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Audio Video iconGoogle Meet audio and video tools provide you with the ability to be flexible, engage students, and add levels of differentiation into your synchronous class sessions.  As a Google Meet host, you have all of the controls you need to ensure a high-quality engaging experience for your students and any other participants.  Use the information below as a resource to get started, learn new strategies, or fill in any knowledge gaps you may have.

Teaching StrategiesTeaching Strategies

Getting Started

Audio Visual tools are critical when teaching online. Think about using the first few minutes of the Google Meet to ensure everyone can hear, and everyone can mute and unmute their microphones. Consider displaying an opening welcome slide (see Screen Sharing) that establishes the first few minutes of the meeting as “sound check.”

Establish Protocols for Online Learning

Determine the protocols and norms of communication in advance of a class meeting:

  • Ask attendees to mute their mics during a presentation of content or while someone else is speaking;
  • Speak slowly, and encourage attendees to speak slowly – there is often a lag time in virtual meetings;
  • Consider when it's appropriate to have participants activate their cameras, or turn their cameras off (which shows their profile pictures.)

 Features & Functions  Features & Functions

Mute a Participant

If you’re experiencing distracting feedback or background noise during a video meeting, you might want to mute other people’s microphones.

To mute other people, next to the person’s thumbnail, hover over their volume icon and click Mute. mute icon

Control Audio

Turn On Captions

You can make it easier to follow what’s being said in meetings by turning on captions, which shows the text of the conversation.

Note: If you record a video meeting, captions are not recorded and don’t appear when you play the recording.

At the bottom of the Meet window, click Turn on captions  GM cc on  or Turn off captions  GM CC off.

Record Your Meet Session

Recording a session is important if students miss a class or may need to replay a lesson you delivered. If recording is enabled by a G Suite administrator, you can record video meetings for other people to watch later. You can record if you’re the meeting organizer or in the same organization as that person.

Your recording will be saved in your Google Drive account, and you can share the link to your recording via Classroom, email, or class website.

When you record a video meeting:

  • Recordings include the active speaker and anything that’s presented. Other windows or notifications are not included. Pinning a participant won’t affect who is shown in the recording.
  • Recordings are saved to the organizer’s Meet Recordings folder in Google's My Drive. An email with the recording link is also sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording. The link is also added to the Calendar event.
  • People outside of your organization, mobile app users, and people who dial in using a phone get notified when the recording starts or stops, but cannot control the recording.
  • If a participant turns on live captions during recording, the captions won’t be recorded and don’t appear when you play the recording.

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  • You can use the "mute" feature to stop the audio of a participant at any time during the session.  It is helpful to let them know you are doing that so they don't think there is a technical problem on their end.
  • For privacy reasons, you cannot unmute another person. Ask the participant to unmute their audio if you would like them to join or rejoin the conversation.
  • To mute or unmute yourself, at the bottom of the video window click Mute .
  • Any participant can be muted, including people who dial-in using a phone.

New Features!

Noise cancellation: To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Meet can now intelligently filter out background distractions— like your dog barking or keystrokes as you take meeting notes. Noise cancellation will begin rolling out in the coming weeks to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers starting with web users and later to mobile users.

Present higher-quality video content with audio: Users now have the option to present a Chrome tab (instead of just presenting their window or entire screen). If you need to share high-quality video with audio content in meetings, select this option for the best experience for remote viewers.