I’m fortunate in that I have a large class (46) eager students that like to learn new technologies. It will be fun to do some of these new projects with them. I started off trying to get them into Google+. This proved more of a challenge than I had originally thought. My first step was to create a circle named OPIM 257. Since Google+ is in Beta now, they are restricting who can join; however I can individually invite people to join. Some of the students had an MSB gmail account, but not a separate gmail account, and we rapidly found out that you need to have a separate one. Some of the students were already on Google+ and it was very easy to add them in. Others still have not yet been added, but we are getting a lot closer. I realized that everyone would have to have all the class in their own circles as well for this to work, so everyone needed to have everyone else’s gmail information. The way I gave my contact information to the students was as follows:
1) Go to gear at right top of Google+ screen.
2) Click “Google+ Settings”.
3) Select “Data Liberation”.
4) Save your contact information for all your contacts to a zip file on your hard drive.
5) Extract the files. You will see a vcf file for each of your circles.
6) Send the circle for the class to the rest of your students.
Here are a couple of ways that students were able to open up the vcf file and add the contacts:
Student 1: First let me preface, I’m working on a Mac.
1. I clicked the vcf attachment and it was saved in “my downloads”
2. In Google+, I clicked my name on the top right
3. On the left under the Google Logo, I clicked “Find People” in red
4. I clicked “upload address book and chose the vcf file in the downloads folder of my computer
5. All contacts were added.
Then, I think you have to drag everyone into a circle. There was no easy way to do this other than to click shift and click everyone so you could drag everyone at once.
1) Go to the “Circles” icon on the top of the Google+ page
2) Go to “Find People”
3) Choose “Upload Address Book”
4) Select the OPIM 257.vcf
5) Drag those contacts into a circle
Some of the students immediately got into it, “hanging out” together, via the “Hangout” function and posted all kinds of items. It made me excited about the possibilities of the new tecnology.
I also tried to send out a “pretest” form using a Google Docs link. I didn’t realize a couple of things, so this did not go as planned. For one, I thought it would automatically go out as a form the students could fill out. Instead it went out as a spreadsheet. Today, I’ll try to figure out how to send out a link that will direct them to the form. Also, some of the students were not yet on Google+, so they couldn’t even see the link. Live and learn.