Interpreters During Virtual Conferences

Interpreters will be available during virtual conferences. Since there are so many conference slots and each one has an individual Google Meet link, we will have multiple paths to getting interpretations services during these virtual conferences.

First Option: Live Interpreter

During the two conference days there will be a Google Meet open with interpreters waiting to be called into conference meetings as needed. If you find that you need an interpreter after starting your meeting, follow these steps:

1. Tell the person to wait a moment while you go get an interpreter.

2. Mute yourself the Conference meet. 

3. Click on the button to open the

Interpreter Room. Interpreters will be

waiting in this room.

4. At the bottom of your Conference Meet, click on the Conference name and copy the meeting link from the details (highlight, copy, paste)

5. Go back to the Interpreter Room, and paste your conference link in the chat

6. An interpreter will join your conference meet using that link. 

Already know that you need an interpreter?

If you already know that a parent/guardian will need an interpreter (they indicated it in the appointment notes, or they contacted you a different way) you can let us know before conference day using the form below. Tell us your name, the time of the conference, and copy the link from the appointment slot so an interpreter can come to the meeting.

Second Option: Google Meet Closed Captioning with Translation

In the event that an interpreter is not available, the next best option is to use the closed captioning feature in Google Meet. You can turn on captioning and it will auto-translate, and the parent can turn on captioning on their side and auto-translate what you say. Watch the brief video to the right to learn how to turn this function on. Note that both you and the person on the other end need to turn on this function; you cannot turn it on for the other person.

Third Option: Using Google Translate and the Google Meet Chat Function

As another option, you can use Google Translate to type in English text and have it translated to the language needed, and post the translated text in the Chat function on the Google Meet. Go to Google Translate type in the text you need translated, then copy and past the results into the chat feature in your meeting. Then copy the parent's text from the chat and past it in Google Translate to get the English translation.

Site updated November 19, 2020. Site owned and maintained by NAHS Librarian Robert Schmalbach.