How about a digital meet and greet?
Submitted by Edward Latham on May 2, 2017 - 7:38pm
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Good day everyone. David Rosen and I were playing around with the new Google Hangout invitation system and we both thought it would be a grand idea to have a micro-group digital hangout this week if possible. For those of you not aware, Google has a free service that allows people to digitally gather with voice, video, screen sharing and many other features and all of this is free. It helps a great deal if you have a Google account or a Gmail account as that those accounts act as the one key to get you into all the many tools Google provides free.
I have set up a hangout for us for Saturday evening from 5pm to 8pm EST. If anyone has suggestions for a better time frame, please offer. Trying to get a common time for all is very difficult of course so I may be able to hangout with individuals that can't pop in during Saturday's session. Please realize that this session on Saturday is by no means a 3 hour long affair. I will be on for 3 hours and people can pop in as they have time during that time. In fact, the way Google Hangouts works is that the link below brings all of us to a reserved digital space just for us. At any time, we can pop in to the room by clicking on the link and if anyone else is in there we can chat, talk and see each other. So I am planning on jumping into the room around 5pm ish Saturday night but others can jump in really any time to meet up and talk with each other at any time.
Link to our microgroup Hangout space: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sg27qiay5fc6dn3dnqspqhzzsae
Notes on Google Hangout:
- There currently seems to be a problem running hangouts in the Firefox browser. The parties responsible know about the issue and hope to have that fixed soon. For best results, people may wish to use the Chrome Browser.
- If this is your first time using Google Hangout, you will probably have to give permission to use your microphone and speakers the first time you try to enter a hangout.
- Having headphones on is a nice plus because it eliminates your microphone picking up feedback from your speakers.
- When in a hangout, please make sure to mute your microphone if you have lots of background noise. You can always toggle your microphone on and off (I will show you how in our session) so you can still talk when you wish.
- Although hangouts work well on phones and tablets you may have difficulties seeing any shared screens. This difficulty is because computer screens often have much higher resolutions than the phones or tablets can establish. This makes any text very tiny on the smaller devices.
If anyone has any other hints, tricks or things to be aware of please share. It is hard for me to remember all of these "new hints" because I use the tools all the time and forget what the initial set up entailed
Our Saturday gathering is to get to digitally meet and hopefully I can share a tour of Diigo and the resources so we can talk together about what resources may be of interest with people. On the topic of Diigo, I would like to congratulate jharpermakaafi on being the first to post a resource in the Diigo group!!!!!! You did a great job tagging it appropriately and I hope to look at "Recap" before Saturday so I know more about it. I will also attempt to get resources we have talked about in previous discussions to ensure those are in our collection before we get to meet.
Is this whole Saturday meeting virtually something people like the idea of? Sometimes it is just easier to pop in and talk with people than composing and typing experiences, ideas and perspectives. I am hopeful the hangout will afford more of us a voice and I look forward to virtually meeting many of you if possible.
If you need help getting started with Hangouts, you can drop questions here in the forum or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I help you get set up.