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Google Chat

Google Chat is a school-managed service that allows employees and students in grades 6-12 to communicate via typed messaging.  Designed for short, interactive exchanges, Chat is often faster and more convenient than email. Google Chat is the officially sanctioned chat app to be used between students and teachers. All Google Chat content is recorded and stored in an electronic Vault for later administrative access if needed.

Getting Started

  1. Access the Google Chat service using any web browser at
  2. Log in using your Google account.
  3. Send direct messages to any other account user, message a small group of of people, or participate in a discussion Room (such as one for a class or a club).


If you choose to get notifications (either when you have open in a web page tab or if you are using one of the standalone apps), you can easily turn notifications off or customize them as you prefer. For example, you can choose to get only notified when someone sends you a direct message as opposed to when messages are posted in a Room where you are a member.  For more information on notifications:

Install Apps/Programs

While going to the web page works fine, some prefer having a separate program for using Chat. It also allows you to get notifications, if desired, without needing to keep a Chrome/Safari tab open to If you just want to use the web page, you can skip this section.
  • Mobile apps for iPhone and Android and a standalone desktop/laptop program for Windows and Mac is available if you prefer that to using in Chrome or Safari. The mobile app is convenient for reading or responding from a phone.
  • For the desktop/laptop program, you should be prompted to install it if you are running Chrome or can start the install in Chrome using the directions in the Google support article Install the Chat standalone app here.

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