Google+ Could Be 'Education Game Changer'

Teachers can connect with students without privacy issues: Liz Dwyer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 3:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Count another one for the Google+ camp: Liz Dwyer at Good writes that the new social networking tool "could end up being a serious education game changer." Google's format allows teachers to set up specific "circles" just for students or classrooms, eliminating those "weird privacy issues" that limits Facebook's utility as a teacher's helper.

"There's a good chance that Google+ is going to become a powerful communication and collaboration tool in the classroom," writes Dwyer. Google has a clear advantage on the K-12 level because of Facebook's 13-and-older restriction, but this applies all they way up to the college level, too. "I’m already planning on holding Hangout office hours this fall for students, where they can get on and ask questions about class material," a Lehigh professor says. Click for the full column.

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