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Is Google+ really an Education Game Changer?

Google Plus logo, image by Bruce Clay
by Elbert Chu

Interesting thought over at Good education by Liz Dwyer on how the whole circle thing is already grabbing the attention of university professors:

Stanford’s B.J. Fogg, director of the university’s Persuasive Technology Lab, says he’ll be using Google+ to foster collaboration on research projects. “Probably every project in my lab will have its own circle,” he said. Likewise, Lehigh University journalism professor Jeremy Littau wrote on his blog that he plans to require every student to sign up for Google+. “I’m already planning on holding Hangout office hours this fall for students, where they can get on and ask questions about class material,” he says. I can certainly imagine this kind of innovation happening at the K-12 level as well.

Over here at WiredAcademic, call us skeptics, but while we think Google plus could be a valuable tool for Hangouts or to help organize student interaction. There’s no doubt that tossing-out the 140 character limit will allow for richer exchanges. Still, “game changing” is a bit strong. We’d stick with “office hours plus” for now.

via Why Google+ Is an Education Game Changer – Education – GOOD.



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