Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Google, Google, GOOGLE!

This week we learned how to find people that relate to what we want for our future on twitter. we learned there is something out there on twitter for everyone.

Google Drive has come a long way in nearly a decade of existence and undergone many changes, better ones that is.  It started off as a word processor and quickly jumped into the app world. They went from the name Writely to Google Docs to Google Drive and started to show everyone that it’s more than just a browser. With each name change came new capabilities. Google Drive allows you to search people so that you can collaboratively work on a single document and make changes from all different places. You can also link your Google Drive to your Gmail account and search any information you might need. Google Drive also teamed up with other apps to make things that might not be so simple just a little easier on your part. You can witch between sixty different languages and that is a great feature to have in our day and age where you constantly run in to multilingual people or having to work with people all over the world. These are just some of Google Drive’s most wonderful convenient capabilities.Google has given us this wonderful tool of Google Hangout. Google Hangout lets you connect with your community. You can create online interviews because google hangout is similar to skype. For example Sean Cook offers online coaching sessions through google hangout where he helps people with their resumes or career changes. Google hangout is good to hold meetings to work together whether it’s a class meeting online because the face to face class meeting was cancelled, or a teacher could hold a google hangout to help students having difficulty on their homework after school hours. Google hangout is a great way to extend your hospitality and give you a personal flair by offering time that you do not see every day. On top of google hangouts that teachers can use in the classroom, teachers should also become aware of Circles and Google plus. On circles teachers can create a circle for your classroom and share things related to their class. Within that one big circle for the classroom you can create circles depending on the subject matter as well such as reading and history in their own circles. Google plus allows students and guides them as to how to create their own circles and add people into it. They can work together on a live stream and chat with each other on their work.

There is a twitter out there for any and all interests. Twitter is part of my PLN otherwise know as personal learning network. I am an Education and Psychology major and I found a great picture with a quote that reads "Awesome leaders never remind people of the authority associated with their title. They lead through actions." This quote is something I will most likely hang up in my classroom one day for my students to see. 

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