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My school are using Google for Education

You may consider live-streaming lessons or video-conferencing as part of your blended learning approach. If you do, due regard should be given to the guidance outlined in Live-streaming and video-conferencing: safeguarding principles and practice to ensure you and your learners are appropriately protected and safeguarded.

Google Meet provides teachers with audio, video, file and screen sharing that can be used to facilitate live stream lessons with learners.

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There are 2 ways teachers can arrange lessons using Google Meet :

  • Meet in Google Classroom (recommended)
  • Scheduled Meet in Google Calendar (for use with external users only)

NB Learners cannot start or set up a lesson.

Important

We recommend that for meetings/lessons with learners, teachers should only use Meet in Google Classroom, this will ensure:

  • Only Hwb users can join.
  • Teachers must be present before learners can join.

NB All meetings must be ended as outlined in Ending lessons.

Teachers must share the Class Meet link (that can be found in Classroom Settings) into the Classroom in order to control when learners can join a Meet. (How do I share the lesson ‘Meet link’ with learners and teachers?)

Teachers and learners can use the same link for all class meetings.

NB The Class Meet link generates a new unique meeting code each time it is used. So the learners cannot join until the teacher has shared the Meet link.

Google Meets can be organised for up to 100 participants in total, including members of staff.

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Click the Class settings (cog wheel icon).
  3. Under General, click Generate Meet link. A Meet link appears for your class.
  4. At the top, click Save.

Note: only you and your co-teachers can create, show, hide, or reset the meeting link for your class or start a class video meeting in Classroom.

If you have issues with the link, you can reset it and get a new one. After you reset the link, the old link won't work.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. Click the Class settings (cog wheel icon).
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow, Reset.

You will need to copy the Meet link and share it with learners and teachers so that they can join the lesson.

Note: When scheduling appointments with learners, teachers must not add Google Meet video conferencing. Teachers should only share the link when they are ready for the meeting to start, as learners can join a Meet created in the calendar before a teacher, if they have the link.

You can copy a Meet link and paste it into an assignment, question, or message.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. Click the Class settings (cog wheel icon).
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow, Copy.

You can now share this Meet link by pasting it into an announcement, assignment or question :

  1. On the Stream page, click Announce something to your class.
  2. Enter your announcement and at the bottom, click Add
  3. Paste the Meet link, click Add link.
  4. Click Post.

Note: You can also schedule the post for later or save it as a draft.

  1. On the Classwork page, click Create, Assignment or Question.
  2. In the assignment or question details, click Add
  3. Paste the Meet link click Add link.
  4. Click Assign or Ask.

Note: You can also schedule the assignment or question for later or save it as a draft.

There are 3 ways of starting the lesson from the Class.

  1. At the top of the Stream page, under the class code, click the Meet link.
  2. At the top of the Classwork page, click Meet.
  3. In an announcement, question or assignment, click the link for the class video meeting.

You will then see a Meet page where you can adjust your camera, background and audio settings. Click Join now.

If you’re the first person to join the meeting, you’ll see a window to invite others. If you don’t need to invite anyone or share the meeting link, you can close this window.

Note: When you click the Meet link, you start the meeting. Learners can join the meeting immediately after you if they have the link. Teachers should only share the link when ready to do so.

How do I start a lesson using Google Meet app?

The Meet app is another way for teachers to create a lesson for selected learners without scheduling. This allows you to create a lesson very quickly.

  1. Select the Meet app from the waffle on the Google Classroom tool bar.
  2. Click Join or Start a meeting.
  3. Optional: Create a nickname for your meeting

Tip: A nickname is not mandatory. If you do choose a nickname, please ensure that it is unique as these nicknames could clash with other school’s meetings/lessons and cause attendees to inadvertently join the wrong meeting.

  1. Click Continue.
  2. You will then see a Meet page where you can adjust your camera, background and audio settings. Click Join now.
  3. The Add others window will be shown. To add someone to a lesson, choose an option:
  • Click Copy joining info and paste the meeting details into an email or Class Announcement or another app.
  • Click Add people, under the Invite section, select a name, or enter an email address and click Send invite. (The invited users will receive an email with joining details)

As the lesson organiser, you can manage options during the lesson to increase your learners’ online safety.

You can access the Host controls for the meeting through the menu bar at the bottom of the screen

  1. Click More options (3 vertical dots).
  2. Select Settings, then Host controls.

You will then have the option to turn these controls off or back on:

  • Quick access – When turned off, everyone who isn’t invited must ask to join (‘knock’ to enter), including people with a Hwb email address.
  • Share screen – When turned off, only the host can share their screen.
  • Send chat messages – When turned off, only hosts can send chat messages.

Note: To control access to their meetings, hosts can turn "Quick access" on or off. By default, this setting will be on.

When you change the "Quick access" toggle to ‘off’ learners must ‘knock’ to request to join the meeting.

Important: Recording is only available with the computer version of Meet. Mobile app users are notified when the recording starts or stops, but cannot control recording. Only Teachers can start or stop recording a lesson.

  1. Open Meet, Start or Join a meeting.
  2. On the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, click More options (3 vertical dots) and select Record meeting, then Start.
  3. Wait for the recording to start.

Other participants are notified when the recording starts or stops.

  1. On the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, click More options (3 vertical dots) and select Stop recording.
  2. Click Stop recording again to verify.
  3. The recording also stops when everyone leaves the meeting.

Go to our Recording and storing videos page for details on where Google Meet lesson recordings are stored or sent.

You can click the camera icon to turn your camera on or off.

Changing background

You can change your background effect before or during a call. Before a call, in the bottom right of your picture preview, click Change Background. If you are already in a call you can navigate to the bottom right and select More options (3 vertical dots).

Options

  1. Blur your background.
  2. Slightly blur your background.
  3. Select a pre-uploaded background.

Not all browsers or devices support making changes to the background.

It is recommended that you encourage your learners to choose a background effect or blur their background as outlined in Live-streaming safeguarding principles and practice for education practitioners.

To mute or unmute yourself, at the bottom of the video window click Microphone icon to Mute/Unmute.

If you have feedback or hear background noise while in a video meeting, you might want to mute the microphones of learners.

There are 2 ways to mute a learner.

  1. Click on the learner’s thumbnail and select the microphone to mute
  2. Click on the People icon, select the 3 horizontal dots next to the person you want to mute, select Mute.

Tip: For privacy reasons, you cannot unmute another person. Ask the learner to unmute their audio.

Warning : It is possible for non-Hwb accounts to request to join a lesson if the meeting link has been shared (either intentionally or unintentionally).

During the lesson, a pop-up message will appear on the screen saying someone from outside Hwb is asking to join.
It is recommended that if you do not recognise the account you should click Deny entry to reject the request to join the lesson.

If you have accidentally admitted someone to the lesson, you can remove them from the lesson.

To control access to meetings, hosts can turn Quick access on or off in Host settings. By default, this setting will be on.

When you change the Quick access toggle to off, learners and staff must ‘knock’ to request to join the meeting. The host will have the option of admitting learners to the lesson.

To ensure a learner doesn't join a lesson before a teacher, the teacher should only share the meeting link when they are ready for the meeting to start.

For this reason Scheduled meetings via Calendar should not be used for sessions with learners.

To see who is currently in the online live lesson click on the People icon in the top right of the screen. The number attached to the icon indicates how many people are in the live lesson. Once clicked, you will be able to see who has joined the live lesson.

At present, Google Classroom does not include a function for downloading attendance lists.

Tip: practitioners could click on the People icon in the top right of the screen and then take a screenshot of the attendees.

Practitioners could create a Google form with a question like ‘What is your name?’ Sharing the link to the Google form in the session would allow learners to register for the lesson and the results would provide the practitioner with a list of attendees.
If you choose to use this option we would recommend changing the form settings to:
Collect email addresses
Restrict to users in Hwb and its trusted organisations

Information: We are not able to provide the email addresses or IP addresses of any external users. This is a Google restriction and as such if this information is required, the school will need to contact the police, who would then need to contact Google.

Present during a meeting

  1. In the bottom-right corner, select Present now.
  2. Select Your entire screen, A window, or Chrome tab.
  • If you present a Chrome tab, it shares that tab's audio by default.
  • To present a different tab, at the bottom of your screen, select Change source.
  1. Select the content you'd like to share.
  2. Click Share.
  3. If someone is presenting, confirm that you want to present instead.

Tip: If your camera is turned on, your video is active while you're presenting.

  1. In the bottom-right corner, click Name is presenting.
  2. Select Your entire screen, A window, or Chrome tab.
  3. A warning will let you know someone else is presenting and ask you to confirm if you want to take over as the main presenter.
  4. Click Share now.

If another participant presents their screen, you'll get a notification that your presentation is still visible to others. You can click the buttons in the notification to end or resume your presentation.

Learners can present their screen using the Present now option.

Once a learner has finished presenting, teachers can remove their screen.

There are 3 ways to remove an attendees presentation.

  1. Click on the learner’s presented screen and select the delete icon to Remove from meeting
  2. Click on the People icon, select the 3 vertical dots next to the learner’s presentation, select Remove from meeting.
  3. On the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, More options (3 vertical dots) and select Settings, then Host controls, and then click the Share their screen toggle off and on. (This will remove all presented screens).

Click on the hand icon to raise or lower hand.

This feature allows learners to virtually raise their hand allowing you and other learners to identify when they wish to speak with a visual cue on their video feed. This makes it easier for you to manage a lesson.

Tip: Teachers can lower attendees hand via People icon.

Click on the speech bubble icon top right of the screen.

Meeting chat provides a space for all learners and teachers to interact via text.  This function should be monitored by the teachers during the session.  This provides a useful way for learners to ask questions, comment or share links without interrupting audio.

Comments left in a Google Meet chat will automatically be deleted when a meeting has ended.

Comments left in the Classroom Stream can be deleted by the learner themselves or by a teacher in the classroom.

Teacher
Select the three vertical dots on the comment.
Select Delete. You will see a warning that says 'Comments will also be deleted. Other teachers in this class can see deleted posts'. Select Delete to complete the action.

Learners
Select the three vertical dots on the comment.
Select Delete. A warning appears that says 'Your teachers can see deleted posts'. Select Delete to complete the action.

Only the lesson organiser can remove a learner.

There are 2 ways to remove a learner.

  1. Click on the learner’s thumbnail and select the delete icon to Remove from meeting.
  2. Click on the People icon, select the 3 vertical dots next to the person you want to remove, select Remove from meeting.

Tip: The learner cannot re-join the meeting without being re-added by using Add people under the People icon.

To end a lesson, teachers will need to remove all learners and teachers individually following the instructions in Removing learners.

Teachers must ensure they end the lesson in this way as this will end the lesson for all learners and teachers.

Teachers must not use the red telephone icon to leave the meeting without first removing all the learners and teachers, as this would allow others to continue the meeting without you.

On the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, either Click Turn on captions or click More options (3 vertical dots) and select Turn on captions.

The captions appear at the bottom of the screen.