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Google Hangouts: Virtual Field Trips and Connecting with Classrooms

posted Nov 20, 2015, 8:10 AM by Shawn Beard   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 8:11 AM ]
Using Google Hangouts is a great way to connect your students with what is going on beyond the walls of your classroom.  Whether you are connecting with another teacher, or taking a Virtual Field Trip, there are endless possibilities that can expand they way your students think about learning.  

If you aren't familiar with Google Hangouts, go to https://hangouts.google.com/ and login using your GAFE or Gmail account.  From there you can connect with people by Messaging, Video Call, or Phone Call.  Best of all, Google has now made Google Hangouts more accessible.  The people you connect with no longer need a Google Account to join a Video Call (see this article).  So all you have to do is create a Video Call (from https://hangouts.google.com or an event in Google Calendar) and share the link with your friend.  They can then join the video call as a Guest.
 
If you're looking for ways to connect using Google Hangouts, here are a few suggestions:

  • Conduct a Professional Development Session with teachers
  • Connect students with a Virtual Field Trip of a museum or cultural center
  • Connect with an author, politician, scientist, etc... to bring real-world learning to your lessons
  • Connect your classroom with a classroom on the other side of the state, country, or world so students can see how the other half lives
If you're looking for someone to connect with, join the Google Hangouts in Education community on Google+.  Post your request to connect to see if someone can join you.  



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