Monday, September 24, 2012

Google Hangouts On Air

This assignment will familiarize you with Google Hangouts and give you a taste of 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 you hang up, the recorded part of the session will be posted to YouTube. The initiator should send a link to their session to our class email list.

Topic module