So Google released another social networking tool, Google+ that they hope will pull some people from Facebook. They have had quite a large number of folks come over already (about 10 million at last count), so maybe this will do better than Wave and Buzz. I do like this a little better than Facebook, as it helps you segregate your people. For instance, I want to create a circle with my Professional Connections. Sorta like my Linked In. No problem. I create the Circle and drop in who I want. I also want a family circle where I share pictures–no problem, the family sees, but I do not need to worry about the whole world seeing them. Very nice!
So what does Google+ have to do with education? I think this would represent a great way to teach/discuss online safety with students. Students create a Google+ account, and then create a School circle. On this circle, you as the teacher monitor their traffic, using it as a place to educate, and it also gives them the freedom to create their own personal circles. Everyone wins. I also like the possibility of downsizing the number of social networks you use. No need for Facebook and Linked In, and probably some other networks. An interesting new addition…which we will see how well it takes hold in an already crowded social network environment.