Google Hangouts is a group video chat tool that comes as a part of Pacific's BoxerApps. It is a very versatile tool that can connect up to 10 people via video call and up to 100 people via chat at once. In order to use this feature you will have to activate your Google+ account which is also a part of BoxerApps.
For more information about these services, please click on the links above. The Center can also provide guidance on how to best integrate these tools into your teaching. Please contact Al Weiss (email@example.com, 352-1417) if you would like to speak about any of these services.
- Mac OS X, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Chrome, Ubuntu and other Debian based Linux distributions
- Any 2 GHz dual core processor or greater.
- For 1 on 1 connection — a 1 mbps/1 mbps (up/down)
- For group video connectivity — 1 mbps/2 mbps (up/down)
- Download Google Hangout plugin: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin
- In order to utilize Hangouts with your PU Boxer apps, you must activate your Google+ account. Login with your PUnet ID to myAccount. Click on the Boxer Apps menu tab at the top, then select either Hangouts or Google + from the list of applications. If you have never used Hangouts before, you will be asked you to activate your Google + through the same steps as when you select Google+:
- Follow step by step instructions to create your profile, add people to your Google+ network, and start following others on Google+ network. Only first step is mandatory. You can simply click through step 2 and step 3 and set it up later:
- Once your Google+ account is activated, you will be able to find Hangouts in a couple of ways: 1) On the top right hand side and 2) by clicking on Home menu on the left hand side:
- To start a Hangout session simply click on Hangouts and then on a "+ New Hangout" and enter the emails of the participants you would like to invite. If you invite someone who has a gmail account (that includes PUNetID@pacificu.edu), they will receive a notification the next time they sign in. If you invite someone who does not have a gmail account, an invitation will be sent to them to get Hangouts (which will include getting a gmail account).
NOTE: There are a few specifications and limitations of video calls to keep in mind!
- Video calls can have a maximum of 10 participants.
- You need to have a broadband connection to the Internet.
- Once you invite the participants, the next step is to determine what type of Hangout you are going to have. There are two choices: Text and Video
- When starting a video call, once the participants join your call you will be able to see them in your hangout
The hangout control panel allows you to:
- invite participants while in the hangout,
- mute/un-mute your microphone during the hangout,
- turn your camera on and off during the hangout,
- control bandwidth usage of the hangout session,
- set your computer's audio and video devices for the hangout,
- leave the hangout.
One of the most common and efficient ways to have an ongoing semester long video conference for your course is to create a Hangout Event. The main difference between the Event and a regular Hangout is that you can schedule the event to start at a specific time. The invited participants will be reminded to join the Hangout Event when the scheduled time comes around. You can also sync Events with your Google Calendar and even pick a specific theme for your event.
1. Log into Google Plus (https://plus.google.com) with your PUnetID@pacificu.edu account.
2. Click on the "Events" Link in the lefthand menu:
3. Click on the "Plan a Hangout" button on the top righthand side of the page:
4. In the Pop-up window, add a title, an event time WITH an end time--you can make the end time very far in the future. You will need to invite someone--you can simply put your own e-mail address in the To: field. Click Invite when done.
5. Once the Event is created, copy the web address from your browser and paste/post it in Moodle (instructions on adding a web link to Moodle) or elsewhere. You can also click Share event and enter emails of your students in the To: field. The invitation to joing the Event will be sent to them by email.
Participating in a Hangout does not have to be about video chat only. There are many ways to have a hands-on, collaborative, and productive session! The set of icons on the right hand side within hangout window will help you make your session interactive.
- opens a text chat window on the right hand side of the hangout session,
- allows you to share either your entire desktop screen of your computer or a particular application window that is open,
- captures a still shot of hangouts session which then shared with the participants,
- allows you to share and collaboratively edit Google Drive documents, as well as create shared notes and shared sketchpad for the session.
- opens more tools that can be downloaded and used with your hangouts.