I just received my Google Wave invite. Anyone else catch the wave yet? Let me know so I can add you to my contact list. If you do not have one yet, I have 5 invites available. Now, how to use this tool in the classroom....time to explore
I have explored it a bit, but am unable to see the full potential until I am able to join with other people to see the possibilities. I sent out invites to a few people, but I am not sure how long Google will take to respond. Right now, One thing with Google Wave is that it allows you to embed a Wave onto a Blog/Website.. Visitors can respond on your Blog and it will appear on the Wave. You can respond back on the Wave and it will appear on the Blog. This video demonstrates this feature along with other examples.
I think the real power in Google Wave will be when we (edu-geeks) get a chance to use it in a collaborative writing environment, and not just as another chat tool. I can imagine using it in any number of sessions where groups are using it for real problem solving, collaborative work. I'm thinking it's like wikipedia on fast-forward, but then again, it's hard to tell what we will do with it.
I just remember the first time I looked at Twitter, and didn't know how useful it was until I started using it as a basis for building my PLN. I'm sure Wave will turn out to be pretty transformational, once we get enough collaborators on board.
I'm really not digging on Wave yet, and I don't think it's a function of it's abilities so much as a function of my position. Classroom teachers on the whole simply don't have the time to invest in such an engrossing medium, that seemingly demands a lot of attention. Don't get me wrong, I think it will make an excellent publishing tool, and a simple way to share a groups work effort without the tedium of a wiki, but I don't see the adoption rate among the classroom teacher going to be nearly as high as it is with Twitter, Wikis, and Blogs.
My 2 cents worth, take it or make me think otherwise :)