Wave Hello to Google Wave – 10 Uses of Google Wave in Education

Initially released only to developers, and invited users, Google Wave has just been released to the general public. Google Wave is an online software application product from Google. It is described as “a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration” designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.

This application has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide spelling and grammar checking, automated translation among 40 languages, and numerous other extensions fit for a classroom. Some of the collaborative features on the wave include video chat, embedding capabilities, collaborative mindmapping, drawing, and more!

This video will help get you started with Google Wave.

Google Wave can be useful in the classroom. Instructors will be able to see which students did what and how ideas are progressing and they can comment as students are working. Educators and students can easily work together on projects. There is a Google Wave Educators group on Ning where you can participate in waves and projects and also get help from more experienced users.

‘Wave in Class,’ is a wave started by Loren Baum and Sam Boland aimed at exploring topics like “Collaborative Note Taking” and “Wave as a Debate Host.” There are around 100 people in the wave, ranging from teachers to PhD students to IT professionals to high school students.

Many people have come up with unique ways to use Google Wave in the classroom. Here are 10 of those:

  • Group projects to encourage leadership and management skills
  • Real-time international exchanges. Translation bot can allow students to communicate with students in other countries without language barriers.
  • Curriculum planning
  • Lesson/activity planning
  • Collaborative composition (sonnets, screenplays, scripts, etc.)
  • Planning presentations.
  • Planning school trips. Staff and students can collaborate in the planning process.
  • Creation and collaboration of a students e-portfolio, work, assignments, progress, etc.
  • Blogs and Wikis
  • Forums

With all this collaboration, Google Wave helps teachers see individual progression of each student, allowing for more attention and focus for students who need help.

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