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How to Use and Why Use Hangouts on Google Plus+

“How to Use and Why Use Hangouts on Google Plus+” by Joan Y. Edwards


It’s fun to do a Google+ Hangout!

On May 20, 2013 June Phyllis Baker joined me in a Google Plus hangout. Thank you, June.

Before you go to the Google site. Turn on your webcam. Good to have a separate microphone, but it’s not necessary. June didn’t have one, and I heard her fine. I had earphone and microphone combination. She could hear me fine.

  1. Sign into Google Account.
  2. If you don’t want your Hangout recorded, go to: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/index.html. There are three words at the top right-hand side. Hangouts, On Air, and Schedule. Click on Hangouts to begin an unrecorded Hangout. This page lets you download applications and software to use Google hangouts for your computers, phones, Apple devices, and webcams. You can browse around in the unrecorded hangout, to see what it’s like. If you’ve been in a chat room, it’s similar but larger. On the left are choices of things to add: chat, show screen on computer, put on hats, etc. Below a line are pictures of what’s showing from people in the Hangout with you. If there are ten people, there would be ten images there. In the big screen area, I saw June. If there are ten people, it might switch to the person talking.
  3. If you want your Hangout recorded, go to http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html. There are three words at the top right-hand side. Hangouts, On Air, and Schedule. If you use the On Air option, they record your hangout and post it on the YouTube account of the person who started the Hangout. You can edit the recording before you share a link to it. Others can witness it On Air (live) by going to the above link and scrolling down. To watch one, click on the video arrow.
  4. You can invite others to join you from your circles, by email addresses, or by phone.
  5. If you don’t have a webcam, you can use a chat box.
  6. There is an option to share what’s on your computer screen. That worked really well. I had a four-page presentation Word document that I shared. June could read it great. She could read along as I read it aloud. We stopped for questions and discussion along the way.
  7. I emailed her a copy of the presentation at the end of the Hangout.
  8. When using the chat, it has little smiley faces you can use.
  9. Fun effects – It also has party hats or crowns you can choose to wear.
  10. Time Limit – There is no time limit.
  11. Limit – Only ten people may be in a hangout at a time in the free version; 15 people in the pay extra version.

I believe that a Google Hangouts are good for five reasons.

  1. The hangouts are simple to use.
  2. You can connect with a group of people by computer, cell phone, regular phone, iPads, Apple devices, laptops, and webcams.
  3. A presenter can either show on the screen his information, share with Google-docs. All can see and work with the same information together.
  4. They can record Hangouts so that people can review them later.
  5. It’s free.

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2 Responses

  1. Joan,
    I admire you. You are adventuresome and willing to go new places and share your experiences with others. You are like a guide on a white water raft who helps passengers feel safe and relaxed, while having fun. Go Joan. Thanks for telling us about Google Plus hangouts. I hope you’ll do this again with registration meeting maximum participation..


    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. Thank you for the compliment of being adventuresome. You made me laugh because white water rafting is something I’ve never done and haven’t ever thought about doing. I did do the rapid rides at amusement park in a protected rapids. You are right. I definitely love to have fun. Your blog has loads of fun activities to choose from each month. My personal goal as a teacher for 35 years was to make learning fun. Everyone likes to have fun! You can venture inside the Google+ hangout regular and check it out. No one will venture in with you unless you invite them. You can check it out as long as you want. It wouldn’t surprise me if editors and agents used this as a way to talk with you about a pitch for a book or about a book contract.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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