Sunday, April 26, 2020

Useful Google Meet Extensions

Google Meet is a great video tool. It can be used for video conferencing, screen-sharing, and even screen-recording. On its own, Meet is pretty basic. You can see up to 16 participants at a time, share your screen, and record meetings. The good news, there are extensions that can add functionality to Meet. Below are some of the useful extensions to make Google Meet even better! Click the link in each tool’s title or head to the Chrome Web Store for more details. 

All these extensions will need to be installed before starting your Google Meet. Also, these only affect the person using the tool. Others in your Meet will need to also install any used extension in order to use the same tools (except the visual tools as they are only needed on the one side).

This extension adds the ability to see everyone in a Google Meet. This allows only the participants who have this extension already installed to see the others with the simple click on the Grid icon. 

Extension Options:
  • Only show participants with video
  • Highlight speakers
  • Include yourself int he grid
  • Enable grid view by default
  • Enable Screen Capture Mode (takes names off the screen)

This allows Meet to create a spreadsheet that records who was in a Meet on a given day. 

Extension Options:
  • Take attendance with a click
  • Create new Spreadsheets
  • Create new tabs in a spreadsheet

How-to video HERE

Google Meet Breakout Rooms

Welcome to the Breakout Rooms Extension which enhances Google Meet:

  • View all breakout rooms together in Tile or Tab format

  • Single-click to move seamlessly between rooms

  • Assign participants in either ad hoc or preassigned mode

  • Broadcast audio and video into all of the breakout rooms

  • Customize colors

  • One-time setup in Calendar.  Reuse links and never use Calendar again

  • Basic reports for attendance, breakout groups, participant group assignments, etc

  • Individual room controls (mute all participants, remove all, close room)

  • Export and Import Rooms links as well as the entire Extension data

  • Online help video library

  • Online version release notes 

  • Re-Tile to reset all the tiled windows in their appropriate place and size

This app adds a raise hand feature and whiteboard into Google Meet for each participant with the extension installed.

Extension Options:
  • Share whiteboard with others.
  • Math equations available

Nod allows Meet participants to send real-time reactions to presenters and speakers during meetings on Google Meet. It also allows for a “Raise Hand” feature.

Extension Options:
  • See Raised Hand
  • See Emoji Feedback

Video Details HERE

This will enable simple push to talk functionality to make it easier to only have your microphone on when talk to prevent feedback especially in large meetings

Extension Options:
  • When the spacebar is pressed down it will unmute the microphone 
  • When released it will mute the microphone

This extension allows the “space bar” to control the Mute and Unmute while in a Google Meet.

Extension Options:
  • Mute/Unmute: Quick push of the “Space Bar”
  • Hold “Space Bar” (default) to talk, release to go back to mute

How-to video HERE

Easily mute and unmute your Google Meet tabs!

To set the keyboard shortcuts, right-click the app icon > Manage Extensions> click menu > Keyboard shortcuts. Set keyboard shortcuts for this extension. 

Extension Options:
  • App's icon is tri-colored, there is no active Google Meet session.
  • App's icon is green, the microphone is currently unmuted.
  • App's icon is red, the microphone is currently muted.

For muting and unmuting Google Meet from the extension icon no matter what tab you're currently looking at.

Extension Options:
  • Toggle mute in your active Google Meet no matter what tab you're looking at
  • Extension icon is green when you're in an active Google Meet and unmuted, red when muted, and otherwise gray

Add visual effects to your Google Meet. 

Extension Options:
  • Add Backgrounds (*Needs Green Screen behind participant)
  • Blur
  • Pixelate
  • Freeze 
  • Inverse
  • Contrast
  • Virtual Glasses

Set/View users status, whiteboard sharing, react with Emojis, meeting timer, mute/unmute meeting audio, locate & focus on Google Meet.

Extension Options:
  • User Status Update
  • Real-time Whiteboard Sharing

Some of these extensions are in version 1.x so there may be many updates/changes in the works as well as some bugs could occur. Use these knowing there could potentially be issues.

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!