Assignment: Research a topic, and present it to the class using a method of our choice. In order to facilitate realtime discussion and interaction, I chose to do my presentation as a Google+ Hangout. First I used Doodle to survey the class about a time that would work best for everyone. After finding a time that would be good for a majority of the class I created an Event on Google+ and invited everyone to attend. Due to external circumstances not everyone in class was able to be present at the Hangout, but for those who were we spent an hour discussing the concept of flipped classrooms.
Reflection: Prior to this Hangout, I had experience with hosting online conferences using other tools and had also been present during various Hangouts, but had not hosted one on my own. I found the Hangout to be an excellent way of discussing topics and sharing ideas with my classmates, and in many ways it far surpassed the traditional discussion board method of online student interaction. My experience as an educator helped me keep everyone involved and make sure the discussion moved along at a good pace, but I also wanted to make sure to give everyone a chance to share their thoughts and insights as well. It was, at times, a tricky thing to balance hosting the Hangout while soliciting input from others and also encouraging people to share. There were also a few technical difficulties throughout the Hangout, but we managed to work through these and they did not negatively impact the experience in any significant manner. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in remote online communication and collaboration.
Standards Addressed: TL-I Technology Operations and Concepts. TL-III.A.5 Design methods and model strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media, and graphics.