This week, our class is looking into how we, as future teacher librarians, can use content collaboration tools. After joining Google+ (another thing to join!? Another thing to check? Yes and yes!), I can see how it is changing the way social networking in the classroom. The use of circles makes the issue (and fear) of privacy a little less daunting, allowing users to share only certain information with certain groups, or circles, of people. The chat feature would be useful for conducting a virtual bookclub over the summer (or anytime of year!)
• Set up a Google Doc for students to input their lab results on after a science experiment, allowing students to analyze the classroom data.
• Use Google Calendar to share your schedule with teachers - publicize the time you are free to collaborate with them!
• Create a classroom Wiki and collaborate with students from another part of the country or world
• Have high school students create a Mindmeister (http://www.mindmeister.com) when brainstorming an upcoming group research project
• Middle school students can create "Choose you own Adventure" type books with Storybird (http://storybird.com)
Possibilities = endless.