Sometimes, meeting with all the teachers in your grade or subject area, in a large district, can be cumbersome due to travel to one site, sub costs, or time. The best way to alleviate these issues, and still benefit from large team collaboration is to meet virtually!

Watch this video to learn how to set up a virtual meeting in less than 3 minutes! by TechyCoach

Captions in Hangouts

Not necessarily new, but very cool, this feature is available to users of Google Hangouts Meet. When conducting a video call with a guest lecturer, presenter or whomever, navigate to the bottom right on the task bar - if you don't see the task bar at the bottom it should appear when you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen. Click on the More Menu (three dots) and choose "Turn on Captions". Hangouts Meet then identifies the speakers words and displays them at the bottom of the screen. This feature must be turned on by each participant in the call if desired. Take a look at the GIF below to see captions at work.

  1. Navigate to the bottom of the screen
  2. Click on the More menu (three dots)
  3. Choose Turn on Captions
  4. Captions will appear at the bottom

This feature is great if you have students who may be hearing impaired or who just don't pay attention that well during webinars from guest speakers.