I highly recommend grade-level teams use Chat for quick messaging as they won’t get lost in the endless emails we all get! Any new message will be on the right side of Gmail (if you set it up like the directions show) and are easy to find and stay current.
Enable Chat in Gmail:
You might have seen a pop-up in your Gmail recently. No worries if you just ignored it. They looked like this:
Head over to Gmail and click the “Settings Gear” at the top right. Then select “See all settings”.
Click on “Chat and Meet”.
Choose your settings. I recommend selecting “Google Chat” and selecting the Chat Position as “Right side of the inbox” (this will allow you to see more chats), and also under Meet “Show the Meet section in the main menu” to allow quick Google Meet access.
In your domain, Chat Notifications might be disabled to avoid unwanted “surprises” popping up while you have your screen displayed for students to see. You will not be able to have Chat notifications as popups. I do have mine set this way so when I click on a Chat it does open in a popup window, though.
Make sure to click “Save Changes” if you made changes.
Send a Chat:
Open up Gmail. Click on the “+” icon in the top-right.
Choose what you want to do:
Person, room, or bot: Start a Chat by entering a person’s name to start a message
Start group conversation: Create a Chat Group (Group Message) with multiple participants
Create a room: This is a group for project collaboration and communication and a place where people can share files, assign tasks, and stay connected
Browse rooms: Search for rooms you have been invited to join
Find a bot: Bots are special accounts you can chat with that provide a way for you to connect to services in Chat, such as looking up information, scheduling meetings, or doing tasks
Message requests: Check if there have been requests sent your way
Click on “Create room” to create a collaboration space.
Add a name to this room and invite others.
You can add text messages (bottom) or send files/tasks (middle) to the participants of this group/Room.
Use Rooms to chat with your team, share files, and keep organized!
All these features are also available by going to chat.google.com or clicking on the Chat icon in the Google Waffle.