Breakout rooms can be useful to get students talking and working in small groups in a virtual class meeting. Here are directions for creating breakout rooms in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.
How to Create Breakout Rooms in Zoom
To create breakout rooms in Zoom you’ll first need to make a small change in your account settings. The change is to enable the breakout rooms option so that a “breakout rooms” button appears in your meeting controls during your meetings.
To enable breakout rooms in Zoom:
- Open your account settings.
- Select the “Meeting” tab.
- Select “In Meeting (Advanced).”
- Move the Breakout Room slider icon to the on position.
- Breakout rooms should now appear as an option in the meeting controls for every meeting you host.
How to Create Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams
How to Create Breakout Rooms in Google Meet
Chrome extension for creating breakout rooms. The latest version addresses some of the problems with previous iterations. One thing to keep in mind when reading reviews of third-party extensions is that developers are often at the mercy of Google’s constantly evolving policies and programs. That means that sometimes an extension stops functioning correctly not because of something the developer did but because Google made a change that the developer hasn’t yet responded to.