💬 Collaboration with Google Chat, classroom participation, and more – Of bits and bytes for April 17, 2023

Internet Travels

Of bits and bytes is my weekly round up of interesting links and ideas I discovered on the internet. It is published on Mondays for the previous week


Tom Mullaney looks in to using Google Chat for collaboration and relationship building instead of email. Google Chat Spaces is an underused tool, it can do a lot to enhance collaboration and more importantly, a sense of community among students who may not have the opportunity to interact with each other in person.

There are more than one way to check for listening and participation in the classroom and the method you choose can affect how much participation you get.


If you’ve used ChatGPT or Bing Chat, you’ve probably seen that they can be wildly inaccurate but uncanningly confident in the informaiton they bring up so why is that? Part of the reason is their inability to understand human emotions, which leads them to providing irrelevant or unhelpful responses.

Pop Culture

It’s almost cliche at this point that it seems like Americans are really leaning in to the movie Idocracy, and recent IQ tests have shown that scores have dropped. We can debate the relevance of IQ tests all day, but it does seem that things in school are “different”.

Pot Pourri

The Smithsonian places 4.5 Million images into the public domain, which means these images are free for you to do whatever you want with, copyright no longer applies.

Extra Credit

Here are extra links that I found interesting that may or may not be education related or interesting to you and I didn’t want to lose them.
* Elevator door-close buttons don’t do anything
* After 56 years the Columbus Library’s ‘white whale’ returns with an apology | WSYX


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