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How to use Google Meet for elearning, online learning

How to do live video calls with Google Meet

This is a quick, easy way to connect with your students via live video. You can use it to do instruction, to hold group discussions, and just to help students see each other’s faces.

Google Meet is available for G Suite users (in education, business, etc.).  If you’re a G Suite user, you can create meetings for others to join. If you just have a personal Gmail account, you can only join meetings that others have created.

NOTE: Until September 30, 2020, Google has made its enterprise features available to all G Suite and G Suite for Education users. That means, among other things, you can record your video calls and do live stream broadcasts.  Click here for more information on that.

Here’s how to start a live video call with Google Meet:

1. Go to meet.google.com.

Click “Join or start a meeting.” Click “continue” to start a new meeting. (You can also add Google Meet calls to calendar meetings in Google Calendar. Under “Add conferencing” choose Google Meet.)

TIP: You can just click “continue” to start the meeting. But if you give the meeting a nickname — maybe your last name and the date or something — then students can’t rejoin it once everyone has left. If it’s important to you to make sure students don’t rejoin your meeting after you’ve left, give it a nickname and make sure every student leaves before you leave at the end.

2. Start your meeting. 

Before you join, you can a) grab the link to share with students and b) get a phone number they can call to join with just audio. When you’re ready to start the call, c) click “join now”.

3. Engage in your meeting.

Once you’re in the meeting, you have lots of options:

4. Take action on other participants.

Hopefully you won’t need to! But if you do, here are your options:

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