Google Chat and Spaces

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 an officially sanctioned chat app to be used between students and teachers. Like D-E email, 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 chat room such as one for a class or a club. (A Google Chat room is called a Space.)

Google Chat is now also available in D-E's Gmail on the web and in the Gmail app on iPhone/iPad and Android. See access Chat in Gmail if you need help finding it.

What can you do with Google Chat? - according to Google

Spaces and Threads

You can join or create a Space (aka room) as an easy way to use Chat for a class or to converse with a group of colleagues, or to work on a team project. Spaces have the advantage of supporting multiple conversations/topics in the same space as separate "threads". You can reply to existing threads or start a new thread at any time. The thread with the most recent activity shows as the bottom of the space messages.


You can choose to get chat notifications whether you use Chat in Gmail via open in a web page tab or by 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 Space where you are a member. You can also choose which Spaces to actively follow. For more information on notifications:

Install Apps/Programs

While going to the web page or accessing Chat from Gmail 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 access Chat via Gmail or 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. The mobile app is convenient for reading or responding from a phone. You can also access chat via the Gmail app on iPhone/iPad or Android.

    • 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.

More Information

Google Chat Help Center - by Google