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G - Google+ and Ge.tt

The more free tools teachers start to use, the more options they find for similar products. Today we will look at to tools that are very similar to resources previously covered.

Ge.TT

Ge.TT

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Ge.TT is a file sharing service that lets teachers and students send content to each other. Users can sent videos, audio, images, and texts, or for convenience sake, bundle many files together and send them as a .zip file. You might be wondering, but Dropbox and Drive allow that and more. You can collaborate as well. While that is true, Ge.TT is useful when you just want to send something and be done with it. If you have many students or people accessing content, it can get tricking granting permissions and the like. Ge.TT allows you to send a file without havinig to manage users. This file sharing is very useful when students need to share files with the teacher or another person.

Google+

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The often maligned and underapprecaited Google Plus is a great tool for teachers. While not as popular as either Facebook or Blogger, it does have one great option that is not available to the other social media sharing platforms. Unlike its more popular competitors, Google Plus is great for creating a collage of various works on shared platforms. For example, let's say a teacher has multiple class blogs over multiple class terms or semesters. Everytime a teacher posts an update on Blogger or another social media platform, they can update in Google Plus, so followers of a teacher on G+ can get updates for each site the teachers is working on. While Blogger and Facebook can be great online classrooms. Google Plus can be a teachers online gallery. Also a small minority of people really dig Google Plus.

One reason is that it is more for introverts than extroverts. Many people use it like a combination of Evernote and Facebook. It allows them to share things they like and also keep track of what they are following without as much social interaction.