Wednesday, May 12, 2021


This hybrid school thing... So many moving parts. 

The bell rang, so I dismissed fourth period. Then I had six minutes to get ready for sixth. (We're on a block schedule, so periods 1-3-5 one day and periods 2-4-6 the next.) 

I let the in-person boys into class as I logged into the meet for the at-home students. I first joined using the main computer. Then I joined using the "receiving" computer.

Okay, so this might get a bit complicated to explain, but I'm going to try anyway. If we play a video to the at-home students and attempt to listen to it on that same computer in class, there's a distortion that the kiddos at home hear. The fix for this is to present the video on one computer while listening to it on another. That is, I need to have one computer open to the meet and receiving the presentation just like the kiddos at home. 

I mean, I don't have to do this. I could just mute my computer. But then I don't know if they're hearing me. Besides, I kind of have to follow along so I know when to stop the video. And with kiddos in class, it's easier to have one speaker going so they can all follow along. I plug the receiving computer into the in-class projection system for the kiddos in class.

(I mean, they could just join the meet and watch it that way. And sometimes they do. But, what's the use of being in person if they're just getting their instruction via a Google Meet?) 

Confused? I'm just getting started...

Once I was in the meet with both computers, I "presented" my main computer screen to the receiving computer. Only, the receiving computer wasn't seeing what my presenting computer was presenting. 

I had something similar happen the previous week, so I logged out and logged back in. Still, nothing.

At this point, the kiddos started logging in. Only, I wasn't seeing them on my presenting computer...

And that's when I found my error. I logged my receiving computer into period 6's meet. I logged my presenting computer into period 4's. Oops.

Too many moving parts. Or open tabs. Or some metaphor like that. 

By the time this is all over, I'm going to be an expert at Google Meets. And then I won't need to be anymore.


  1. So many moving parts is right. Glad you figured it out, though. I would forever be the teacher who couldn't figure it out. I know because I have problems every single month figuring out what I'm doing wrong with the one virtual meeting I run. I spend half the meeting saying, "What just happened? How did I do that? How do I stop it?" :)

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    1. It gets easier, but whoa, there's a lot going on.

  3. And tomorrow it will be something else!

  4. I bet you'll be glad when you don't need to know this.

  5. Now you got me wondering about labs and shop classes how are they handle. Oh and P.E
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  6. Sometimes technology can be so confusing and you always need to check 2-3 times are you doing everything correct.

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    1. And then check it a third time to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

  7. O, it can be crazy! I can imagine!


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