The Virtual Debate project began as a way to infuse technology into an authentic argumentative experience by giving students an audience. To get started with the Virtual Debate, students in two classes agree to engage with one another and select a topic based on their interests and passions. Past topics have included police presence in schools, digital detox, competitive sports, and social media in schools. After selecting a topic, the two classes face off in a coin toss through Google Hangouts to decide the pro and con sides.
Edchat Interactive offers online professional learning opportunities via live video discussions. Sessions include a five- to 10-minute presentation on a concept, after which participants break into small video-chat groups for discussion. The small groups then present their findings to all participants.
Wordnik has the look and feel of a traditional dictionary with a twist. Along with the definition of a word, students see images related to the word, hear related sounds, and even see tweets with the target word highlighted.
Unhangout is an open-source platform for running large-scale online unconferences. The project uses Google Hangouts to create as many small sessions as needed and help users find others with shared interests.