Thursday, November 12, 2009

Surfing the Google Wave

Have you heard about Google Wave? Maybe you might remember my post, Goggling over Google Wave, when I mentioned being really excited about its advent? Well, it's here and I've been playing with it.

Google Wave is the latest Google invention. It's a web application and a computing platform. It's also a realtime conversation and a document. To me so far, it's like a morph of IM and email, with bling. The bling is all sorts of things you can embed in your communication, like "bots" that will translate into other languages, maps, games, polls, videos etc. There's a heap of stuff on Youtube about it if you'd like to discover more, and Google themselves have lots of information about it.

This is early stages for Google Wave, and some things have been unstable, or confusing. However, it's been a lot of fun trying it out, and I'm thrilled by its potential. I believe it will be so useful for anyone who needs to collaborate over documents. After you invite people to join your wave, and they're there, you can see each other typing in real time, edit each other's work, add in links and other documents instantly.

I think kids will enjoy the application of new technologies in Google Wave. It makes a cool way to communicate over a social engagement (writing for an authentic audience!), and will really benefit teens who need to work on an assignment together, but are physically apart (writing for an authentic audience AND impressing the teacher!)

If you'd like to preview Google Wave for yourself, but don't have an invitation, email me via the tab up near my banner. Send me your email address, and I'll start an invitation to participate in the GWave preview wending its way toward you (via the Google Wave site.) If you'd rather wait until all the kinks are out, that makes good sense too. Me? I'm like a kid in a candy store!


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