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Google Hangouts sessions

How to create a Google Hangout session (for teachers)

1- Log on to your La Sierra email email.lasierra.edu using the same username and password that you use with Blackboard or myCampus portal.

2- To access Google Plus, click on the “+You” tab on the top left corner of the screen (the first option in the menu where you have Images, Mail, Calendar,…etc). After you setup and configure your Google Plus account the first time it will show your name next to the + sign (for example, +John).

3- If this is the first time for you accessing your Google Plus, you will see options to add people to your Google Plus circles or to follow other people. You will also have an option to add information to your profile and upload a photo for your self. You can add people, follow people, and update your information in this step or just “Skip” and continue to your Google Plus home page. You can always add people and change your profile anytime later.

4- On your Google Plus home page, Make sure that your “Hangouts” menu (the quotation mark with the green background icon on the right side of the screen) is open, so you can see all the Google Hangouts live sessions as they appear in your list. To start a Hangout session, at the bottom of the Hangouts menu click "Hangout Party" and then "Start a Party".

5- Enter the names, email addresses, or circle names to invite people to join your Hangout session, then click "Share".

During the Hangout session, you can turn your camera and microphone on and off. Also you can chat and share your screen with the other participants (the teacher and students) in the hangout session. (The teacher might disable some features.)

How to join a Google Hangout session

1- Log on to your La Sierra email email.lasierra.edu using the same username and password that you use with Blackboard or myCampus portal.

2- To access Google Plus, click on the “+You” tab on the top left corner of the screen (the first option in the menu where you have Images, Mail, Calendar,…etc). After you setup and configure your Google Plus account the first time it will show your name next to the + sign (for example, +John).

3- If this is the first time for you accessing your Google Plus, you will see options to add people to your Google Plus circles or to follow other people. You will also have an option to add information to your profile and upload a photo for your self. You can add people, follow people, and update your information in this step or just “Skip” and continue to your Google Plus home page. You can always add people and change your profile anytime later.

4- On your Google Plus home page, Make sure that your “Hangouts” menu (the quotation mark with the green background icon on the right side of the screen) is open, so you can see all the Google Hangouts live sessions as they appear in your list. 

5- When the teacher initiates the call through Google Hangouts, you will see his/her name in your Hangouts menu and you can click on the link (or click “Answer”) to join the Hangout session. Active Hangout invitations will show a green camera icon next to them. (If the teacher is using a “Google Hangout on Air”, you will need to agree on the terms to participate in the recorded session before you can join).

Based on how the teacher will invite you to the Hangouts session, there are two other ways to receive notification in addition to the one mentioned above in step 5. You might see a "badge" number next to the "Bell" icon on the top right corner next to your name. This will notify you about several Google+ activities, including Hangouts invitations from other people. Also, the teacher might choose to send you invitations by email and, in this case, you will receive an email with a link to join the invitations. Any of the three methods mentioned in step 5 can be used to send Google Hangouts invitations.

During the Hangout session, you can turn your camera and microphone on and off. Also you can chat and share your screen with the other participants (the teacher and students) in the hangout session. (The teacher might disable some features.)

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