Mar 18, 2020

Using Google Meet for Web Conferencing

There is a tool inside of the Google Suite that is an updated version of Google Hangouts, called Goog Meet.  If you have the Enterprise version of G-Suite, you have access to this tool - although your ADMIN may have to turn on the recording function and determine whether you will allow students or just instructors to start meetings.

Google Meet is a video web conferencing application.  You can make video calls and share your screen with up to 250 users (depending on bandwidth).  You can also enable captioning (not perfect, but it does a pretty good job) as well as record the session.  If you do record it will show up in your email later - it is actually located in your Google Drive in a folder called Meet Recordings.

Once you click "Join Now" you can share the link (the unique URL) with your students or other participants. You can post it in the classroom or share the link in an email.  Students can also phone in rather that use a device to see things - they will just be able to listen at that point.

An additional way to create a meeting, effective when you want to schedule something in the future, is to start it through Google Calendar.  Just add the virtual meeting and click on More Options to get to the Meet icon choice.  The link to the meeting will be created there as well for you to share with your students.

As a tip, if you are doing screen sharing you need to avoid the "mirroring effect" (multiple copies getting smaller and smaller, etc.).  To do this you want to use windows, not tabs!  So, open everything you want to share in your session in its own separate window (do this organization on your screen before you start the meeting). This way when you present you can choose the window instead of the entire screen which allows you to move around back and forth with ease!

The above video was the basic introduction to the tool, this Part II shows the operational aspects of Google Meet.


Instructional Strategy: Lecture, Demonstration
Bloom's Level = 1, 2 without activity (remembering, understanding)
                         = 3, 4+ with activity (applying, analyzing, etc.)

  • Push content
  • Introduce topic/content, followed by a discussion to support the concepts covered
  • The lecture should not just repeat textbook information but should provide additional information and examples
  • Provides the instructor the opportunity to apply the concepts from the book and course to real-world experiences
  • Provide an opportunity to demonstration process, formula, or data gathering/research methodology
  • Challenge the imagination
  • Stimulate reflection
  • Provide feedback
  • Remote tutoring
  • Virtual office hours

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