This post has the objective to share a tool I've learned about today: POINT.
Point is a Google Chrome Plugin which allows you to quickly share links to websites and videos with other people. And how does it work? You install the plugin to your Google browser, then every time you want to share a link with someone, press the key @ on your keyboard and a small box pops up prompting you to choose the person or email to share it with.
Check the video below with a demonstration.
What I liked about it is the possibility to work collaboratively. By sending the link to someone, whether they are online or not, we can use the chat box which pops up to develop a conversation and reflect together. You can highlight the parts of the text you find relevant and discuss about it as I did with a colleague, Juliana Gense, tonight (we are reading in English but discussing in Portuguese).
You can share and discuss about articles and blog posts:
You can share and discuss about Youtube videos:
And even share and discuss about pdf files which have been embedded to https://www.scribd.com/
Another amazing feature is the possibility to share the whole chat with someone else via email. And how to do that? After finishing a chat, you click the key @ again and type the email. This would be perfect for sharing a chat with the teacher. The screenshot below is an example of what the chat thread would look like after being sent by email.
How can we use Point with students?
Brainstorming uses with Juliana, we imagined some possibilities:
- Have a whole group of students discuss about an article synchronously or asynchronously.
- Divide EFL students in trios and have them get together synchronously to discuss about texts or explore new vocabulary in a text. Then, when they finish the task, the can send the whole chat to the teacher.
- Invite students to discuss about a video they watch together.
- Invite undergraduates or post graduates to analyze academic papers and discuss about the parts they find relevant, then email the chat to their professor or tutor .