Many teachers & schools have found themselves thrown into the new world of online teaching. Luckily, there are many tools and different ways to stay connected and teach your students during this time. Many platforms that you use in school, like GSuite with Google Meet, can help you with this transition from in-person classes to online classes. Google Meet is an amazing resource you can use for online teaching. If you already use Google Classroom, using Google Meet for online teaching should be pretty seamless. Let’s get started!
Access Google Meet
To begin using, just log in to your Google or GSuite account. Meet with a GSuite account has more features than Meet with a regular Google account. Recording your class, live streaming, and having more participants in your class are all features of Meet when you use a GSuite account.
Google Meet is integrated into many of Google’s other software, like Gmail & Google Calendar. In addition, access it at meet.google.com. From here, you can join meetings, start your own, and see your scheduled meetings.
If you don’t have a GSuite account yet, check out edu.google.com to see how your institution can get GSuite for free.
Schedule a Class
There are two ways to create a class with Google Meet. You can begin an instant meeting on the Meet homepage or schedule one within Google Calendar. We recommend scheduling your classes in advance so that all the setup is complete before your class begins.
In Google Calendar, you can set up a new event like normal. After you’ve inserted the name, date, and time, just click the bar “Add Google Meet video conferencing.” Now, the event will be scheduled with Google Meet and the URL to join the virtual meeting will appear. Copy and paste this link to send to your students. Otherwise, add your students in the Add Guests bar. One last set up piece is in More Options. Here, you can uncheck the ability for your students to invite other guests.
Start your Class
Meet is pretty simple and easy to use. When it’s time to start class, either click the event in your calendar or join by inserting the Meeting ID on the Meet homepage. Before joining the meeting, you will have an entry screen with some different joining options. You can choose to begin presenting your screen right away or entering with your camera and mic on or off.
You will see a toolbar at the bottom of the screen with different buttons. The far left has your meeting information and any attachments that you added from your calendar invite. The three different buttons in the middle allow you to mute your mic, end the call, or turn off your video. When the mic and camera buttons are red, you know that those tools are turned off. When they are white, they are on and in action. Over to the right, there is a live caption button that transcribes what you are saying in real-time. The last menu button gives you some more customizable options for your call.
To teach your students in a whole new way, you can share your screen through Meet. Share your whole desktop, a specific window, or a certain tab in Chrome. We recommend sharing your desktop so that your students can see everything you are doing.
At the top in the Participant tab, you are able to mute the students’ mic. This is helpful so that there are no distractions to others while you are speaking. You can also open up the chat to communicate with your students during the call.
When you are ready to be done with the call, just click stop sharing and the call will resume back to your video full screen.
Google Meet Restrictions
Google Meet is a great online teaching tool for video conferencing because of its simple interface and integration with Google Classroom. But, because of its simplicity, the current version is lacking some security controls.
Students are able to share their screen whenever they want: Your students will able be able to present their screen with any window they like whenever they want – with no way for you to disallow this.
Teachers cannot unmute students: This can get pretty tiresome for you if a pesky student keeps turning on their mic and you have to repeatedly keep turning it back off.
Teachers cannot completely end a meeting: When you want to end a meeting completely, you must wait for all your students to leave the call, otherwise, students can rejoin at any time, even after you have left.
Nevertheless, Google Meet is still a great tool because of the easiness to use and for those who use Google classroom and all of Google’s other applications.
In addition, if you need a student engagement tool to better simulate an in-person experience with your video calls, check out how Classpoint can be used right along with Meet, Zoom, or Teams.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out the links above!