Unlimited Sharing & Privacy
“The ability to share videos and content has proven most useful over the years,” stated Daniel, “I like that there is some flexibility and options for sharing, too.” You can also use tracking to analyze if your content is being effective.
URL, Embed Code, or QR Code
The most common methods of sharing an individual file or folder is with URL links, embed codes, or QR codes. To share an individual file or folder, click the embed icon on the media, and then select one of the three methods of sharing.
Groups are used to assemble “smaller learning communities” and also to share content ownership. You can create, join, or request to join a group. Additionally, you can change the role of users within a group. Adjust user access, which include read-only, can add content, can both add and remove content, or an administrator. Daniel stated, “Group ownership allows us to not lose content when staff move on.”
Blended Learning Tools
Blended learning is another method of sharing content through Sandbox. With peace of mind, allow YouTube and Vimeo to accompany your lesson plans. The Vimeo and YouTube filter strips out all advertisements, pop-ups, suggested videos, and comments–leaving only the video. Now, students can watch videos without inappropriate ads or spiraling into the oblivion with endless suggested content.
Next, align quiz questions throughout a video using SmartSpot and share it with your students. Not only is it engaging, it also saves teachers’ time. Students can learn at their individual pace, outside or inside the classroom, and the questions are auto-graded.
Statewide Repository of Content
Another method of sharing is by marking your files “public,” allowing all educators and students in the state access to your media. All ADE users can search within Sandbox to find others’ shared content. So, if you have remarkable content to share, mark those files at the appropriate privacy level for others to find.
Video Showcase is a beautiful way to display an unlimited amount of video files on your district or school website, without the cumbersome coding process. Once setup, videos can be added and removed from your website, directly from your Sandbox account, with just a couple clicks of the mouse.
To see two examples of Video Showcase, check out SAG-AFTRA Foundation, videos where actors and actresses read children’s books, and Hudson City School’s showcase of district videos.
Some school administrators are testing Digital Signage, referred to as SmartSigns within the Sandbox system, to display announcements on monitors throughout a school. With SmartSigns you can easily inform students and staff of events, daily schedules–such as the lunch or bell schedule–and even link their Sandbox live streaming channel to the sign. Apply here to test out digital signage for your school.
“The MediaSpot projects tool is especially helpful for administrators,” stated Daniel. He uses Sandbox’s MediaSpot feature to quickly manage the content on webpages. In his role, there are endless updates to training information, so it’s important that he can alter webpage content at a moment’s notice.
“Create an HTML page and stop waiting on the webmaster.” First, drag-and-drop columns to create the bones of the webpage, add elements, such as text and video, and fill-in the elements with your content. For more advanced users, customize the page with CSS. Then, have the webmaster embed the MediaSpot project’s embed code into the website.
Privacy Controlled by the District
Each account and each file has privacy permissions to keep students and content safe. Each user account has privacy settings, which are hierarchical and determined by the school district administrator. These hierarchy levels have a “view down” ability, so any higher-level account can view all content of account-levels below them. Set each file’s privacy level from the range of options including public, teachers and above, or district administrators only.