Policy Discussion on Google+ and Hangouts

I have been asked a couple times this week about Google+ and Google Hangouts and if we were going to have either service enable for faculty and student accounts. This morning I had a conversation about it with the powers that be and I have been told that we are seriously exploring both options and it is being discussed in the policy committee at the school board. So, as much as you might want it right this moment, we are going to wait for the school board to decide how we are going to proceed with it (and all other social media). I am optimistic that we will be able to gain some traction in this area. I would really like to be able to offer Google Hangouts as an option for my workshops so that staff at either building could attend at any time. It would also make it easier for me to record my workshops to put them out for future reference if a staff member either can't make it or needs a refresher down the road.

I will certainly be working to keep in the loop as to what happens with this and will let you know as soon as I hear anything. In the meantime, those of you who need access for professional development reasons may find it easiest to create your own personal gmail account for that purpose.

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