Video is an important element for continuing the learning through an online environment. At ISB there are several options available to teachers and students for uploading and sharing video content and responses. Unfortunately, there is no perfect option that will fit everybody’s needs, so it is important that you look at all the options available, weigh the pros and cons, and make the decision that is best for you. This flowchart can help you decide the best way to handle video content that you have created. Use the links at the bottom to learn how to do any of the options in the flowchart.
If you have any questions about what is best, contact EdTech or ICT and they can help you decide.
For ES and Parent videos, you can upload your compressed videos to OneDrive or ES 365 and can share them so that they are viewable by anybody with the link. You can then share this link in Seesaw or an email.
Upload the video to OneDrive by dragging it into the folder you want to store it in. Once it is there, you will need to create a sharing link for the video.
Once your video is uploaded to OneDrive or ES365, click the three dots and choose “Copy link”
Select “Anyone with link” and make sure “Allow editing” is NOT selected. Then apply the changes.
You need to copy the link that is created and share this with students and parents. You must always use this process to share a link. You cannot just send the URL of the video (unfortunately).
Microsoft Stream (https://web.microsoftstream.com/) is a new feature of Office 365 that allows us to upload videos and share them with anybody in our organization. This means that in order to view a video shared on Stream, you must have an ISB email and password. This is not a suitable option for videos that are to be viewed by parents or by students in Grade 3 or below.
Some interesting features of Stream include automatic searchable transcript of the audio and the ability to link a form to the video for feedback and interactivity.
First, log in to Stream from any Office 365 tool (like Outlook Online, Word Online, etc.)
Upload your video under the “Create” menu. You can also create a Channel for your course (Grade 6 Humanities; Grade 10 Math; etc.) to group all the videos related to your course.
Once your video is uploaded, you can go to the viewing page. Grab the URL to share in a DX thought, or use the Share button to embed the video into your blog or into a DX Lesson.
Here’s an example of a video embedded from Stream. If you aren’t logged in to 365, it will not show properly. Click on the video and login to see it!
In last Monday’s TLT, Bec and Clint showed us how to use Scheduling Assistant in Outlook to book a meeting. It is still a bit tricky when making a time with teachers, as class times do not currently feature in calendars, however, this is our recommended method for making a time to meet with specialists… such as Bec and I!
At ISB we are lucky to have access to a wealth of tools and systems facilitate teaching, learning, and collaboration in our classroom and in our school. Unfortunately, all of these systems can sometimes get confusing: which one is best at which time?
To help our new (and returning!) teachers in the Elementary School, Sam, Bec and I shared a quick 45 minute presentation that helps to clarify three of our main tools for collaboration: Outlook (specifically accessing Groups and making calendar bookings), Office 365 (Groups v. OneDrive, sharing and collaborating on documents), and OneNote.
ISB gets very busy. This tutorial shows how you can have your various group calendars overlaid on your personal Outlook Online calendar.
Have you found yourself missing out on important messages? Has somebody said that they sent a message to the Group, but you can’t seem to find it? Alternatively, do you find that you are getting WAY TOO MANY messages from your group and want to find a way to control them effectively?
Every member of the group has an ability to subscribe to group messages. By doing so, you ensure that each message in the Group Conversation is sent directly to your inbox. This is great when you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
By unsubscribing, you will no longer receive these Group Conversation messages in your inbox. Instead you will be notified by a message counter in the Groups area of Outlook.
If you want to send a message to your Group and want to FORCE it to show up in the inbox of all members – even those who have unsubscribed – you can use the Broadcast feature in Conversations. (Pro Tip: You can also write @all in the body of the email being sent to the Group mailing list.)
Now you can help control the amount of email that ends up in your inbox and also ensure that important messages reach those who need to read them!
Here are a couple of video tutorials that show how to add your major assessments to grade level calendars. The first one shows how to do it in Outlook Online while the second one shows the process in the desktop version of Outlook for Mac 2016.
Outlook for Mac 2016
Thanks to all the teachers who came out for our first round of Small Bytes. We had a healthy turnout as we discussed Working with Groups in Office 365. It’s always interesting to get a group of teachers together to discuss these tools and platforms because it always helps us understand all of the different ways that teachers are using them in their classrooms!
We mainly had a chance to play around in a Sandbox Group, free from the fear of messing up *something important*. We also talked a bit about how to subscribe/unsubscribe from notifications and how to use conversations. Finally we spent some time discussing how the shared files work and how to share files between Groups using links rather than making a copy of the document.
I’ve embedded the simple slideshow that we used to help guide our discussion. If you have any questions about any of it, or about anything else related to Groups, leave a comment or swing by the Ed Tech Office!