As part of the changing educational landscape in 2020, many of our users are using screen-sharing tools like Google Meet in order to share videos, games, and worksheets from the Social-Emotional Learning Platform. Many of us are getting used to all of the new programs, resources, and environment due to the impact of remote learning initiatives.
We'd like to share a few best practices in order to provide your students or children the best experience possible through the use of our materials in Google Meet.
As we have mentioned in our blog, we have no affiliation with Google, so our tips are taken from their help documentation along with our experience using the tools ourselves. Any specific questions about Google Meet should be directed to their Help Center.
Presenting the Social-Emotional Learning Platform
Thanks to the release of the new Chrome Tab feature from Google, Everyday Speech users can now enjoy higher-quality video and audio while presenting their screen to students/patients. Please see this Google Suite Update for details.
When you are ready to present, please follow the steps from the Google article on Presenting during a video meeting. Select "a Chrome Tab" when you share your screen so that users experience high-quality audio and video. Otherwise, choppiness or delays may occur.
Prior to the release of this feature, users reported issues with audio choppiness or delays. If there are audio issues, it could be due to many factors such as your internet bandwidth, CPU, GPU, Memory, or your Browser or Operating System versions. In addition, it might be worth trying to disable your camera while presenting, as a way to see if performance improves, as well.
Audio playback issues may occur if you also using computer speakers with your microphone "un-muted" while presenting your screen. This is the case with any screen-sharing tool, so a best practice is to mute your microphone while presenting audio from your screen. This will avoid the audience from hearing both the feedback from your microphone and the video playing on the screen.