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Some Info About Google +

by on November 9, 2011

Hi all,

I hope that you all got my mail, which I sent this morning.  I won’t be able to make the meeting on Thursday at 1, as I have to shoot one of my group’s documentaries at that time.  I completely forgot.  Sorry about the inconvenience.  I have had a look at a series of training videos on Lynda.com, which dealt with Google+ and I really think that it is for us.  I had a look at the video conferencing idea, they call it a “hangout” which you can invite multiple people to, or be invited to join.  It also allows you to watch videos posted on YouTube together, and then comment/chat about them together live afterwards.  A great idea for watching missed lectures, or videos relevant to the course where questions could be asked directly to the lecturer, or other class mates. Missed lectures due to bank holidays etc could be made up within the lecturer’s hour online and students could ask their questions directly.  Great for catchup/ revision classes near exam time. When a person creates their Google+ profile they are automatically given a gmail account which would be a handy college only account.  Google+ also searches your gmail account and suggests people who might fit into the various circles.  You can also search for non-gmail friends too.  There is also a chat option, as there is on gmail, where multiple people can chat simultaneously.  Also there is a comment/message/feed section like Twitter, but unlike Twitter (with 140 characters only) the limit here is 2000 words!  So full essays/articles/readings/lecture transcripts/assignment briefs etc could be shared with those in the “class circle” only.  It is also available to use on all computers/laptops/android/smartphones/iphones/mobile phones with internet and if the Google+ app is downloaded onto these smart/android/iphones it can automatically upload photos/videos.  This is great if a student misses a lecture and a classmate can film the class and upload and share it with the class automatically.  It also allows you to upload videos which you can share with chosen groups, ie the class circle.  I really think that this might be the best, and most forward thinking solution for our brief.  Its one place that the lecturer can spend the 1 hour three times a week that the students can get the most benefit from. While it is not able to link in with Google apps making it not great for business use, this is not far in the future it seems.  The video suggests that you can create a new circle called “Work2Export” which will allow you to create a circle with relevant work people (or in this case class people) which can be added to the new work account (college/course account) when that becomes available later this/early next year.  This would therefore allow you to avoid setting up a new Google profile at that later stage.  We should find out from Waseem when this course is to begin and if its in September this might still be an option.  I also found the article below which I think could deal with some of our concerns.  Let me know if there is anything else you can think of  that I need to look at.  In the mean time I’ll keep looking into it.  Have a good meeting on Thursday.

http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17441:google-introduces-business-pages&catid=155:nonprofit-newswire&Itemid=986

The Lynda video also said to keep an eye on the Google blog for news and updates on Google+.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

Some videos

Talk soon,

Julia

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