Saturday, 24 June 2017

DRET.tv Showreel


We've published a showreel video with some samples from our dret.tv project ahead of our eLearning Conference (#DRETelc) this week.

DRET.tv is our name for Microsoft Office 365 Video. We make heavy use of both G-Suite and Office 365 as a Trust and have found the simplicity of the video service to be a joy to use.

A teacher or a team can have a channel - video uploaded there can be seen by anyone they allow to view that channel. So a Year 6 class at an academy might have a channel any logged in user can see, whilst a CPD group at a particular academy might make a channel only members of the group can see. No adverts. No comments to worry about. Just the video in a nice clear interface.

Since September we've opened more than 100 channels - the content ranges from celebration of things, reporting and news, howto clips and a lot of flipped learning material.

Hopefully the showreel gives an idea of how we use it - we publish it from Google Drive rather than 365 Video because dret.tv is designed as a private service for in-house use only. If you're in a school we'd strongly suggest you look into it - indeed if you sign up for Office 365 only for that one service you'll not regret it.

As an aside, 365 Video is about to go the way of the Dodo. Sadly not everyone has the same levels of keen for it as us - but the good news is that the service that replaces it Microsoft Stream looks nicer and is available now. It does add some complexities in terms of how to manage it for a school environment, where the user-level sharing and social elements aren't perhaps as front and centre as the product designers seem to think it is - we're confident though that it will be ready for dret.tv 2.0 very soon.

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