Ease of Sharing
“At the district level, the ease of sharing is most valuable to me,” Sheryl praised. She can communicate with Hudson’s large audience, effortlessly; upload and then share media through a URL link, QR Code, or embed it into a website; and easily create groups and share content with just a unique subset of users.
Hudson also shares videos through a Video Showcase. The video topics range from explaining their 1:1 initiative, warm welcomes for back-to-school, or student resources, such as how to handle peer pressure. Like the name implies, a Showcase beautifully exhibits videos on a webpage, but avoids the cumbersome process of embedding videos, one-by-one.
“MyVRSpot enable our teachers to show educationally-vetted content through a clean viewing experience,” Kristin stated. “Since YouTube was blocked within the district, our staff struggled to find useful video content to integrate and share with students, until we learned of MyVRSpot’s YouTube filter. It allows teachers to share content without annoying ads, pop-ups, and “suggested related content”,” she added.
Hudson recently added-on Closed Captioning to their system, which will help them maintain ADA compliance. Hudson does not have to remove their previous videos or stop creating videos. To add closed captioning to a video, locate the media and click “Request Caption”, it’s that easy.
Sharing Gratitude Through 3D-Printing and Video
Some 8th graders at Hudson Middle School are experiencing and sharing immense gratitude with the help of technology. Hands of Gratitude is the name of their Service Learning Project this year. Kristin explained, “Students 3D-printed, assembled, and customized a prosthetic hand for a five-year-old from Honduras. Once the hand is complete, students will then write a card, record a short video, and decorate the bag holding the donated prosthetic.”
She continued, “Projects like Hands of Gratitude help students look outside of their own world, problem solve, work together, build empathy, and try to make the world a better place. It’s inspiring and energizing to help students build those skills.”