Until a few days ago I hadn’t really come across Google + but a chance Tweet from Kevin Mclaughlin, a Twitter friend, got me an invite into the magic kingdom! (well the Beta Test anyway).
In just a few days I have set up a PLN Circle with many of the people who are a trusted and respected part of my wider PLN (The Educator’s PLN). I have also managed to add some more interesting people.
I have set up a Family Circle that my PLN people will not see. This allows me to have a personal social network that runs separate from the PLN. In the future I may set up some more specific Circles (maybe Maths Educators for example).
I have learnt how to use the Stream to comment and follow my PLN. Just like in Facebook I have been able to pick up some valuable links. I have even been able to have a link in Plus to my Facebook stream!
I have started to explore the “Sparks” section of the program and this has led me to some fascinating links on subjects of interest to me.
I have yet to explore the potential of the “Hangout” facility which would allow me to have up to ten people in a video or audio conversation.
I find it amazing that I have been able to get to grips with this in such a short space of time. I was reading an excellent post today by Lisa Nielsen from The Innovative Educator Blog. The title said it all: Think you’re a Digital Immigrant? Get Over It!
In this post Lisa states that learning about new technology is like all forms of learning… you try it and it goes wrong, you pick yourself up again and try until you gain some mastery and with it all comes confidence and (hopefully, eventually) facility and even expertise.
I am 58 years of age, a definite digital immigrant but I embrace new ideas and developments because I know they are significant to everyone’s future. Lifelong learners do not fear new technology… they embrace it!
- My Top 10 Pluses and Minuses in Google+ (blonde2dot0.com)
- Google plus – what’s it all about, Alfie? (b2b-techcopy.net)
- Paul May: How to use Google+ hangouts for your business (raventools.com)
- Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For? (readwriteweb.com)