Google Hangouts provide cool PD opportunity

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Recently, I was returning home from New York, where I had conducted a results-only learning one-day institute for educators from a variety of schools in Nassau County.

via: Coppell Middle School

During the trip, I exchanged tweets with some Texas teachers who are currently transitioning to results-only learning. We wanted to follow up on my August visit.

How could we do this efficiently? Enter Google Hangouts.

While I sat at LaGuardia Airport in New York, I connected with three teachers and two students, roughly 1,500 miles away, in a classroom in Texas.

We created a Google Hangout, using our computers and gmail accounts, and they beamed me onto an interactive white board, creating a very Star Trek-like feel to the conversation (see picture).

Google Hangouts is a free web tool that allows people to have face to face chats from all around the world. In this case, the hangout provided a fabulous forum for educators and students to gather and discuss best practices in a student-centered classroom.

So, if you’re looking for a fun, easy way to engage other educators, forget the faculty lounge. Google Hangouts is where the cool teachers are.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, The uNseries, and other books from some of education's most reputable teachers and leaders. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Connect with @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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