Google Apps for Education
Students at the University of the Pacific have Gmail as their primary school email. In addition to email, students have access to Google Docs, Google+, and Hangouts. While there is some limited integration between Google Docs and Sakai, there are some valuable collaborative technologies behind each of these tools that have applications for both online and blended courses.
Using Google Docs in a Class
Google Docs is a versital tool that can be used to help manage document workflow, student feedback, and student and peer collaboration. This video was created to demonstrate how it was used in one of the sections of PACs I in Fall of 2012.
Using Google+ Hangouts on the Air
Google+ Hangouts on the Air provide a way to use Hangouts in classes larger than 9 people (including the instructor). While Hangouts on the Air still only provides 9 slots for interacting, additional participants can view the Hangout through a streaming YouTube channel that is also recorded for future viewing which can be useful for both review or for students unable to make it to the live event. This video looks at setting up a Hangout as well as some other concerns you should be aware of such as privacy and copyright limitations.
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