Saturday, June 13, 2015

5 Google Apps for Reflection

We reflect often. It's a critical part of the learning process. But what makes some reflections more useful than others is the ability to revisit them and build knowledge. 


Since critical reflections can happen anywhere and anytime, it's important that you have the right tool for the way you like to work. 

Here are my favorite Google tools that work great for reflecting. 

1. Blogger

Keeping a weblog (or blog) of your experiences, interests, and knowledge is a productive way to reflect and develop your voice. Blogger is a simple platform that every Google account holder has just a click away.

For monitoring your kids or sharing blog authorship, explore the settings to add authors or automatically receive emails when posts and comments are published.


2. Docs  

To keep your audience on a short leash, make a doc for yourself or to share with others. Docs is the best option on this list if an unshared diary best supports the way you learn. But don't shy too far from the share options. You may find that your ideas are worth it.


3. Sites

Announcement pages are a great way to include a journal or diary as part of your website. Since the page access can be controlled, you won't have to worry about the wrong eyes prying.


4. Keep

If you are the type to make lists, try Keep. You can add labels to notes so you can cross catalog your ideas in as many ways necessary. 

Is your list ready to become a more formal document? Keep allows you to convert a note to a doc. 


5. YouTube

I love the power of video. It leaves us so vulnerable and honest.

YouTube is set up to do more than broadcast your masterpieces. Consider uploading reflection videos that are private or unlisted. If you choose to not list the video, only people with the link can access the video. 

If you have a set of reflection videos that you want to splice together to produce a more complete work, use the YouTube video editing and annotation tools to make your final product. 

Why Google Apps?

Learning starts with asking questions, and it becomes knowledge with reflection. Many other activities occur to take us from problem to solution, but documentation and sharing of both questioning and reflection can be facilitated with Google Apps.