So many people already turn to Twitter to find out new things and develop their skills as a teacher – but what about Google+ the new social network from the search giant?
Helped by heavy cross promotion from Google’s other products Google+ is growing at a phenomenal rate, and it has a number of interesting features you can use to help you get fresh ideas on your teaching.
Many people use Twitter for developing a personal learning network, but arguably instead of a one size fits all network what you’re really looking for is a different network for a number of different aspects of your teaching life. If you’re a Maths teacher who’s also the Gifted and Talented co-ordinator you already have two very distinct audiences that you might want to ask different questions to.
This is where circles can be really helpful. It’s not a million miles away from the Twitter list funtionality, except that it’s a lot more intuitive to build the list and you can publish posts to the list alone. So now you can have a PLN for every side of your teaching life!
Just as with Twitter you’ll need to start adding users in order to get some meaningful interactions going – it’s not much fun chatting in an echo chamber. So get searching! We’re trying to build a broad circle of educators on our Google+ page at the moment so why not drop by our page and check out our shared circle of educators on Google+. Whilst you’re there add us to one of your circles and we’ll pop you in our educators one!
#Edchat and #Ukedchat can be a bit mad. Sitting there with your special Twitter client as the tweets build up and up slightly reminds me of a dream I have where the work keeps piling and piling up. Hangouts in Google+ offers an altogether different experience – a series of video chat rooms with up to 12 people on any given topic. It’s a less furious style of debate, but one that can be more suited to exploring the deeper issues. As Google+ grows I think that hangouts will increasingly become a place where like minded teachers can get together and instantly chat teaching.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, head over to Google+ or better yet drop by our page. Things are a bit quiet there at the moment, but as we build up a bigger circle I’m sure there’ll be plenty to talk about!
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