Will You Wave? 25 Google Wave Resources

Part of the Cool Sites series

On Tuesday, May 18th, Google announced that Google Wave is now available for everyone! Now you may have tried Google Wave in the beginning and felt it was not your cup of tea. Initially, Google Wave did have some annoying problems. However, like most technology, it has improved with time. Google Wave uploads faster, notifies you of updates through your e-mail, has many collaborative features, and now lets anyone join. Some of the collaborative features on the wave include video chat, embedding all sorts of documents within the page (PowerPoints, videos, and text documents), collaborative mindmapping, collaborative drawing, and much more! The video below will show you how to get started and wave.

Why Wave?

Google Wave is best for collaborative projects with a small amount of people. I find that larger Waves of 50 or more educators is overwhelming and difficult to follow. Personally, I prefer to be a part of a Wave of 3 to 15 active participants. I have mostly used Google Wave for organizing various virtual events, but have been part of Waves where educators have their students collaborate on projects. I urge you to try waving as part of a project. You can start with a simple meeting or project with your Personal/Passionate Learning Network to get the feel of how useful Wave is for collaboration. I would advise trying to Wave with someone who knows the ropes. I realize you may not know anyone who has used Wave, therefore, I am listing some resources for you to get started!

Resources and Tips

Educators on Google Wave:

  • Google Wave Educators group on the Edu PLN ning– 400 educators actively invite you to participate in their projects and waves. Several members of this group actively help mentor those new to Google Wave. Also, you can propose Wave projects for others to join! Don’t worry that the group will disappear, because the Educator’s PLN ning is not going anywhere!
  • List of Educators on Google Wave and their Twitter names– This list by @concretekax will help you see who is already waving on your Twitter network.

Useful tutorials and tips:

Youtube video tutorials and tips:

What are the best gadgets, extensions, and bots?

Google Wave and Education:


Try using Google Wave for a collaborative project or have your students try it for a team project.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. I will admit that I am one of those who thought that Wave technology was cool, but quickly lost interest because I wasn’t seeing it used well as a collaborative tool. You have renewed my interest, I am excited to give it another try armed with the excellent resources and tips that you shared here.

  2. Fantastic post Shelly, some great reference sites as well – thank you (although still can’t see them in China).
    I too, like ktenkely, was a bit worried about the future of the wave, but now hopefully, with the doors open, it will be used and developed by the masses.
    There are still a few niggling aspects, which might be because of my location, but I can see google hitting the spot again. Fingers crossed anyway, I’m staking my website’s success on it!

    • Kelly and eslteachertime,

      Thank you for the comments. I think the newest features make Google Wave an exciting educational tool. I am glad I have helped you try this again. I am super excited to read how educators will now use this in their classes.

  3. Hi Shelly,

    Our teaching association’s committee has been using Google Wave for a few months in order to communicate on issues and organize workshops – have to say that it’s incredibly useful and in many respects much more efficient than twitter due to the permanent record and the fact we can upload our documents straight into the wave.

    I also like that we can have sub groups while something is being planned and then invite other members in when we’re ready for them and they can read through how we arrived at xyz. Things like the poll function help with decision-making too.


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