Monday, December 31, 2012

Google+ Communities Live Brainstorm - January 9th

Join me Wednesday, January 9th, for a live Futureof community conversation and brainstorm to talk about the use of Google+ Communities, and specifically for learning and education. To experiment with Google+ communities, I started a group called "Education Revolution," which is now one of the larger education communities and which has proven to be surprisingly engaging for me personally.

However, as is often the case with Google social initiatives, it feels like some really critical components to the experience are missing. This 90-minute session will be an opportunity to discuss: how G+ communities are being used by teachers, students, administrators, and others; tips and ideas from those of you having success; community management techniques and the increasing value of community organizing skills in education; what we would tell Google to improve if they were listening; how grass-roots and peer-learning communities impact long-term education conversations; and anything else you want to discuss (feel free to leave notes in the comments here).

I'm also particularly interested in the difference between G+ Communities and curation-style services like Mightybell, Learnist, Pinterest, and the like, especially since I do consulting work for Mightybell and personally prefer the organization and ease of finding content and discussions in a Mightybell "space"--which are very difficult right now in G+ Communities.

I know it seems weird not to use a Google Hangout for this conversation, but Blackboard Collaborate allows for more participation and flexibility for a larger audience, but I do hope we will explore in the brainstorm ways in which Hangouts are or can be a part of a learning community.

Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at

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