Monday, September 24, 2012

Google Hangouts On Air

This assignment will familiarize you with Google Hangouts and give you a taste of synchronous, remote collaboration.

Arrange to hang out with your group at a pre-arranged time. Choose one person to initiate the hangout and invite the other participants. He or she will need everyone's Google Plus name or their email address. Be sure the initiator has a computer with a camera and microphone and a YouTube account.

If you do not have a computer with a camera, you can still join the hangout and be heard. If you do not have either a microphone or camera, you can participate over the phone. In that case, the person initiating the hangout will need your phone number.

If someone is missing after a few minutes, give them a call. If they don't answer or join, blow them off.

When the hangout starts, it is not "on air" -- not being recorded. Use that time to chat and make any adjustments you need.

When you are ready to go on air, the initiator should print a screenshot showing the participants.

Next, go "on air" and hold short a short discussion of some topic related to this class. If you can't agree on a topic, discuss the way we might use Google Hangouts On Air in our class.

When you are finished with your discussion, the initiator should stop recording. You will still be able to talk to each other so you can hang up or keep talking.

After the initiator hangs up, the recorded part of the session will be rendered and posted to YouTube a minute or two later.

The initiator should post a short description of the recorded discussion along with a link to the video on Youtube in our CIS 275 class community on Google Plus. Be sure to put it under the Team Hangouts category.

I am only asking you to submit one video of one Hangout, but, if I were you, I would let every team member who wants the experience initiate a Hangout.

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