5 Tools For Live Education Broadcasting

5 Tools For Live Education Broadcasting

Have you considered taking your education and learning programs online? Are you interested in giving live education broadcasting a try, but you’re not sure where to start?

The internet and live streaming allow the free flow of information and knowledge. Many of our customers come from the online learning and education segment. Broadcasters increasingly use video streaming platforms for online classes and distance learning. Educational institutions also use a streaming solutions, like those offered by DaCast, to stream school-related events like sports matches, graduations, and announcements.

Intro to Live Education Broadcasting

With the support of a professional streaming platform, you can stream live video on your website. This includes live education broadcasting like lectures and conferences for students around the world.  As you’re likely aware, learning is no longer restricted by the physical limitations of a single classroom in a specific location. High-quality video and technology can help develop 21st century learners in the current digital era. And live education broadcasting is one way to do so!

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the tools required for live education broadcasting.

1. Equipmentlive education broadcasting

To get started with live education broadcasting, you will need a camera and a microphone. Since the live stream is a replacement for real world classroom learning, the quality should match that of a real classroom. If you broadcast a poor quality stream, students will lose focus even if the content itself is great. For this reason, we recommend that you invest in high-quality equipment if possible.

You will also need a capture card to convert the video into streameable content. If you are using a web cam, then you don’t need a capture card. We have a list of recommended compatible cameras for live education broadcasting. These cameras have been tried and confirmed to work well with DaCast.

Some online courses don’t have presenters on screen. Sometimes an online class will only have a PowerPoint presentation on screen and live audio commentary. If you don’t plan to present yourself on camera, then you only need good audio equipment. You can also use Wirecast’s Desktop Presenter plug-in. This plug-in facilitates the live audio stream. It also allows you to share your screen so that you can show your presentation slides.

2. Encoder

You will need an encoder to make your live education broadcasting content compatible with all devices. You can use either live stream encoding software or a hardware encoder. This depends on your budget and computer speed. Hardware encoders are much more expensive. They are independent to your computer and run on their own processor.

There are several free software encoders, including Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder. You can download the Adobe FMLE directly from the DaCast Encoder Setup page. If you want a more professional software encoder, one of the best available is Telestream’s Wirecast. You can download a free trial before purchasing. For more information on encoders, you can check out this article on the best encoding software settings.

3. Internet connectionlive education broadcasting

A stable internet connection is vital for any live stream. Live education broadcasting is no exception. You want to ensure that all of your content is delivered to your audience without any glitches. Blank screens or sudden interruptions to the stream can cause a lot of problems, for you and your viewers.

You also want to ensure that your students are not distracted from the online lecture. Or if you’re streaming a graduation ceremony, you want to ensure the stream stays active throughout the entire event. You don’t want the students’ families who are watching from another country to miss their child’s moment on the stage.

In order to stream at a high quality, your internet connection needs to reach certain speeds. We recommend that you reach at least 750Kbps to 2Mbps. We also advise that your internet connection be twice as fast as the speed at which you want to stream.

For example, if you want to stream at 1Mbps, your upload speed should at least be 2Mbps.

4. Live streaming servicelive education broadcasting

The most important part of live education broadcasting is selecting the right streaming provider, or online video platform. You want to choose a reliable streaming service with a content delivery network (CDN). A CDN guarantees that your content is distributed all over the globe without clogging your own servers. DaCast has partnered with Akamai, one of the best and largest CDNs in the industry. Akamai also works with popular and successful companies like Apple and Facebook.

Additionally, you want to pick a streaming platform that is affordable and easy to use. If you’re new to live streaming, choose a provider that doesn’t require any technical know-how to use their system. Streaming platforms like DaCast help you do live education broadcasting with just a few clicks. For context, DaCast is one of the most affordable streaming services in the industry. With our platform you can easily stream live video on your website, while maintaining control of and rights to your content. And that’s just one advantage of the DaCast platform!

A good streaming service also provides a monitoring and analytics feature. You need tracking tools to evaluate the outcome of your event. You want to have access to viewer numbers, behaviors and engagement. Especially for an online class, you want to know if your students stayed on the stream the whole time or if they left before the end.

Finally, you want to know if your lesson or material is engaging enough for your students. You can use this information to tailor your lesson plans according to your students’ needs and preferences. DaCast comes with an in-system analytics tools that makes it easy for you to track your ROI.

5. Educational contentlive education broadcasting

So you have all these tools you need for live education broadcasting. Now what? First and foremost, you need great educational content! You can broadcast everything from mathematics to management to French lessons and fitness programs. Video has proven to be an effective teaching method across a variety of industries.

Video, as the primary form of education, can facilitate learning and improve collaboration. It can also increase student engagement and the teacher’s effectiveness. According to the American Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) annual teacher survey on media and technology, the majority of teachers believe that video is an effective great learning tool.

  • 68% believe that video stimulates discussions
  • 66% believe that video increases student motivation
  • 41% believe that video increases student achievement

We can observe this trend in the increasing popularity of MOOCs (massive online open courses). It is important that traditional educational providers such as colleges and universities keep up with the trend. Companies like edX and Coursera, for example have offered free online classes from top educational institutions like Stanford, Harvard and MIT.

Conclusion

If you are knowledgeable about a particular subject, why not share it with the world? Use the tools outlined above for live education broadcasting to a global viewership. Live streaming services like DaCast can help make this an easy and affordable reality for all kinds of broadcasters.

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Thanks for reading, and good luck with your live education broadcasting!

By Philline Managuelod.