Saturday, 10 December 2016

DRET.tv Quietly Taking Off

STOP PRESS: We've had several new requests from outside the Trust to view the video channels - sadly we can't do that but we have now made a mini-site that is public called "featured.dret.tv" to showcase the best stuff - we'll put anything on this blog there from now on.

DRET.tv is almost a year old, but it was quite a quiet and unused corner of our dret.cloud system for a long time. We used it to post copies of videos from the website and our YouTube channel, and for some training videos. Suddenly though, in large part because of the work of a number of very creative teachers it has started to take off - already we're aware of a teacher in one academy using a video from a colleague he's never met at another in a lesson - and some of them are getting a lot more viewers than there are people in the class (a "view" on the system is a person, so if the same person sees the video 20 times, it only counts once!)

The system works well because
  • There are no ads or toxic comments to worry about which you'd always have to be wary of with YouTube for example (although see our article on safeshare.tv if you need to use YouTube)
  • All the content is uploaded by staff at our academies so the ratio to useful stuff to filler is extremely high - just searching now I see thirteen videos with the term "subtraction" available - there could be a few more on the public web perhaps, but we know the provenance of these.
  • It is so simple to upload video. From an iPad or iPhone there is a great little app. From Office Mix it is a single click ("Publish to Office 365 Video"
For anyone that uses Office 365 we can't recommend the video service highly enough. Microsoft have another product called Stream available but we really like the idea of having simple "channels' each of which can have an owner (a few staff) and an audience (a few classes, or the whole Trust).

Making new channels is easy, and uploading videos straightforward. To simplify the process of asking for a channel to be made we've created a request form on Yammer.

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