Glitches in Google Meet

Glitches in Google Meet

If you are experiencing challenges with either of these Google Meet glitches, this blog post will offer the solution.

1. The link that Google Classroom generates is glitchy. We have learned from our remote learning troubleshooting this fall that using the Meet link that Classroom publishes on the banner does not always ensure that the teacher is the owner of the session.

 

We realized these links were glitchy when we had one of our remote teachers log in to her own Meet first (ahead of all students) – 8:50 am according to the Google server log. At 8:58 her first student logged in, and that student was in control of the meet.

2. A Meet address that you have created seems to have expired. This seems to occur when the meet is given a nickname. 

 

To Solve These Issues

1. Go to meet.google.com and click on “Join or start a meeting”.

2. Do NOT give the Meet a nickname.

3. Copy the URL (web address) that Meet generates.

4. Paste the URL into Google Classroom as a material and apply a topic to it (I’d call the Topic “Google Meet Link”) and then drag that topic to the very top of your classwork tab in Google Classroom.

If at any time your Meet link begins to glitch (Michelle has used the same link since the first Covid quarantine in March of this year), repeat the above steps, but you’ll only need to edit the material in step 4.  You might also consider pasting your Meet link onto your staff bio page on your school’s website. Michelle has pasted hers onto her CESD staff bio if you ever need it!

Other Challenges

When things have glitches, it is often “the network” we first blame for the problems. If you are physically in a CESD school, it is highly unlikely to be the network. However, what students have open on their device can present challenges.

If students have a large number of tabs open, this can place a burden on their device, causing Meet to not have access to the local resources it needs to run. This can cause a student to be “booted” out of the meet, or can cause their video to be glitchy.

If students are at home on a PC or Mac computer, other programs they have open can steal valuable processing from that computer. Things like Fortnite running in the background, or YouTube open to play music while they listen can be quite problematic in Google Meet.

Students accessing the meet on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) not using the actual app for Google Meet may experience challenges.

Lastly, the network in the personal space (homes) of the participants can have an impact on the meeting. The CESD network is unlikely to be at fault, but home networks may be.

 

Crash Course in Kami

Crash Course in Kami

Originally Kami was built as a .pdf reader for Google Drive. Over time they have added new tools and features to it making it a very powerful classroom application.

This blog post offers a short video “Crash Course in Kami” that will introduce you to the annotation tools and will offer some differentiation ideas for it as well.

If you are teaching remote learners, Kami offers a lot of assistance in accomplishing that task.

As a teacher in CESD, you have a full license to this extension.

Google Jamboard – Your Digital Whiteboard

Google Jamboard – Your Digital Whiteboard

A newcomer to your Google Suite of Educator Tools is Google Jamboard which provides you with a blank screen and annotation tools. With a touch-screen Chromebook, you can now open a new “jam”, and begin drawing, instructing and demonstrating. Best of all – it saves into your Google Drive when you’re done. 

With Jamboard, you can easily bring in images, draw shapes, write, erase and illustrate. Even better – it is now built right into Google Meet. So, if you are instructing at a distance, you can open a new jam from inside Google Meet to seamlessly draw and illustrate to your students the lesson at hand.

Want to see it in action?

This instructional video might be helpful.

Using Google Meet for Parent-Teacher Interviews

Using Google Meet for Parent-Teacher Interviews

In the past few weeks there have been a lot of changes to Google Meet. The new features they have rolled out can make managing online parent-teacher interviews much easier than what you may be expecting. Here’s a brief screencast to show you how to undertake this style of conferences without putting a large burden on your shoulders.

Adding Parents in Google Classroom

Adding Parents in Google Classroom

Inviting parents to Google Classroom is a process that must be done using the “invite parent or guardian” link that appears on the people tab, between the student’s name and the email icon.

This video was designed for teachers and parents to be able to see what they can expect to have happen when they are correctly added to Google Classroom.