Using Google+ in ELT

06-Mar-2013

Social media has had a huge impact on our daily lives, and as previous blog posts have highlighted, the opportunities it opens up for educators continue to be wide ranging. Yet with so much out there, when it comes to deciding whether you should begin using a new network, it can be quite a daunting task to actually get started.

In my role as Marketing Assistant for the Macmillan English Campus team, I look after the social communities we have for the Campus, as well as onestopenglish.  We’ve recently started using Google+ and while I use Google to search and browse the internet every day, when it comes to their social network, I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a sceptic.
Back when Google+ first launched in 2011, it received an overwhelmingly lukewarm response. As anyone who still remembers Google Buzz will recall, Google’s previous attempts at the social media game had been, to put it mildly, slightly off the mark. Since then however, Google+ has significantly grown. In fact if you believe the reports, it’s now overtaken YouTube and Twitter to become the second biggest social network after Facebook.

Setting aside my initial reservations, it seemed about time that we gave Google+ a fair shot to see what the network had to offer. Over the past couple of months I’ve been getting to grips with our Google+ page and looking at the relevance of Google+ for those working within English language teaching and learning communities.

In the coming weeks I’ll be drawing on what I’ve learnt so far to offer a beginner’s guide to Google+ and exploring how its features can be used within the ELT space: both for professional development and in the context of teaching. So if you’re interested in getting set up with Google+, or just want to find out a bit more in general about the pros (and cons) of using social media in ELT, do join me for the following posts:

Wednesday 13th March: What is Google +? A complete beginner’s guide
Wednesday 20th March: Using Google+ in teaching
Wednesday 27th March: Using Google+ as a professional tool

If you’re already signed up, don’t forget to follow Macmillan English Campus on our Google+ page to keep up-to-date with all our latest news and blog posts. And if you have any suggestions or advice to offer related to what goes on in the world of social, just leave us a comment below. I hope you find the coming posts interesting!

Julie

 

 

 

Read more in Julie’s Google + series by following the links below.

A complete beginner’s guide

Using Google+ in teaching

Using Google+ as a professional tool

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