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 -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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