How I Use It
Google hangouts is great for students to connect with each other face to face. I want to take it a step further and promote HOA or Hangouts on Air. Hangouts On Air is Hangouts except it is being recorded and saved to the owners youtube channel. This is an INCREDIBLE option in the classroom. It takes 10-15 min to setup, but once it is rolling you are able to create and move forward in excellent ways.
Using HOA I am able to have students create at home discussion groups or debate groups that are recorded and turned into me. Students will record their group discussion sessions that they may do outside of class and then submit them for review. I have also used HOA as a Pro-D tool. Allowing teachers to attend Pro-D webinars without leaving their classrooms. The recording piece allows for review of the training at a later date. Great product!