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Google Meet

Getting Started:
Setting Up Meetings

Step 1:  Download the appropriate app

    •  If you’re using a Chrome browser, get the extension in the ChromeStore and click "Add to Chrome"
    • If you prefer Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer, download and install the plug- in.

Step 2: Set up your meeting:


Setting up Google Meet through Google Calendar

Step 1: Go to your Google Calendar

Step 2: Follow the directions on the video.

  • Teacher Note: When you start to share the "meeting" you can search by your google classes (each period should show up).

Written Instructions


Advanced Version of Office Hours/Calendar:

Share your office hour calendar with students on Google Classroom


Facilitating a Google Hangout Meet/ Classroom Management:
Written Instructions:
* Schedule a practice meeting with colleagues or family members so you can practice sharing screens, using chat functions, or breakout rooms.  This way you can work through any hiccups before you're ready to start with your students!
During the Meeting Resources
How do I start and record my meeting?
  1. Login to Google Meet through the same link you shared with your students.
  2. Start your recording:
Note: Once recorded you can post it for students who could not make your class session
What tools can I use during the meeting?
Share your screen:
Written Instructions:
-New adaptive meeting layouts & live captions in google meets:
Using Google Meet Chat in Gmail:
How do I share the recording with my students?
How do I access my recordings and share them?
Teaching Considerations
First Class meeting Considerations:
Review Video Conferencing Class Procedures: (some examples below)
  • Identify any roles for participants (note taker, time keeper, chat box monitor etc.)
  • Whether class sessions will be recorded, where these recordings will be posted, & who has access to view the recordings
  • Have a backup plan for tech issues: How can participants contact you if tech is not working? 
  • Personal life happens-consider as a group how you want to handle these situations (ex: don’t feel bad stepping away to . . . etc.)
Review Netiquette:  (Link to CCUSD Netiqutte)
Setting up Norms for Engagement
Before Class Considerations
Pre-Session communications:
  • Sending class invitation, agenda (Agenda Template), items to have on hand for beginning of class, big questions or topics for students to begin thinking about, etc.
Allow Check in SEL time
  • How early will the room be open? This can be valuable time for relationship building, debriefing, or even breaking bread together. (That will also give you time to address any tech issues and get comfy in your learning space.)
Assessment tools
  • Exit ticket, how you gauge student learning during and at the end of class
Every Class Meeting:
Setting the tone for your classroom:
Read the crowd:
  • Watch their faces
  • Encourage participation
  • Check in on tech issues: Ask periodically how their experience (audio, video, tool, learning overall) is going
Bike rack (parking lot) location/procedure for questions that came up but didn’t have time to ask.
Build in time for check-ins:
  • How are participants doing?
  • What questions do they have?
  • What else do they need?
SEL Check In (Could be at the beginning of class)

Strategies to use when doing an SEL Check in:

  • Chat box: Perhaps they all answer one question or do one icebreaker in the chatbox? This is a quick time-saver.
  • Round robin: Everyone answers quickly and picks up the microphone. Or have a few share their responses. Think about how to make it inclusive yet quick.

Activities that can be used with the above strategies:

  • Examples of Warm Up/Inclusion/Human Time for the start of class prompts:
  • Have students think of a song, food, or word that describes them at that moment. They could practice sharing screens (find a video on sharing screens here and a great non-example of sharing screens here).
  • Inspiration graffiti: Use a Google Doc and have them inset a picture that inspires them. They could also send these to you ahead of time and you can embed them into a slideshow.
  • 15 second treasure hunts: What might they all have to get up and look for? Strangest object? Something from their classroom? Something they are proud of? This is great to get students up and moving...which is not always common with online learning. Movement is great for the brain!
  • “That’s me!” Think about a few statements ahead of time that may or may not apply to students. Say the statements out loud. If they apply to the students, they have to stand up and say “that’s me!” More on this icebreaker can be found here.
  • Graffiti wall / Annotations: Create a Google Doc ahead of time or use the Whiteboard feature of Google Meet. Think about having the students collect something ahead of time to post as a graffiti wall. Favorite quotes? Favorite lines from the week’s reading? Perhaps there are several questions you have prepared ahead of time (and they could be silly-what they ate for dinner). Then they can respond to each other’s answers. More on this activity here.
Getting students to talk/engage with one another through Google Hangout
Turn and Talk:
  • Have each participant pair up with the person under them in the chatbox. (yes they will have two people to chat with)
  • Provide a pre-made list of pairs, based on a purposeful grouping strategy.
Protocols for Promote Student Talk:
Protocol: 3- 2- 1 (below is one example)
  • 3 things they learned from reading
  • 2 questions they have
  • 1 thing to bring to the group
Protocol: Jigsaw
  • Pre-assign the groups and readings
  • Provide direction for what and how they will report out
  • Consider using a Google Doc
  • Consider having people switch groups during the class (this has implications for how you prepare the breakout rooms...that students will have to set up and the slide(s) with assignments on them
Protocol: Gallery Walk
  • Use Google Slides for this activity
  • Through typing in the note section:
    • Create 1 slide for each image / idea you want people to comment on
    • Use the notes section beneath each slides for participant comments 
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