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With Hangouts and Hangouts on Air you and your students can collaborate through live video learning sessions and chat. Currently, up to 150 people can chat in a Hangout and 25 can video chat! Hangouts on Air has changed quite a bit in recent years. With Hangouts on Air you can livestream to the public or privately and record the video collaboration session. Hangouts on Air is launched from a YouTube channel. My tip is to create a Google class account associated with a class Youtube channel. Hangouts allows you to record and easily make screen video tutorials or just have a video of group collaboration. By having your Google class gmail and plus account you can make sure all those videos go to your channel! If you want to use Google Hangouts as a way to do a whole class to class communication or for inviting guest speakers virtually in the classroom, then younger students will be able to safely take part. However, for the tips below I recommend students be 13+, which is the age students can legally have an individual Google Hangout accounts. Below is a slide presentation (download for free) of some of my favorite tips, apps, and resources to help you get your students on Hangouts on Air.
- Remember to record the Hangout session, choose Hangouts on Air, and if you just want video chat, then choose Hangouts.
- Download the free Hangouts app available for iOS and Android.
- Every video chat is better when students can get to know each other! Have them add their names with the Lower Third feature located in the Hangouts Toolbox app. Look at the slideshare for details.
- You can screenshare and text chat with Hangouts. However, these features are best using the browser version versus the mobile app.
- With chat, share clickable links and have a backchannel while the recording takes place. The chat does not get recorded in the video.
- You can even use emojis during the chat so that you can get feedback with emojis. Check out my other lessons with emojis.
- Have different roles for students- leader, reporter, note-taker, distributer! I have these descriptions in my book, Learning to Go. Only $5.99!
- Have at least one student take notes on a Google Doc, since the chat does not record. I have this note-taking Google Doc for you to make a copy of!
- With the screen share feature, students can demonstrate to their group members how to use a web tool or they can watch as they collaborate on thes same document.
- With the ability to easily link and view files, peers can collaborate on a Google slide presentation, work on a spreadsheet, create a collaborative infographic with spreadsheets, brainstorm using various graphic organizers, have a debate (they can share briefs and research to back up their stances), work on a collaborative book on Google Slides and so much more!
- Connect with me on Google.com/+ShellySanchezTerrell for more tips and resources.
- To discover more Google tips and tricks, check out my post, Get Your Google On with These Google Gurus and Hashtags.
Find the tools listed above and many more resources in the bookmarks below.