About Google Hangout

hangout icon Google+ Hangout

With Google+ Hangouts you can hold study groups, conduct interviews, or collaborate on group projects face to face without geographic constraints. A Hangout is, essentially, a free web conferencing tool with room for up 10 people. When starting your hangout you can choose your different friends to hangout with.  It then opens the room and allows anyone from your selected circles to join in the hangout, collaborate on shared documents, share your screen with others, and view YouTube clips together while carrying a discussion at the same time. All you need is a webcam and microphone to get started.

With Hangouts there’s no need to download a separate application — a simple browser plug-in enables hangouts on any computer with a web browser, webcam, and microphone. (You can join a hangout without a webcam or microphone, but you'll have a more limited experience without them.)

Support

Google+ Hangout Support page

  1. Activate your UW Google Apps (if you have not done so already)
  2. Go to gmail.uw.edu and login with your UW NetID.
  3. Click on the link at the top left corner of the page that reads wither You+ or YourName+.

 

Uses

Virtual office hours - Imagine this...the instructor opens a hangout specifically dedicated for Q&A or tutoring. Students come and go listening to questions/answers, and asking questions of their own.

Q&A/Exam prep- Imagine this...the instructor opens a hangout specifically dedicated for Q&A or tutoring. Students come and go listening to questions/answers, and asking questions of their own.

Scheduled discussions - Groups could schedule hangouts to hold a discussion or debate about their course material. Authorities on the subject matter could be invited to add extra value to the discussion.

Global Classroom discussions - Classrooms from across the the globe could hangout together and discuss subject matter, bringing in various points of view from the varying cultures and backgrounds.

Document / Presentation collaboration - Students giving a presentation together can meet when it is convenient for each member. They can talk face to face and work together to grow and develop their ideas and presentation strategies. While chatting they could simultaneously use Google docs or any other collaboration tool to create and polish their presentation materials.

Guest Speakers - Guest Speakers could speak to multiple classrooms or schools simultaneously.

Need assistance with Google+ Hangouts?

Send email to: athelp@uw.edu

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