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Will You Wave? 25 Google Wave Resources

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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:

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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  • May 23, 2010 - 20:41 | Permalink

    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.

  • May 24, 2010 - 06:15 | Permalink

    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!

    • May 24, 2010 - 12:58 | Permalink

      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.

  • May 24, 2010 - 17:17 | Permalink

    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.


  • May 30, 2010 - 15:09 | Permalink

    Being able to embed Waves (particularly group and public Waves) into a web site has increased Wave’s utility significantly for me. It draws attention to the conversation in ways that were not possible before. You’ve included the link above, but it’s worth repeating:

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