The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to prevent its spread have led, within the technological field, to the development of new programs and applications for communication between people, especially due to the virtual modality adopted by the education sector.
On this occasion, you will learn about one of the tools that has attracted the most attention in terms of available applications, by Google, to facilitate the way to teach classes in a virtual way that is necessary today.
Let’s talk about Google Meet
This Google application is not new, in fact, it was launched in 2017. In general terms, it is considered an update or new version of Hangouts . It is an ideal tool for making video calls in which a large number of people can participate.
Why so much attention?
As platforms such as WhatsApp and Zoom developed new tools to improve the quality of video calls and increase the capacity of people who could participate in them, Google did not hesitate to optimize Google Meet and show off its incredible features.
Google Meet allows up to 250 people to join a conference and is available for iOS and Android devices, so there is no excuse not to use it.
Free way due to the pandemic
This application has certain limitations, since it maintains a free version and a Premium version. However, due to the growing demand for these types of tools after the spread of COVID-19, Google Meet has made most of the Premium functionalities available to its users at no cost .
The adaptation of teachers
An important point in the growing use of this platform for educational purposes has been the adaptation of many teachers to these technologies and applications . A large percentage of teachers had never used this type of tool, so a short guide for use is fair and necessary.
So, in this article, you will find a series of valuable tips for teachers to begin to know how incredible and easy it can be to use Google Meet . You dare?
How to use Google Meet?
First, you must log into your Gmail account to enjoy this service. Next, configure your computer by entering the Google Meet portal.
- Click on the settings icon.
- Allows access to microphone and camera.
- Click on the “Done” button.
Start or join a meeting
Once the computer is configured, you will notice that, on the main Google Meet platform, there is a window with the option to ” Start or join a meeting “, which you will click on.
- Assign a name or enter the meeting code and click on the “Continue” button.
- A new window will appear on your screen. All that remains is for you to join the meeting by clicking on the “Join now” button.
- Google Meet will show you the information corresponding to the meeting: address, PIN code or access number. You can copy this information and share it with the rest of the people you want to join.
- Similarly, there is an option to add or invite people using their email address.
Tools within the meeting
Once the meeting has started, you will see a series of options below your image: buttons to deactivate your camera, microphone or exit the meeting, for example.
While, in the upper right part of your screen, you will see options icons that will allow you to add more people or view the meeting chat.
Finally, by clicking on the three dots that appear at the bottom right of your screen, you have another series of useful tools such as:
- Record the meeting, which would be saved as a video file on your Google Drive .
- Activate subtitles.
- Change layout.
What are you waiting to try Google Meet?
Using this important tool for educational purposes is extremely easy, and the options they offer are extraordinary. Start using Google Meet to teach your class now!