Google Hangouts is Google’s Video, Chat, and Voice services wrapped up in one service.  DPS staff can participate in Hangouts by creating a Google Plus profile (see presentation to the right). You will also need the Google Hangouts plugin installed on your computer.  

1. Why would someone want to use Google Hangouts versus some of the other services out there like Skype?
  • Google Hangouts has features that Skype does not have such as the ability to share screens, control another participant’s desktop, share files (from Google Drive), etc.  
2. What is the difference between a Hangout and a Hangout on Air?
  • A Hangout is a private video chat between 1 to 10 people.  Hangouts on Air are broadcast via YouTube and recorded so that they can be shared.
3. What technology and knowledge /skills does someone need in order to watch a Google Hangout?
  • A user only needs a device that can access the web to watch a Hangout on Air.  A Google Plus profile allows a user to participate more deeply in a Hangout- ask questions, participate in discussions on Google Plus, etc.
4. What technology and knowledge/skills does someone need in order to participate in a Google Hangout?
  • Web cam, microphone, well-lit room, and the patience to get familiar with the technology.
5. What are some of the different ways to use Google Hangouts for professional development, parent communication, and classroom instruction?