the site. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. But I do think Google is a great resource and the best thing about it is that it is free and user friendly.

G+ minimum age requirement

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Google's minimum age requirement for users is 13 years old, down from 18 years old just a couple days ago. So while it's a potentially great tool, we can't use it in junior divisions. I noticed you suggested created K5 and K12+ Circles--not legally possible.

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