What is Google Hangouts?
Google Hangouts is a free teleconferencing tool that our conference and districts are using to enable people to meet, discuss, present and interact with each other more easily, more frequently and less expensively. Sometimes face to face interaction is absolutely necessary, but there are many occasions when using a program like Google Hangouts makes sense. It can save us driving time, waiting time and travel costs. It can be used for a conversation between two people or for a remote “meeting” with a group of people (up to 9 people). Google Hangouts is a useful tool that equips us to improve our communication across the Harbor District. We are already beginning to utlize “Hangouts” with some of our clergy huddle groups.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with how it works. It’s something that will not only benefit your communication within the district but you can also use it with your family and friends!
Above is an example of what the screen will look like on your computer when you are participating in a “hangout” (aka video chat) with a group of people. The program is set up to automatically sense who is speaking – and that person’s video picture is displayed as the large video on top of the others who are not currently speaking.
To Learn How To Set Yourself Up To Use Google Hangouts
Click on any of the Red Links below to access detailed instructions
Get ready to hang out
Start, join, or invite
Hangouts features and Apps
Helpful Video (How To Set Up A Google+ Account)
Once video opens, click on WHITE TRIANGLE “play button” to start video.
Important Note: You notice that the instructor in the video says that in order to use Google Hangouts you’ll need a video camera, a set of headphones or speakers and a microphone. While that is true, most computers come with those things already on the computer. If your computer does not have a built in video camera, you can buy one like the one shown in the picture below – and then connect it to your computer.
Even though you can use your built in (on board) microphone and speakers for Google Hangouts, for the best sound quality it’s recommended that you use a headphones/microphone combination headset (see picture below) – which has a USB jack for plugging into your computer. These headsets are widely used and can be purchased at most any electronics or department store for around $20-$30.
Headset (headphone/microphone combo)
Still Need Help?
If you need additional help getting your Google + account set up or your Google Hangouts working, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org – describe the problem you are having as best you can and provide a phone number on which we can call you to help you.