Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Google+ Updates and a Hangout Just for Educators

This morning Google announced some nice updates to the Google+ interface. There two immediately useful updates from my perspective. There is an option to rearrange the order in which your favorite apps appear on your homepage. The other useful feature is the conversation cards on the right side of your screen. The conversation cards allow you to quickly scan the conversations happening in your Google+ Circles.

Through Alice Barr's post in the Google Certified Teachers group I learned about a Google+ Hangout for educators. Titled Education on Air this live Google+ Hangout will happen on May 2nd. Education on Air is a day of hangouts hosted by teachers for teachers. Throughout the day there will be presentations centered around the following themes; Hot Topics in Educational Technology, Communication, Google Apps, Harnessing the Power of the Web, Instruction and Assessment, and Productivity. You can find the list of sessions here. Based on the list of presenters and the list of sessions, this promises to be a great opportunity to learn about some great uses of Google Apps in education.

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