In Harmony Public Schools all students and teachers have Google email accounts, that is why we encourage to use Google Meet http://meet.google.com/ for instructional purposes over Zoom, especially for Elementary and Special Ed. Students. Secondary Students and School administrators can get more benefits from Zoom since it has more options to manage classes and secure them. Find below the main features of Google Meet and Zoom available now during the school closure.
Google Meet Features:
Setting up and joining is easy for all users, especially for those non-techy users either teachers or students. To access it, go to meet.google.com
No need to install any software on the attendee's computer.
Ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
Live Captions feature.
The service allows you to host meetings with up to 100 students.
This premium service will be available until July 1st, 2020.
We have posted the Google Meet icon for all employees in My Harmony Portal and in Clever Portal for teachers as well.
Google Meet video Resources:
Introduction to Google Meet
Tips for teaching with Google Meet (7-min)
Combine Google Classroom and Meet for remote learning (Reconding a lesson) (6-min)
How to use Google Meet - Detailed Tutorial (11-min)
How to Keep Students from Joining or Rejoining a Meet without You (7-min)
To learn more about Google Meet, please click here.
It is recommended for School admin meetings, PD or Secondary Classes. It is not suggested for elementary students since its interface requires more attention to detail and for adjusting the settings such as a microphone and camera for the video.
Can be used for recording a class or tutorial and send the link of the recording
Users may need to install an app on a computer unless the host enables the enables bypassing installation. To learn more about this click here.
Setup up requires more time than Google Meet but it has more features.
Users can be pushed to be registered before joining a meeting.
Installing the Zoom Client on a windows computer for the Host requires admin privileges.
The service allows you to host meetings with up to 300 participants with recording. For more details click here.
Premium features such as unlimited time and 300 participants will be available until July 2020.
To log in, please use this link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/
Zoom video Resources:
Teach Online with Zoom - Beginners Tutorial
Using Zoom features for online learning (10-min)
Setting up a class in Zoom