Google Groups

What is the tool? How does it work? What's special about it?

This tool is used to group people with common interests. People may join a group or create their own for their family, sports team, etc. Discussions that are private or public can occur.

How might this tool be useful to students & teachers?

This tool can be useful for group work using the jigsaw model. Students can either bring differents pieces of info together to form a whole or they can work on one topic together. The students can make it more meaningful and personal to them by editing and designing the group page. This is easy to use for the students. This tool can also open up a discussion on one topic for lit, history or science.

Students can store files here so that if it is saved on a group member's usb drive and the the student is absent, it won't hold up the team.

Teachers could use it for collaboration and/or committee work. Teachers can also use this to have other teachers edit their work before it goes home to families.

What else do we want to know about this tool?

Can you add links to other places like in wikis? How is this different from google docs?... and wikis?