Joining Hangouts

1. Enable Google+ for your Gmail

In order to use Google Hangouts, you will need to enable Google+ for your gmail account. To enable Google+, you should be logged in to your gmail account, then go to the Google+ page and follow the directions.

Learn more about Google+.

2. Try Hangouts with a Friend

Those participating in the research project (earning a stipend) will be required to participate in one Google Hangout each unit with your professional learning community (PLC) and mentor teacher. Everyone else is welcome to join the instant hangouts, which will be linked on the Discussion lesson of each unit. Look for the following icon to join an instant hangout:


If you haven't used Google Hangouts before, we suggest the following tips:

  • Try to do your hangout in a quiet place, using a good microphone/headset.
  • Test a hangout with a friend or family member before doing one in your group.
  • Hangouts work best in the Chrome browser.
  • Use Google Docs to take notes in your hangout. (Click View More Apps on the left side list in Hangout, then click +Add Apps and look for Google Drive.)

Get Started with Your First Hangout:


Learn more about hangouts.


Using Google Docs for notes:

You may find it helpful to take notes in the hangouts using Google Docs. This screenshot will show you how to get started: