I love the idea of using Google Hangouts with elementary students. I think it would be great if they had a “pen pal” from a different part of the world that they could speak to for geography. I also like the many possibilities Google Hangouts provides for older students and administrators. Students in middle school and above can do many group projects without having to meet somewhere outside of school. I also think it would be great to create homework groups, especially in math, and having the students discuss different concepts together in the evenings. This would allow the students to get any questions they may have answered and they can work out problems together. The article likewise mentions that professors can use Google Hangouts for office hours when students are unable to meet during the times provided. There are so many uses and so many ways that Google Hangouts can be used.
Google Hangouts can help students learn in meaningful ways through collaborating with fellow classmates, working with students from different schools in the district or even in other parts of the country, and allowing students to help each other outside of the classroom. Without this technology, your students could potentially have pen pals and discuss the geographic features of where they each live, but that would not be efficient and they would be unable to have detailed conversations. Not only does this technology efficiently allow students from different parts of the country or city to communicate, but it allows students to learn with and teach one another. For example, I recall learning new content in math classes and feeling able to complete practice problems, but as soon as I got home and pulled out my homework I just could not seem to remember how to solve the equations. With Google Hangouts, students can video-chat with other students in their class. Quite often, students are able to understand concepts when they are explained by fellow students. I feel that Google Hangouts is a great addition to any classroom and can truly help students learn with each other.