How to Use Google Meet to Collaborate With Students and Teachers

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conference call service with up to 100 participants that features real-time closed captioning, integrated into G Suite and available for Android, iOS mobile devices and Chrome browsers.

Google Meet stands out from other video chat platforms by being fully integrated with other Google applications and offering an intuitive user-friendly experience. Plus, real-time collaboration on documents can now take place seamlessly!


Google Meet, formerly known as Duo, is an ideal video conferencing app for both students and educators. Offering simple setup, excellent connectivity, a clean user interface and full integration with Google products (it works great even on slower networks!), Google Meet is free of use on mobile devices as well. Plus its latest update now supports an enhanced Companion mode which lets participants join meetings from any device–phone or tablet alike-while also sharing screens or application windows in Meet calls while instantly messaging other attendees during sessions!

Record and stream meetings is another outstanding feature that makes the app exceptional, especially for students attempting to record assignments or presentations for use with peers and instructors. You can select various quality settings to customize the recording to your needs; video effects like immersive backgrounds and fun filters can enhance the experience, and there’s also a reframing option that improves visibility during meetings.

Other Google Meet features include support for up to 500 interactive participants and the capability of viewing up to 49 people simultaneously in a tiled layout. Breakout rooms allow groups to discuss specific topics privately. Furthermore, livestreaming capabilities can reach over 100,000 viewers simultaneously on desktops, laptops and phones; furthermore this app works seamlessly with any conference room hardware; finally recently-introduced Q&A feature allows participants to pose questions without disrupting other attendees during meetings.

If you’re hosting a large group of students, setting a clear goal before beginning can help keep the meeting on track and limit wasted time. Focusing on what matters during the meeting ensures its productivity while acknowledging all participants.

Companion mode

Companion mode gives smartphone users an additional screen to interact with a Google Meet video call on their smartphones. Companion mode disables audio, microphone, and camera usage so as to reduce audio echo or feedback while sharing phone display to the second screen and collaborating with other participants in meetings. You can join any Google Meet session using Companion mode from any device provided your invite was valid; or else have the meeting host approve your entry request before joining.

Companion mode offers more than just smartphone participation – it also has features to make meetings more productive, such as accessing in-meeting chat, raising your hand when speaking, sharing presentations on second screens with additional screen capture capabilities, creating whiteboards, closed captioning to easily follow meeting content, and fun responses using emoji reactions!

Although Companion mode was originally designed for conference room participants using meeting hardware, anyone using any laptop can also take advantage of it to increase productivity during video calls and keep hands free. Access is gained by clicking “Use Companion mode” at the top of their screen or through using its short link

Companion mode makes joining meetings easy: simply click or enter the code or link for it on the Meet home screen’s Enter a Code or Link dialog box and join. The screen will display “Using Companion Mode.” Once connected, you’re free to interact with other users as if in-room; your video feed may be muted but other participants’ video feeds won’t show. However, it may still prove helpful if attending via mobile phone is your only choice – when used properly!

Hide video from yourself

Google Meet is an extremely versatile video conference app with many features, offering HD video for up to 30 participants at once and numerous ways to adjust audio and video settings. Furthermore, recording a sample video call enables you to preview how your voice and appearance will translate during a meeting – perfect if you feel nervous about attending one!

Google Meet is an invaluable tool for business users. With its high-def video and user-friendly layout, it makes video conferences simple to set up. However, before using it you should keep certain considerations in mind; such as older devices may not work optimally and apps or programs that may interfere with its use may cause lag and other issues during video conferences.

As soon as you join a Google Meet meeting, its bottom-right camera icon allows you to obscure your face or voice from others; just click it! However, do bear in mind that you will still be able to hear and be heard by colleagues during this call.

Not only can you hide your face when out and about, but the back camera of your device should also remain concealed to reduce risk and protect privacy. Doing this may prevent strangers from being able to view private documents or information.

Though Google Meet does not include an option to hide videos from yourself, third-party applications exist which do just this. Most rely on Chrome browser and can be found at Google Play Store for download; many are also compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Google Meet provides some useful features for business users, but still lacks some key ones – including the option to change your default audio device – making this feature particularly helpful for frequent travelers who take meetings while out and about.

Screen sharing

Google Meet video calls offer the screen sharing feature to allow participants to see your presentations on other participants’ devices, which is especially beneficial when working with team members who cannot attend in person. Both its app and browser support this feature. To use it in Google Meet, press “Present Now” on the bottom toolbar; a new window will pop-up that allows you to select which areas of your screen you would like shared; options include your entire desktop display area, windows or Chrome tabs.

When you’re ready to present, simply select your option and press “Share”. Your meeting participants will see your screen in the meeting lobby, and when finished you can stop presenting by clicking the “You are no longer presenting” button located at the bottom right corner of your meeting.

Google Meet also allows you to share your screen using its mobile app, which offers all the same features as its web version. Unlike other screen sharing apps, however, Google Meet doesn’t require downloads or setup; it integrates fully with G Suite for ease of use by teams of all sizes. In addition, its mobile app lets you dial-in without WiFi or data for video calls – perfect for mobile workers.

Google Meet is distinguished by its compatibility with various browsers and platforms. While many video conference tools only support Chrome browser, Google Meet works in Firefox and Internet Explorer as well. Furthermore, you can use it on all types of devices – including phones and tablets!

Google Meet may not offer as many features as Blackboard Collaborate or WebEx, but it still makes for an ideal educational choice. Students can easily share their screens while multiple users can co-control shared windows and applications. Furthermore, recording and streaming video makes this platform ideal for online education purposes; students can easily share work among classmates within one class while teachers easily view student progress and attendance data.

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