Using Google Hangouts: Meet for Video conferencing and off-site teaching.
Getting Everyone Connected
Starting ad-hoc meetings:
- Go to meet.google.com
- Select "start a new meeting"
- A box will pop up, which reads "add others" and contains a URL and a dial-in option (pictured here).
- Select "copy joining info" and email this information to those you want in the meeting
- Once they have this information, they will be able to connect to your meeting
Setting up and starting planned meetings:
- Open your PSC GSuite Email
- Navigate to your "calendar" through the apps (waffle) icon
- When looking at your Google Calendar click on the red circle in the lower right-hand corner with a white plus sign inside
- Fill out the relevant information, such as the name of the meeting, the meeting's time, and a short description of the meeting.
- Click "Add conferencing" then select "Hangouts Meet" (pictured here beneath "Add location")
- In the "Add guests" box on the right, type the emails of whoever you want to join the meeting
- Once you hit save, the guests will get a calendar invite to the meeting
- At the time of the meeting, guests can join the meeting directly from their PSC calendar
Connecting to a Meeting:
- Copy and paste URL from host's email with joining information into web browser
- Select "Join Meeting"
Dial in (audio only):
- From a standard land line or cell phone, call the phone number from the host's email with joining information
- Once prompted, type the PIN number into your phone.
- At or before the time of meeting, navigate to your PSC calendar
- Select the meeting on the calendar
- On the pop-up menu (pictured below) select "Join Hangouts Meet"
Connecting Camera & Microphone
- A pop-up will likely appear asking if Meet has permission to use camera and microphone; select "Allow"
- Once in the call, make sure the microphone and camera are not muted.
- Click on the logos on either side of the "end call" button
- If your microphone is muted, the background of the button with a camera will be red. Others in the meeting will be unable to hear you if the background is red. (pictured below: settings as they should be)
- If your camera is muted, the background of the button with a camera will be red. Others in the meeting will be unable to hear you if the background is red. (pictured below: settings as they should be)
If you are using an external camera and microphone, Meet may default to your computer's camera and microphone. To change this:
- Click the "More Options"(three dots) button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen in the meeting
- Select "Settings"
- Navigate to the "Devices" tab
- Under each category (Camera,Microphone, and Speakers) make sure the correct camera, microphone, and speaker is selected
- You can also adjust the video quality under the "Quality" tab:
- Lowering the quality will reduce lag
- Increasing quality will produce a better picture
Talking into the microphone is not the only way to speak with other members of your meeting; you can also use the chat function to type messages! To do so:
- Find the box in the upper right-hand corner. It has two tabs: one with people, one with a textbox. Below is a darkened preview of your own camera.
- Click on the tab with the textbox image; it will now expand to reveal the word "Chat"
- Type your message at the bottom of the box, where it says,"Send a message to everyone"
- Once you have sent it, other members of your meeting will receive a notification along with your message
Adding and Removing People
Adding directly from the meeting:
- Click on the "People" tab in the upper right hand corner above the self-view (indicated by the head and shoulders silhouette)
- Select "Add People"
- Enter the intended guests' email address(es) into the box labeled "Enter name or email"
- They will receive a link to join the meeting
- If desired, you can also dial a phone number under the "Call" tab
Adding through email:
- In the lower left-hand corner of the screen, select "Meeting Details"
Removing people from the meeting:
- Select the "People" tab on the right-hand side of the screen
- Find the name of the individual you wish to remove from the meeting
- Click on the down-facing arrow next to their name; this will reveal three buttons (pictured below)
- Click the third button (a circle with the line in the middle) to remove the person from the meeting
Presenting From a Device
While in a meeting, you may wish to present something like a presentation from Google Slides or some other form of media to people in your meeting.
- Pick how you'd like to present
- If you'd like to replace your camera feed with your presentation, click the "Present Now" button
- To present content while maintaining your camera feed, open a new tab and go to g.co/present
Who shows up in the larger image:
There should be one large image with several smaller images to the right of the screen. Google Meet automatically switches which meeting member is larger based on who is speaking. To change this, click on an image on the right. This “pins” that individual as the primary image
Everyone in the meeting has the power to mute others. Note that only individuals can unmute themselves, so each person will have to unmute themselves after you have muted them. To do so:
- Navigate to the “People” tab
- Find the name of the individual you wish to mute
- Click the downward facing arrow next to their name; three buttons should appear
- Select the middle button (a crossed-out microphone) to mute them
Disconnecting From The Meeting
To disconnect, simply hit "leave call" (red telephone) button at the bottom of the screen