Canvas + Streaming
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06/24/2021 - We talked about how to get started with streaming.
If we redefine streaming as "In front of a live studio audience" more like the way Apple streams shows at the same time every week but you can't watch it on demand or the way older broadcast television shows would air, suddenly the world of streaming seems a lot more in reach for the average teacher.
If you create videos ahead of time you can stream/broadcast that video and do something else while that is happening. Say you record your tier 1 instruction and set it to broadcast a 10am because that's when your math block starts. While your tier 1 instruction is broadcasting, you can meet with small groups.
Create anticipation and excitement with scarcity
Record students telling a joke of the day and broadcast one each day at the same time. Students will be eager to sign on and see whose joke broadcasts for the day. They'll also be eager to produce work if they know it's going to be broadcast to the class.
Reruns are your friend
Use videos you've already created and replay them just as tv shows show reruns. This can provide review sessions and give you some wiggle room or easy content for days when you have a sub.
For $10/month you can send your pre-recorded content to ClassroomCast or several other streaming service. All OneStream does is allow you to schedule content. It says, "Yo, I'm gonna talk to you, you send it to this other place that may not have the capability to schedule recordings."
RTMP URL - The link for the place you want to send your stream
Stream Key - The password for your custom stream
FPS (Frames per Second) - Mike recommends 30 frames per second
Resolution - If your students have Chromebooks, don't bother with anything over 720p.
ClassroomCast provides statistics about the broadcast, allows you to set it as recurring, it won't be blocked, and translates your videos into other languages. Unlike YouTube, ClassroomCast suggests your related videos rather than videos from anywhere on the internet which will keep kids focused on related material.
Use the persistent player link to embed your broadcast into your Canvas page. As a backup, include the link as a link that kids can click on to open the stream in a new tab.
Bonus: Streaming for kids
Have kids write a script and create their own stream reacting to your teacher program.
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