“Not only is it powerful, but we can now use streaming because of the ease of access for staff and its technical reliability,” said Kristin. She chuckled, “Teacher’s brains sometimes explode when they learn that all they need is an iPad to stream. They can broadcast from anywhere–even outside. Rather than talking about an event, they can go and literally stream that event.”
Sheryl isn’t kept up at night worrying about server storage space. She can sleep easy knowing that the curriculum team uploaded every Professional Development video, and that Hudson’s website stands strong when hundreds of people view the Senior Final Projects.
“It is important that video on the website is accessible and user-friendly. MyVRSpot did a lot of work to make sure that angle was a success,” Kristin described. To do this, MyVRSpot maintains all video quality, such as HD, but also optimizes a viewer’s experience. MyVRSpot’s system does three things to cut video loading time, the system:
- Creates alternative copies of the uploaded video into medium- and low-resolution,
- Translates the video to MP4 format for viewing on all devices, and
- Determines the viewer’s bandwidth using adaptive bitrate technology, giving each spectator the fastest viewing experience.
Voila! MyVRSpot delivers the optimal quality video to your viewer based on their then available bandwidth.
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.”