Like many people out there I would consider myself something of a tech-head. I can figure out a lot of seemingly complex technological problems (mainly thanks to Google) but I have close to no idea what is happening behind the scenes when I press search and seem to get exactly what I’m looking for.
Late last year I spent a few months working closely with Sahan, William and Wilan, three members of the ClickView development team, whilst they created a new product: ClickView Live – a live streaming platform for schools and the larger education sector to share graduation ceremonies, presentations, sporting matches and any other events to their wider school community. Working alongside the team I got an insight into not only how they make the product work but how they make it work best for the people using it – in our case: schools and educators. We worked closely with institutions such as The King’s School from NSW, Scotch College from WA and the MITIE I.C.T. group to fine-tune the product from its early beginnings to where it is now.
The increase of video online has been huge over the past year or so. You can live stream almost any important event from any mobile device. It’s a great solution to stay in touch with events when you can’t be there. Apps like Periscope have exploded in popularity and established internet giants like Facebook and Youtube have been trying it out for themselves. There was one thing that nearly every educator we spoke to was concerned about when it came live-streaming from their school using these solutions – online safety.
“We wanted to have an ability to live stream events that are important for our community to see. The only option that we had, really, was ClickView. ClickView Live is a tool we want to use across every aspect of The King’s School.”
Designing the product to integrate into the existing ClickView Online system allowed the ClickView development team to offer a solution to these existing ClickView customers – start a stream simply through ClickView Online and share the private link to your school through ClickView Online or embed the video in to your learning management system, allowing I.C.T. Managers to control who is watching what events.
In our first test of ClickView Live, Sahan and myself travelled out to Armidale to visit the MITIE Term 4 Conference, which was being held at The Armidale School and the University of New England. We streamed 4 different talks throughout the day from rural locations – often just from a 4G device.
It was exciting to be able to share the experience of what is occurring in a small rural town to people all across Australia and possibly around the globe. The stream faltered at times under the lack of bandwidth – but this offered a chance for the development team to identify and resolve some problems with the streaming service.
“ These events illustrated the real power of ClickView Live – a safe and easy way for schools to securely share important events with student, parents, alumni and the wider school community.”
Sahan, William and Wilan worked closely with Mark Kelly, Head of Media at The King’s School, to figure out the best solution from the users’ end. By assisting them in using the live streaming service to share their End of Year Speech Night and their Carols night, we saw ClickView Live streaming events from Parramatta in Sydney across the country to parents in rural areas, to touring rugby teams in the UK and to students already home for the Christmas break in China.
These events illustrate the real power of ClickView Live – a safe and easy way for schools to securely share important events with student, parents, alumni and the wider school community. Mark Kelly stated, “We wanted to have an ability to live stream events that are important for our community to see. The only option that we had, really, was ClickView. ClickView Live is a tool we want to use across every aspect of The King’s School.”
ClickView Live officially became available on the 1st of February to stream graduation ceremonies, presentations, sports tournaments or any event you’d like to stream with your school community.
A special thank you to Mark Kelly, Michael Eggenhuizen and The King’s School, Bradley Tyrrell and Scotch College and the MITIE I.C.T. Group for their valuable input during the beta program for ClickView Live.