Three examples of using Google+ Hangouts to teach and learn in new ways
Here is how this might be applicable in your school or classroom.
1) Take a class without having to be in the same place. (00.00 in video)
You can have up to ten participants in a Google+ Hangout. What can that mean for teaching and learning? Here are some ideas.
- Invite up to 9 classes/individuals to learn from one expert. This can be great in communities where there is perhaps only one teacher for a particular subject but a few students in various schools interested in learning.
- Sick or traveling students can participate when they are not able to attend class.
- Learners can connect with others who share their passions and interests even if they are not in their school / class. For example there might be students from other schools, communities that join your class.
- Invite up to 9 home instruction students (those who are home because of illness or other reasons) to join in a live class.
Google+ Hangout provides a great way to empower students to find an authentic audience by being able to invite up to 9 other people to listen to their performance, presentation, reading, etc. Here are some ideas.
- Have students invite some family members and / or friends to watch a performance.
- Have students find others who share their passions through places like blogs and discussion groups and invite them to watch.
- Connect with other classes that might want to watch a student perform. They will be able to chat to give feedback and even give live applause, questions, etc.
Google+ Hangout provides a way for you to connect with others even if they are not geographically desirable. This can be great for a student looking to connect with others that may not exist at their school. Here are some ideas.
- A student who wants to study music and perform can do so even if there is no such program in their school or community. With Google Hangout, they can connect with others and practice, perform, and jam together.
- A student who wants to study a certain type of theater can do so with others and do a virtual reading with Hangout.
- If you do book clubs in your school, you may discover you have some students with unique tastes. Let them do book talks with others using Google Hangout.
- Support young people in developing their personal learning networks and create times to have online discussions with others who share their passions.