Getting ready to try Google+ HangoutsPosted: July 30, 2013
Tomorrow will be the first Microbiology Educator Google+ Hangout. I’m a little nervous about using a new technology (especially given that I recently made a silly mistake with a technology I’ve used a lot over the past few years!!!), but am also keen to see if this works better than other online collaboration/conferencing systems, like BlackBoard Collaborate. (The maximum of 10 participants is one limitation that I can see with the G+ Hangouts – not an issue right now, though.)
To prepare, I’ve been trying to verify the email addresses of the folks who participated in the Doodle poll – I’ll need the email addresses to send invites. For anyone who’s interested, I’d be happy to do a “mini-hangout” later today or tomorrow morning, so we can test the system.
If you haven’t used Hangouts before, please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin to download the necessary plugin.
Here’s a post that seems to be a nice step-by-step of how to set up a Google+ Hangout: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/quick-tip-set-up-a-google-plus-hangout-for-web-conferencing/
If anyone has suggestions or tips, please feel free to share them (here, or via Twitter or email) …!