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Remote Teaching Using Google Hangouts Meet.
Remote teaching is becoming essential. The question is, how do we do it effectively.
Luckily, there are lots of tools available already that are perfect for remote teaching.
In this “How to” guide, we are going to learn how to use the Google Hangouts Meet app to both run online lessons and have essential remote meetings with colleagues.
If your school uses Google Classroom, you can read how to use it as a remote teaching platform in another of my guides: Taking Attendance and Remote Teaching Using Google Classroom.
You could also try Zoom. Here’s a guide that walks you though using it: Taking Attendance and Remote Teaching using Zoom.
Google Hangouts Meet is a brilliant app, that can make remote teaching very easy. You can lead your class just like you would do in the classroom. I have found it very easy to use and very effective as a teaching tool.
STOP PRESS: Google Hangouts Meet is usually a paid tool. However, Google have made Hangouts Meet FREE until the end of July 2020 to help teachers who are remote teaching because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I also have a great study guide that you can attach to Google Classroom assignments that will give your students a very effective plan to use while they are away from school. I’ll pop a link to in at the bottom of this post.
I have also added a video at the bottom of this guide which shows how you can use Google Hangouts Meet from a laptop. It’s pretty much the same as using a tablet but with some subtle differences.
Remote Teaching with Google Hangouts Meet.
Starting a Google Hangouts Meeting.
Google Hangouts Meet allows users to run meetings remotely with either a tablet, phone or laptop with a webcam and microphone. This can be used to deliver lessons to students as well.
On a tablet, download and launch the Hangouts meet app. In this example we will be using an iPad, but the steps are very similar on other tablets.
To join a meeting that someone else has set up, click the “Meeting code” button and enter the meeting code provided by the person who has set up the meeting.
For the rest of this tutorial, I will be assuming you are setting up a meeting/lesson yourself.
Click the new meeting button.
When you start a new meeting it creates a meeting code with the immediate option to share it.
Click on “Share joining info” link.
The Options when Sharing Joining Info.
You can easily share the joining info by clicking your preferred method. You can either use email. You just type in the email addresses of the colleagues or students you want to join the meeting).
If your school uses Google Classroom and you already have classes set up on their, you can just click the Google Classroom icon and it will direct you to your already set up classes.
Google Hangouts In-Meeting Controls.
Once you have started or joined a meeting, tapping on the screen brings up further controls.
You can switch your camera and microphone on or off independently.
If you have your camera on, consider where you are and what you are wearing! Those pjs maybe comfortable but do you want your colleagues or students seeing you in them!
It’s probably best to do it in a room where you don’t have many distractions (and no mess on show!).
Two Way Conversation During a Hangouts Meeting.
Clicking on the “See typed comments” icon (see previous step) brings up a conversation window.
The host of the meeting and all attendees can have a conversation here.
Sharing You Screen.
In further options you can share your iPad screen.
Use this to present anything on your iPad, for example handwritten or typed notes, websites, photos, any app etc.
This is a brilliant function to highlight model answers, share videos or explain diagrams.
This is where Hangouts Meet comes in to it’s own.
Switch on “Do Not Disturb” Mode.
Do this BEFORE presenting your screen!
While presenting your screen, you don’t want your students or colleagues to see any of your notifications pop up on your screen.
Things like messages from your partner or children, non-school email notifications or notifications from other apps or websites you may use.
To avoid this, swipe down from the top right corner of your screen. This reveals the control panel.
Clicking the moon icon switches “do not disturb” on. Whilst on, you will receive no notifications. When you switch it off after the Hangouts Meeting, you will get any notifications you missed.
Start Presenting Your Screen.
When you click “Present screen” in the “Further options” menu you will see this screen.
Clicking “Start Broadcast” gives you are 3 second countdown before the Hangouts Meet attendees see your screen.
To stop sharing your screen just click the little red icon in the top right corner of your screen and click “Stop”. You can then continue your Hangouts Meet as before.
Using these free Google apps, remote teaching isn’t as difficult as we imagine and can actually play into our hands. Students feel comfortable using apps (more comfortable than many of us anyway!)
If you have any other great tips or ideas, please comment below so we can all benefit from them.
Here’s the link to my study guide as promised!
(It will also help me keep this website running!).
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