Goolaboration Series Part 1: What is Goolaboration?

What the heck does it mean to Goolaborate? To begin, I should be clear that I coined this term, so don't be surprised if you've never heard the word Goolaborate before!

To put it simply, Google + Collaborate= Goolaborate. In other words, it means: to use Google's Apps for Education (GAFE) to collaborate. As you read into this series over the next few weeks, my hope is that you begin to understand the power of this new concept.

Collaborative learning activities have long been used to communally facilitate learning. This is best exemplified by any type of group project. More recently, educational technology platforms such as Google Drive and the related GAFE have now made digital collaboration readily available to any teacher and student with a device connected to Internet. All of the GAFE collection can be used in this manner, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. At the heart of any Goolaboration activty is the ability for multiple learners to edit a shared Google file.

What's more, with the introduction of Classroom in August 2014, Google made digital collaboration not only available, but also extremely easy for teacher's to implement in the classroom! Although it is not necessary, Google Classroom can play a big role in rolling out Goolaborative activities in the classroom. In this series, I will explain the various possible ways to achieve Goolaboration, both with and without Google Classroom. In my next blog- Part 2, I will discuss how to create and share files purposed for Goolaboration, so check back soon!

Click here to view Part Two of the Series: Create & Share Collaborative Files.

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