UPDATE: Google is shutting down Spaces on April 17, 2017
Google recently launched Spaces. They wanted to build a better group sharing experience that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic. Group sharing isn’t always easy but with Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in.
Features for Education
- Easy sharing. With Spaces, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a thing.
- Never miss a thing. If you want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, comments or images—quick search lets you pull it up fast.
- Quick to setup and share. You can create a space for any topic and invite members via messaging, email, a social network, or whatever way you like.
Applications for Education
- Spaces for Departments. Create a virtual space for your department colleagues to share links and conduct conversations. This would also work well for elementary grade level teams.
- Spaces for Clubs & Activities. Document club meetings and events with notes and pictures.
- Spaces for Group Learning. Have your students create spaces when collaborating on group projects.
- Spaces for Digital Citizenship. Use the Spaces platform as another tool to promote digital citizenship as a space where your students can get more experience in a digital environment.
Downside to Spaces
Currently, the negative to spaces for education is that the platform is not a part of the Google Apps for Education Suite. So if you want to use it you’re going to need to use a personal Google account to access the platform.
Spaces is available on Android, iOS, desktop, and mobile web for all Gmail accounts. Give it a try and create your first space today.
If you have other ideas for using Google Spaces in education please share them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!
Mr. Christopher J. Nesi