Ideas For Using Google+ Hangouts In the Classroom

Google_Hangout_Logo_128x128Google is trying to revolutionize the online social world, and it might just succeed. One of the features built into the network is something called “Hangouts”. We want to share a few thoughts on how we think Hangouts might be beneficial  in your classroom.

A Hangout is, essentially, a video chat room for up 10 people. When starting your hangout you can choose your different circles of friends or colleagues to hangout with. It then opens the room and allows anyone from your selected circles to join in the hangout, up to 10 people at once. As long as there are 2 people in the hangout, it will remain open. In other words it isn’t hosted or owned by the creator, which allows the conversation to move and evolve in a real fashion and less constrained by the tool. Although video chatting isn’t new, this concept of a hangout is a giant leap forward.

At Friends’ Central, we have not enabled Google+ for students yet so if you want to try using Hangouts with your students, they would have to have set up personal Google+ accounts. In the future, students may have the ability to use Google+ with their FCS Google accounts.

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Let’s Hangout Sometime

Google_Hangout_Logo_128x128How to Hangout in Google+

From the very beginning, Hangouts have been one of the most popular and most useful features of Google+. Aside from being a free and easy way to do group video chat with up to ten people, Hangouts also offer a platform for collaboration and a broadcasting tool through Hangouts On Air. If you have used Skype before, then Hangouts are an even easier way to video conference with someone. Here’s your complete guide on how to do all that, and more!

Starting a Hangout

As Google+ is integrated deeper and deeper into Google products, so are Hangouts, making for a variety of ways to start and join hangouts. All of them work similarly, so which one you use depends on what is the most convenient for you.
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