Are you facing school closure or could it happen any time now? Children and teachers will miss each other and they’ll miss the structure of school. It’s good to have a way to stay connected and offer another kind of structure and stability. Time to look into how you can communicate best with your students. We see that a lot of schools now opt for using Google Hangouts Meet as a communication tool.
Why would you choose Google Meet:
- It’s free for G Suite for Education users
- You can have up to 250 participants in a video call
- You can hear and see each other
- Easy to join a meeting with one link for everybody
- Available for Chrome as well as iOS and Android devices
- Record your call and save it to Google Drive
- Live-streaming for up to 100,000 viewers, so that you can stream a lecture
- Turn on live captions to help students focus
What would you use it for?
- Give live instruction to your students
- End the school day with an open mic for students to tell how they experience the day, their work and how they feel
- Pre-record a lesson instruction and share this
- 1-on-1 sessions for students who don’t have access to Wi-Fi all day, which you schedule through Google Calendar
Make some ground rules for using Google Meet:
- Students need to have access to Wi-Fi and a device.
- Who is talking? For example: the first five minutes the teacher is talking and everybody else mutes their microphones. The teacher appoints who is up next.
- Use the chat. Your students can ask questions without having to use their microphone and disturb the instructions. You can see their questions in the Chat and decide when you want to answer which question.
- Use set times. Don’t use Meet for the entire school day. Children need off screen time as well.
Ready to get started? Let’s do this! We’ve made you a step-by-step guide. Download the Google Meet guide for free.