Many school districts have policies that make it a tricky prospect to try to include watching a video on YouTube as part of a lesson plan. If you (or someone in your school or district) create your own videos you need somewhere to “host” them. If your students create video projects they, too, need a place to share them, either with teachers, or peers, or both. Microsoft Stream can be that place. Welcome to Day 68 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.
What is Stream?
Stream is an example of a “walled garden”. Only people inside your district can see the videos posted there. You can set the permissions more restrictive as you need, but the widest possible audience is everyone in your organization.
You can upload any video to Stream from your device, from OneDrive, or even from PowerPoint.
Stream consists of videos, channels and groups.
Channels in Stream
When you have more than one video on a topic, create a channel for it and add those videos to that channel. You can add a single video to more than one channel. I have a channel for Microsoft tutorials, and a channel for OneNote tutorials, as well as a catch-all channel of all my videos in Stream, so a OneNote tutorial will go into all three channels. So you can think of channels as functioning similar to tags in that respect, except it’s only videos I put into my OneNote channel that are in there.
Groups in Stream
In Stream, what channels are for videos, groups are for people. You can create groups, like all the students in a class. This is really useful if you combine a group and a channel. When you create a channel, you can set it up so only people in a specific group can see the videos in that channel. This makes it a private channel. This makes Stream a great place for students to share video projects with just their teacher and classmates.
It’s really easy to share either a video or a channel from Stream as well. Just click on share and get a link to post or distribute, or email directly from Stream, or get an embed code so your video will play inside of another application or site.