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30+ Google+ Accounts and Communities to Follow

More professionals are making use of Google+ accounts and communities for its ease of usage and integration with Google Apps. We also see Google is providing more services for education, including the Google Course Builder on which Google offers its Power Search MOOC courses.(new course will start in this week) OnlineUniversities.com had pulled together a recommendation list of Google+ accounts and communities around EdTech and education topics, you might find something useful for your interests.

  1. Udemy : Udemy represents education of the people, by the people, offering a community platform for building online courses. Follow them on Google+ to learn about their latest developments, how they’re using edtech, and cool courses you can take.
  2. Edudemic : Follow Edudemic to learn about the connection between educational technology. Great posts include a discussion on how professors are using social media, an exploration of MOOCs, and an online safety guide for students.
  3. Jim Sill : Once upon a time, Jim Sill worked in the TV/video industry. Now, he brings his video background to the classroom, with a passion for educational technology. As a Google Certified Teacher, he has a lot to share, including some of the best presentations on edtech out there.
  4. Ed Tech Crew Podcast : Follow along with this podcast to learn about the latest developments in educational technology, featuring video interviews, conference highlights, and more.
  5. Phil Wagner : Phil Wagner works at Google, and his passion is developing how we learn. Follow him to see what Google has next for education.

  1. Ian O’Byrne : Ian O’Byrne teaches and researches educational technology. His specialty is studying the literary practices of online spaces. See what he has to say about the way students and educators can use online communication tools like Google+ and Twitter.
  2. Alec Couros : Professor of educational technology and media Alec Couros has a lot to say about edtech, particularly on the openness in distributed learning environments. Follow him on Google+ to learn how educators can embrace the full potential of connectivity tools.
  3. Bill Selak : Bill Selak lives in the space where education and technology meet. On his Google+ page, you’ll learn about his experience with the Google Teacher Academy, find cool tools for education, and hear his thoughts about edtech.
  4. OnlineCollege.org : OnlineCollege.org stays on top of edtech, particularly in the higher education sector. Check out their page to find tips on using technology in college and beyond.
  5. Education : On Google+, any educational forum will naturally attract tech discussions, and this group is no exception. Find out what teachers, students, and parents have to say about tech developments in education.

  1. EdTech : This new group brings together education professionals, students, technologists, and more to discuss technology in education. Popular topics include distance education, apps, and success stories in edtech.
  2. Steve Hargadon : Steve Hargadon is the founder of Web 2.0 Labs, the creator of the Classroom 2.0 social network, a former employee of Blackboard Collaborate and a current educational technology consultant. Check out his Google+ page to learn from his great insight into how technology is changing education.
  3. K12 Education Technology : K12 Education Technology discusses cutting edge topics in educational technology for schoolkids, including 3D printing and engineering in elementary schools.
  4. Adam Bellow : eduTecher founder and president Adam Bellow is a great resource for getting connected to educational technology. Follow Adam’s page to see fun ways educators are bringing technology into the classroom.
  5. David Ashby : Follow David Ashby, an education technologist who is a big supporter of tech for schools. Check him out to find insights into using Google Apps for education, mobile learning, and more.

  1. Tyler Gayheart : Tyler Gayheart works at the University of Kentucky, finding ways to use modern technology to address age-old college issues. He’s especially interested in higher education online learning environments.
  2. Martin Cisneros : Martin Cisneros is an educational technology coordinator and Google Certified Teacher sharing the latest developments in the field. His account is a great place to find ways to implement and take advantage of educational technology tools.
  3. The EdTech Review : See what the EdTech Review has to say, and you’ll find out about technology that can help your classroom.
  4. Google Certified Teachers : Pop into this group to find educational technology insights from Google Certified Teachers.
  5. David Lee : David Lee’s Google+ page is all about educational technology, functioning as a great resource for edtech news, ideas, and opinions about educational technology.

  1. Molly Schroeder : Molly Schroeder loves to teach educators about using Google Apps for Education and other instructional technologies. Be sure to check out her account to find out how to put edtech tools to work.
  2. Google in Education : Google products, like Google+, have a major hand in educational technology. Check out this Google+ page to find out about news and tips for educational technology straight from the Big G.
  3. Kyle Brumbaugh : A self-proclaimed EdTech Guerilla, Kyle Brumbaugh’s account has lots of great insight for using edtech tools, professional development in technology, and social media in education.
  4. Yishay Mor : Yishay Mor teaches educational technology at the Open University, with a particular focus on technologies for participatory learning, collective action, and expression. Check out Mor’s Google+ to find highlighted TED Talks, MOOCs, and more.
  5. Tech in Edu : Check out this Google+ community to find great discussions on promoting technology in education.
  6. Higher Education: With nearly 600 members and growing, this group is a great resource for marketing and communications professionals in the higher education industry. The majority of members currently work for higher education schools, colleges, and universities. Discussions often focus on new marketing tools, technology, and careers. Plus, you’ll find a steady, but not overwhelming, stream of news, discussions, and ideas.
  7. EdTech: You’ll find a lively discussion on all things educational technology in this Google+ community. Join in to discuss all things technology in education with more than 2,000 education professionals, technologists, students and other interested parties. Discussions frequently focus on success stories, new education technology programs, trends, and presentations for best practices, so you’ll always be up to date on the latest happenings in the field.
  8. Technology in Education: Another great community for educational technology, Technology Education is a lot smaller than EdTech, but no less engaging. As a part of this group, you can find jobs in edtech, resources for mobile learning, MOOCS, social media, and much more. Definitely a place to check out for those interested in learning about all that technology in education has to offer.
  9. Gamification in EducationThis community offers an exploration of game mechanics in education, including gamification principles, examples, and strategies for using game mechanics in educational settings. Although much is being said about educational technology, game based learning and serious games are a great topic to follow and take part in as well. Find out how you can be a part of it with this community.
  10. Education: For anything and everything in education, this is a good community to join. It functions as a hub for all teachers, students, and parents, sharing plenty of perspectives on the state of education today. Frequent topics of discussion include resources, success stories, educational reform, flipped classrooms, and mobile learning. This community is even a great platform for advice, with lots of members asking for help and feedback from others.
  11. Educational Revolution: Changes are afoot in education, and this group is at the forefront of the revolution. The community is 2,400 members strong, and proclaims to be the future of learning. With a great dialog on the changes in education now and in the future, we’re inclined to agree. Discussions tend to center around how teaching and learning are redefined in the Internet age, but there’s plenty of edtech and classroom development as well. Join in to see how changes are taking place, and what you can do to influence these changes.
  12. Google Apps for Education: This is a popular group, and it’s no wonder: Google+ education users are often quite interested in what else Google might have to offer for education. This group is the ultimate resource for discovering apps, finding out how to use them, and discussing how you like to put Google Apps to work in education. Users also like to get help with the apps through tutorials and discussions.
  13. MOOC: If you’re staying up to date on the free online learning movement, the MOOC community on Google+ is a great one to follow. You’ll find discussions on MOOC trends, history, and contributions, as well as resources for finding some of the best courses out there. You can even find information on creating your own MOOC as an educator. Definitely one to check out for those interested in online courses.

With so many social platform (Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn, Pinterest, Scoop.it … ), actually now every tool is social, the only question becomes : how to manage the information flooding? Do we need information diet to have a space for real thinking and creating? Maybe less is more? Your thought?

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