Brand New! Using Miro in Google Meet

Greg DaSilva
PD Specialist
Teq News on October 26 2022

Google has introduced a new whiteboard option that can be used in Google Meet. This new space allows participants in the meeting to take notes, complete activities, and much more while collaborating within meetings. This can be a useful feature while students are participating using their Chromebooks or other devices, during a virtual teaching scenario, or for staff meetings.  

Let’s take a walk through how to get started and some of the key features that will let you take your Google Meets to another level!

1. Start your Meet and Miro board

The first step is to start your Meet, then select the symbol with the triangle, square, and circle, and choose Miro. Next, create a board, without signing in, or sign in to your account to save all of the boards that you create. You can invite those participating in your Google Meet to collaborate on the whiteboard space.  

The digital whiteboard using Miro in Google Meet.
Get started with your whiteboard by building from a blank canvas, as your meeting participants can contribute as they please.

2. Using Miro

On the left hand side, you can find the various tools available to use on the whiteboard, such as sticky notes, shapes, text, pens, and more.  When you hover your mouse over the tools, you will see that each has an easy keyboard shortcut, for example, to add a sticky note, simply type “s.”  

The tools to use within Miro.
Many of the tools available in Miro have different functions and can be used to create your digital whiteboard.

3. Miro vs. Jamboard

So far, you may be thinking that this is very similar to Jamboard, so why would you want to use Miro?  Click on the double arrow icon pointing right to find out!  There are a number of templates, diagrams, captures of web pages, and more. Take time to explore and practice with the features to see how you and your students can use them for extra collaboration in and out of the classroom.  For project-based learning initiatives, students can create boards and stay organized by planning out and assigning tasks with Kanbans, for example.

A diagram on the food chain.
Customize your charts and diagrams any way you like, as you can play around with different shapes and sizes

If you would like to learn more about Google Meet and other Google Workspace applications, consider completing one of our Google Workspace Micro-credentials on OTIS for educators to be more than prepared for the new school year!

 


For more tips, tricks, and tools for teaching in and out of the classroom, check out more content on the Teq Talk blog or our YouTube channels OTIS for educators and Tequipment.

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