Planet eStream’s flexibility to upload practically any digital media asset is unrivalled. This ease of upload, coupled with an intuitive, customisable and responsive HTML5 interface delivers a truly user friendly experience. Staff and students can easily upload their own content and browse and view available content seamlessly.
"The absolute beauty of Planet eStream is that it is an incredibly sophisticated product, which is also very easy to use. At its simplest level, it makes media storage and sharing easy, but you can also dive deeper and use more complex tools to create and share content and bespoke learning resources." Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust
"With Planet eStream, we now have one central database where all student presentation videos can be found, instead of on VHS and DVDs scattered around teaching staff and departments. This increased flexibility and accessibility in using recordings has encouraged and enabled more curriculum areas to make better use of ILT, enhancing the learning experience for all learners" Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Learning Resources, Bath College
Planet eStream offers the most comprehensive set of tools available for uploading content. Here are some of the methods available for adding content to Planet eStream…
Planet eStream offers a wide selection of intuitive tools to assist educators in streamlining the delivery and integration of their video content in teaching and learning resources to facilitate student engagement. All content management tools are available via Planet eStream’s HTML5 web interface, making them easily accessible from any location and any device.
Most video content recorded from TV or digitised from existing media is in long form and to maximise teaching impact, it is necessary for educators to have the tools available to create clips or short snippets that drill down to the learning objective that they need to highlight. Chapter creation is one of the features used most widely by the Planet eStream community. Users can simply select where they want their chapter to start and finish, give it a name and even a description. Once created this chapter is permanently associated with this recording and can be shared, embedded and incorporated into playlists, just like any other item in your library. Chapters are a great way of directing viewer focus to the areas of importance and are commonly used when delivering video as part of flipped learning.
Watch how simple it is to create a chapter in Planet eStream.
Photosets are a great way to showcase still images and photos. Users can upload individual pictures or batch upload a series of images to create a photoset. They can then be tagged with relevant metadata to make them searchable and sharable like any other digital asset within the Planet eStream media library. Viewers can choose to view images individually or as a slide show, there is also the option to allow users to download individual images from photosets.
Create a specific version of one of your video resources for use within a particular class activity or event, remove adverts or unwanted sections on TV recordings or, simply neaten up videos with the built in online editor. This simple editing tool enables users to cut the video into just the sections they want to keep. Users can then choose to create a new version of the recording in addition to the original or overwrite the original dependant on their permission level. The tool is incredibly simple to use so your users do not require prior video editing knowledge to take advantage of it.
Accompany any video with a slide show. Simply upload images or a PowerPoint file and set the timing of the slides alongside the video using the online slide show editor.
Users can choose to add personal notes or public comments to media assets. Comments are a great way for users to interact, generate discussion and for educators to highlight areas of interest. All comments and notes are locked to the specific time they were made allowing your users to jump straight to their corresponding location in the video.
Educators can now easily aggregate assets into their own playlists to either send to students in advance of lessons to support flipped learning or for use within face to face teaching scenarios.
Educators can further engage with students by adding interactive elements to their video content, this can be in the form of questions, annotations, drawings and links. More information on this feature can be found here.
As well as uploading documents, PDFs and PowerPoint presentations in their own right as individual assets, educators can also add any type of supporting material by uploading digital assets as ‘related media’ to accompany video items. This is a great way to distribute lecture notes and example test questions.
"Teaching staff have praised the ease with which they can rename or delete videos and create playlists and chapters, which in turn enables them to structure individual lessons to suit specific learning goals. It is also easy to add notes and other resources to videos to create composite lessons." Donna Vaughan, Curriculum Services Team, C2k NI
All content on Planet eStream can be shared, either by web links or embed codes. Web links allow simple distribution of content, embed codes offer your users the ability to take their selected content and directly embed this into other platforms such as VLEs/LMSs and websites. Both methods have the ability to remove permission based restrictions or bypass any authentication to make sure the content is viewable by the chosen audience.
Planet eStream also enables your users to create ‘widgets’ and embed these into other platforms. Widgets can take the form of a carousel, slider or grid and contain thumbnail links to specific content that is user defined and completely customisable. A common example of how Planet eStream users make use of this feature is the creation of a widget for a specific subject category or course category within Planet eStream with the instruction to populate it with recently added content. The widget would then be embedded into a course page within their chosen platform i.e. a VLE and dynamically updates as new media is added to that specific subject category. This is a great way of syndicating fresh curriculum relevant media content via your VLE course or subject pages without ongoing administration or time overhead by your staff.
Embed your media into any VLE or Learning Platform.
We have specific plugins with enhanced functionality available for the following VLEs.
"Being able to embed TV programmes, photosets and videos into Moodle has definitely widened our teaching scope. The fact that playlists are quick and easy to build using Planet eStream and then embed into Moodle is proving invaluable, too." Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources, Bath College
Any media library will grow exponentially over time, it is therefore imperative that content is indexed and stored in a structure that suits your organisation from the outset. As an ‘out of the box’ solution you can opt to implement the built in settings as a default or have complete control over the libraries look, feel and structure. This includes the tools to create an organised category tree with infinite sub categories and custom metadata fields for tagging content. These custom metadata fields can take the form of check boxes, radio buttons, drop down lists, and free text, as well as the ability to make certain fields mandatory. These custom fields also make it easy for end users to mark content as private or for staff use only and to rate content as suitable for different age ranges of students.
By combining integration of AD/LDAP and the flexible permissions structure that Planet eStream offers, administrators can easily control what content users can access. This allows access to certain media to be restricted, for example staff only or age related policies. You can read more about permissions here .
The ability to filter access through active directory groups has enabled colleagues to ensure content is suitable for different age groups and abilities. For example, the PSHE teachers are able to direct students to age appropriate resources by setting playlist controls. Sam Adams – Oxford Spires Academy
Recording from either Freeview television or from the BBC Digital Archive will automatically attach subtitles where they are available. There are also advanced options in Planet eStream for users to upload their own subtitles in the form of SRT files. When subtitles are available viewers can the toggle them on and off easily.
In this video, we show you how simple it is for you to get your content into Planet eStream.
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