Start a video meeting for education

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With Google Meet, you can start class video meetings in Classroom, Meet, Google Calendar, and Gmail on your computer or mobile device.

Update on free premium Meet features—The promotion for free access to larger meetings and live streaming ended September 30, 2020. To use these features after the promotion, upgrade to G Suite Enterprise for Education. The promotion for free meeting recordings is being extended until a new temporary recordings feature launches later in 2020. Temporary recordings will let any meeting host record and share a meeting within their domain for 30 days.

Before you begin: Video meeting tips

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Requirements and best practices
  • Make sure that you meet the requirements for Meet. Learn more
  • See best practices for distance learning at the Google for Education Teacher Center. Learn more
  • Print instructions for getting started with Google Meet. Learn more
Permissions and joining tips
  • There's a limit to the number of people you can have in a video meeting. Learn more
  • In Classroom, unless Meet is turned off for them, the first student or teacher to arrive at the video meeting becomes the meeting organizer even if they're not the first to join the meeting.
  • If a person creates a video meeting in Google Calendar, they're the meeting organizer regardless of who joins the meeting first.
  • Even if Meet is turned off for students, they might still be able to record a meeting. To fix this, check with your administrator to ensure that this setting is turned off for students. Learn more
  • Anonymous users, or users not signed in to a Google Account, will not be able to join meetings organized by G Suite for Education users. However, users can still dial in using a phone. To allow anonymous users to join meetings in their domain, the admin of the G Suite for Education domain can contact Google Workspace support and request an exception. 
  • During any video meeting, only the meeting creator can approve external requests to join.
Accessibility and tech tips
  • To help students who are deaf or hard of hearing, turn on live captions in Meet. Learn more
  • If internet speed is slow, turning off your camera can improve video meeting quality. If audio quality is poor, you can use a phone for audio. Learn more
  • If you’re using a mobile device, install the Google Meet app. Learn more
  • Charge your device before the meeting. On some fanless devices, such as tablets and laptops, charging during the meeting can reduce video quality.

Create video meetings in Classroom

You can set up and start class video meetings in Classroom. To use Meet features in Classroom, your G Suite administrator has to turn on Meet for your school.

Set up a video meeting in Classroom
Create a unique nicknamed meeting link that students can use to join your class video meetings. You and your students can use the same link for all of your class meetings.  
Only you and your co-teachers can create, show, hide, or reset the meeting link for your class or start a class video meeting in Classroom. These permissions can vary based on how your admin sets up Meet for your school.

Create a Meet link in your class

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings "".
    Click Settings
  3. Under General, click Generate Meet link.
    Generate Meet link
    A Meet link appears for your class.
  4. At the top, click Save.

Show or hide a Meet link

Students who are in the same domain as the primary teacher can see the class Meet link on the Stream and Classwork pages. You can hide the link from students until you want to share it.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings "".
  3. Next to Visible to students, choose an option:
    • To hide the Meet link from students, click the switch Off  "".
    • To make the Meet link visible to students, click the switch On "".
      Show the Meet link
  4. At the top, click Save.

Copy a Meet link

You can copy a Meet link and paste it into an assignment, question, or message.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings "".
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow ""and thenCopy.
    Click the Down arrow

Reset a Meet link

If you have issues with the link, you can reset it and get a new one. After you reset the link, the old link won't work.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings ""
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow ""and thenReset.
    Click the Down arrow

Add a Meet link to an announcement

  1. Copy the Meet link (instructions above).
  2. On the Stream page, click Share something with your class.
  3. Enter your announcement and at the bottom, click Addand thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  5. Click Post.

    Note: You can also schedule the post for later or save it as a draft. For details, go to Post, schedule, or save a draft announcement.

Add a Meet link to an assignment or question

  1. Copy the Meet link (instructions above).
  2. On the Classwork page, click Createand thenAssignment or Question.
  3. In the assignment or question details, click Addand thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  5. Click Assign or Ask.

    Note: You can also schedule the post for later or save it as a draft. For details, go to Post, schedule, or save a draft assignment.

Start a video meeting in Classroom

Note: When you click the Meet link, you start the meeting. Students might be able to join the meeting before you join it. 

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Choose an option:
    • At the top of the Stream page, under the class code, click the Meet link.
      Click Meet link
    • At the top of the Classwork page, click Meet.

      If you don't see Meet, make sure the link is visible to students (instructions above).

    • In a question or assignment, click the link for the class video meeting.
      Click Meet link
  4. In Meet, before you join the meeting, at the top, check that you’re signed in with your Classroom account. If not, click Switch accountand thenselect or sign in to your Classroom account.
  5. Click Join now.
  6. If you’re the first person to join the meeting, you’ll see a window to invite others. If you don’t need to invite anyone or share the meeting link, you can close this window.

Start video meetings in other apps

You can create, start, and join a class video meeting in Google Meet, Google Calendar, and Gmail.

Start a video meeting in Meet

In Meet, you can start an impromptu meeting or one that you previously set up. After you start the meeting, you can share the joining information with your students in a Classroom post or message.

Tip: For greater control, create a nickname for your video meeting. If you’re the last person to leave a nicknamed meeting, students can’t rejoin.

Start a meeting right away

  1. Go to meet.google.com and sign in with your Classroom account.
    If you’re already signed in with a different account, at the top, click your profileand thenSwitch accountand thenselect or sign in to your Classroom account.  
  2. Click Join or start a meetingand thenchoose an option:
    • To create a meeting with a nickname, enter a nicknameand thenclick Continue.
    •  To create a meeting without a nickname, click Continue.
  3. Click Join now
  4. (Optional) To share a meeting nickname, post it in a message or a Classroom announcement, assignment, or question.
  5. (Optional) To share other joining details, choose an option:
    • Click Copy joining infoand thenpaste the details in a message or Classroom post.
      If you don’t see Copy joining info, in the lower-left corner, click the Up arrow "".
    •  Click Add people ""and thenenter names or email addressesand thenclick Send email
      If you don’t see Add people "", at the top, click People ""and thenAdd People"".

Start a meeting you previously set up

  1. Go to meet.google.com.
  2. Sign in with your Classroom account.
  3. Choose an option:
    • For a nicknamed meeting, click Join or start a meetingand thenenter the nickname.
    • In the list of meetings, click the meeting.
  4. Click Join now.

    Note: If you sent guests a message with the meeting link, they can click the link in the message to join the video meeting.

Leave the meeting 

  • Click the meeting windowand thenLeave call "".
Start a video meeting in Calendar  

You can create a class video meeting in Calendar and invite your students to join. You can also add view-only live streaming to an event for up to 100,000 people.

Note: If you create an event on someone's calendar, or transfer an event to their calendar, make sure you understand the video conferencing policies.

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Start a video meeting in Gmail

You can start or join video meetings in Gmail on your computer or mobile device. When you’re in the meeting, you can invite people to join you.

Note: If you’re a G Suite for Education user, to use Meet in Gmail, your G Suite administrator must turn on permissions to create and join video meetings.

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Manage participants in a video meeting

As the meeting organizer, you can control how people can participate in a video meeting.

Control access to a video meeting
As the meeting organizer, you can decide if participants must ask to join the video meeting.
When Quick access is on: When Quick access is off:
  • Participants from your domain can automatically join the meeting using their computer or mobile device.
  • Participants who dial in to the meeting using their phone can automatically join the meeting.
  • Any participant can dial out of the meeting.
  • All participants from inside and outside of your domain must ask to join the meeting. This includes people who dial in to the meeting by phone.
  • People who are invited during the meeting by someone other than you must ask to join the meeting.
  • Only you can dial out of the meeting.

By default, Quick access is turned on. After you start a video meeting, you can change the setting as often as you need using Meet on a computer. The setting only applies to the video meeting you're in. If the video meeting is part of a repeating Calendar event, changing the setting doesn't affect future events in the series.

To turn Quick access on or off:

  1. In the meeting, at the bottom, click Host controls "".
  2. Next to Quick access, click the switch On "" or Off "".
Mute or remove a participant
To mute or remove a participant, you have to be the meeting creator or own the calendar the meeting was created on.
If you remove a participant, they can't request to rejoin the video meeting.
In Meet, during a video meeting:
  1. At the top, click People "".
  2. Next to a student’s name, click the Down arrow ""and thenchoose an option:
    • To mute the student, click Mute ""and thenMute.
    • To remove the student, click Remove ""and thenRemove.
Re-invite a participant you removed
If you removed a participant from a video meeting, you can re-invite them.
In Meet, during a video meeting:
  1. At the top, click People "".
  2. Click Add people ""and thenenter the participant’s email.
  3. Click Send email.

    After you send the email, the participant can join the meeting through your invite or the original link.

Approve or deny a request to join a meeting
Only the meeting creator can see or approve requests to join a meeting that come from outside of your domain. Make sure the meeting creator stays in the meeting to approve external requests.
People from inside or outside your school's domain can't request to join a video meeting if they've already been denied entry twice.
In Meet, during a video meeting:
  1. When a request to join shows in the meeting window, click Admit or Deny entry.
Prevent students from rejoining a meeting

To prevent students from rejoining a meeting after it ends, you can create a nicknamed meeting. If you are the last person to leave a nicknamed meeting, students can't rejoin the meeting. 

Before you leave the meeting, you can remove any remaining students.

Prevent students from sharing their screen
You can only change this setting on a computer.
You can make sure that only you, the meeting organizer, can share your screen. This setting prevents participants from sharing their computer or mobile device screens. The setting you select only applies to the meeting you’re in. It doesn’t affect repeating, future events.
  1. In the meeting, at the bottom, click Host controls.
  2. Next to Share their screen, click the switch Off "".

Note: If you can't turn the control on or off, you might need to turn off a Chrome extension for Meet. For instructions, go to Install and manage extensions.

Prevent students from sending chat messages in a meeting
You can only change this setting on a computer.
You can make sure that only you, the meeting organizer, can send chat messages. This setting allows participants to read but not send chat messages from computers or mobile devices. The setting you select only applies to the meeting you’re in. It doesn’t affect repeating, future events.
  1. In the meeting, at the bottom, click Host controls.
  2. Next to Send chat messages, click the switch Off "".

Note: If you can't turn the control on or off, you might need to turn off a Chrome extension for Meet. For instructions, go to Install and manage extensions.

Use other Meet features 

View an attendance report for a meeting 
After a video meeting with at least 5 participants, the meeting moderator receives an email with an attendance report attached.
Important: Only G Suite Enterprise for Education moderators can currently receive attendance reports in Google Meet. Anyone who schedules or starts a meeting will be the moderator. There can only be one moderator per meeting. If you transfer a meeting to—or schedule a meeting on—someone else's calendar, that person might become the moderator.

View an attendance report

  1. Open the email account you use for Classroom. 
  2. In the attendance report email, click the report attachment.

What does a report include?

The report is a CSV file and includes the following information:

  1. Participant’s name
    • If someone calls in, part of their phone number will be listed instead of their name.
  2. Participant’s email
  3. Length of time participant was on a call, including timestamps of when they first joined and when they left the call. 
    • If someone gets ejected from a call, that timestamp will be recorded as the time they left the call. 
    • If someone joins and leaves the call more than once, multiple timestamps won’t be listed, but their overall call duration will be included.

Note: Meeting moderators get attendance reports for all meetings, including those started from Classroom or meet.google.com.

Conduct a Q&A in Meet 
This feature is available to teachers and students with a G Suite Enterprise for Education license. To use this feature, moderators and participants have to use the web version of Meet. 
Anyone in a meeting can ask questions. The questions show until they are deleted or hidden. After a meeting, the moderator gets a detailed report of all the questions.
Anyone who schedules or starts a meeting will be the moderator. There can only be one moderator per meeting. If you transfer a meeting to—or schedule a meeting on—someone else's calendar, that person might become the moderator.

Turn on Q&A

Before you can use this feature, the moderator has to turn it on.

  1. In a meeting, in the top-right corner, click Activities.
  2. Click Questionsand thenTurn on Q&A.

Ask a question

When you ask a question, participants might get a notification in the meeting.

  1. In a meeting, in the top-right corner, click Activitiesand thenQuestions.
  2. In the lower-right corner, click Ask a question.
  3. Enter your questionand thenclick Post.
    Note: Participants can answer the question verbally in the meeting, or add their reply in the meeting chat.  

View and manage questions

You can filter questions, mark questions answered, and hide questions. Filtering only applies to the moderator’s view.

  1. In a meeting, click Activitiesand thenQuestions.
  2. To filter questions, next to All questions, click the Down arrow ""and thenselect an option:
    • All questions
    • Unanswered questions
    • Answered questions
    • Hidden questions
      Note: Participants can only filter by all questions or questions they asked.
  3. To upvote a question, on the question, click Upvote "".
  4. To mark a question answered, on the question, click Answered "".
    Tip: Mark a question answered so participants know it was answered. 
  5. To hide a question, on the question, click Hide ""
  6. To sort questions by popularity or chronologically, next to Popular, click the Down arrow "" and select an option.
  7. To delete a question, on the question, click Delete "".
    Note: Moderators can delete anyone’s question. Participants can only delete their own question. The moderator can see all deleted questions and who asked them in the Questions report emailed to them after the meeting.

View a Questions report

After a meeting, the moderator is emailed a Questions report. The report includes any questions asked, hidden, or deleted in the meeting, along with the names of participants.

  1. Open the email with the Questions report.
  2. Click the report attachment.

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Conduct a poll in Meet
Note: This feature is available to teachers and students with a G Suite Enterprise for Education license. To launch or respond to polls, use the web version of Meet.
As a meeting moderator, you can create polls for participants to vote on.
Anyone who schedules or starts a meeting will be the moderator. There can only be one moderator per meeting. If you transfer a meeting to—or schedule a meeting on—someone else's calendar, that person might become the moderator.
After the meeting, the moderator is automatically emailed a report of the poll results. The report includes the names and answers of the participants. 

Create a poll

  1. In a meeting, in the top-right corner, click Activitiesand thenPollsand thenStart a poll.
  2. Enter a question and add options for the poll.
  3. Choose an option:
    • To post your poll, click Launch.
    • To save your poll so you can launch it later, click Save.
      Tip: Polls you save remain listed under Polls

Moderate a poll

  1. In a meeting, in the top-right corner, click Activitiesand thenPolls.
  2. (Optional) To let participants see a poll’s results, next to Show everyone results, click the switch On "".
  3. (Optional) To close a poll and prevent more responses, click End the poll.  
    Note: Participants can still view the poll.
  4. To permanently delete a poll from your list of polls, click Delete "".
    Note: No one can view deleted polls. 

View a poll report

After a meeting, the moderator is emailed a report for any polls conducted in the meeting. The report includes the names and answers of the meeting participants. 

  1. Open the poll report email.
  2. Click the report attachment.

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