In these hard times when educational institutes are shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and institutes are taking it to the internet to take classes online for students. There’s no dearth of video conferencing apps for businesses and educational institutes, but Google especially has the best suite of products for teachers and schools to take online classes.
If you’re a teacher, and your school already uses Google Classroom for online course and class management, you’ll be glad to know that Google has now integrated Google Meet with Google Classroom to make it even easier for teachers to take online classes.
Why should teachers use Google Meet in Google Classroom?
As a teacher, you can go straight to the Google Meet dashboard to create a meeting and invite your students to it. But it’ll be a repetitive task if you take classes on a regular basis.
With Google Classroom, you can create a class for the subject you teach and invite all students to it. You can do this for each class you take for different sets of students. Then, using the Google Meet integration within Google Classroom, you’ll be able to create a ‘Meet link’ for the class that will be visible to all students on the Google Classroom dashboard so they can easily join whenever you’re taking a class.
Google Meet links created with Google Classroom don’t expire automatically. While Meet links generated directly on Google Meet website expire within 30 seconds when everyone leaves the class.
So it helps teachers by avoiding the repetitive task of creating a new Google Meet room and send invites to students every time they take a class. By using Google Meet in Google Classroom school administration can ensure that it’s effortless for both teachers and students to attend online classes.
Creating a Google Meet link for your class in Google Classroom is a simple and one-click process.
To get started, go to classroom.google.com and sign-in with the G-Suite account provided by your institute. Then, select the class for which you want to create a Meet link.
On the class’ dashboard, click the ‘Settings Gear’ icon on the top-bar.
Then, scroll down a bit, and under ‘General’ section you’ll find the Google Meet options. Click on the ‘Generate Meeting link’ in there to create and enable Google Meet for your class.
Once the Meet link is generated for your classroom, click on it and select ‘Copy’ to share it with your students.
Note: Only the students who are added to your class will be able to join the Google Meet using the generated Meet link. These students must be signed with the institute account to be able to join.
Anyone else trying to join the class using the Meet link will see an “Invalid video call name” error on the screen.
There’s also a toggle switch for ‘Visible to students’ which is automatically enabled when you create the Meet link for your classroom.
When done configuring Google Meet in the Classroom, click on the ‘Save’ button on the top-right corner of the class’ settings screen.
You’ll be redirected back to the class’ main page, where you’ll find the ‘Meet link’ for the class if you’d kept the ‘Visible to students’ option enabled in the class settings.
You can now tell your students to open the class in Google Classroom and click on the ‘Meet link’ on the class card to attend your classes online on Google Meet.