COVID-19 has certainly thrown us all a curve ball when it comes to keeping in touch with each other. For teachers being able to have valuable face to face time with their students, Google Meet is the best option.
Why is Google Meet the best option for AAPS teachers and students?
- The Google Apps for Education already complies with legislation (CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA) to keep students and their data safe while in a virtual environment.
- The AAPS Google suite of applications offers tools that work hand in hand to create a more fluid environment when navigating between multiple interfaces.
Best Practices for Google Meet
- Look at this Video Conferencing Do’s sheet for instructions and tips
- Create a Meet session using a Nickname. Watch this video about Google Meet with a Nickname. A Meet session with a nickname offers the safest option. It allows the session to only be active when the teacher has entered the session.
- Students can’t enter prior to the teacher entering the session
- Students can’t come back to the session after the teacher has left. The teacher must be the last person to leave the Nicknamed session.
Extensions to make Google Meet more Zoom-likeMany staff members like Zoom. However it doesn't meet requirements mandated by legislation to keep students safe. (CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA) To transform your Meet session to be more like Zoom download the following approved Chrome extensions.
Google Meet Grid View - to see all participants are one time
Nod - Reactions for Google Meet - allows students to raise their hands and give a thumbs up.
Meet Attendance - helps to capture all attendees, great for PD trainings
Google Meet Push to Talk - Uses the spacebar to unmute to talk
Image credit: @michGoogle Apr 20, 2020
By: James Marcum