Monday, February 9, 2015

eLearning Days: Google Hangouts


After taking a look at the weather report for the next week, it looks as if East Noble School Corporation may face another eLearning day. Teachers have been prepping materials by collecting and creating videos for through Snagit and distributing the content through Google Drive to allow for offline access. 

Another opportunity exists for teachers to make the most of their eLearning day experience. While students are working on their tasks at home and teachers are preparing for the next eLearning day, teachers can also utilize the time to collaborate with their peers by using Google Hangouts. Through this tool teachers can chat by text, video, and even share their screen. This is especially handy when attempting to view the same data/resource simultaneously. I also plan on having my Google Hangouts up and running if a teacher would like to receive training on a technology tool of some sort. 

Hangouts also provides a great opportunity to reach out to educators/specialist outside of the district. Much like Skype, it works across platforms and is an exciting way to open up the classroom to the world. Check out connected classrooms for more information about virtual field trips. 

The directions on how to install Hangouts is listed in the presentation below. I also provide a video tutorial on how to use this resource if it is something that is unfamiliar to you.