Many educators have had to turn to live streaming as an absolute necessity to continue their students education. Luckily, Roland is here to help beginner’s get started, and create a professional live stream.
Roland released a great guide for teachers jumping into live streaming for the first time, and want to create a professional and engaging product. We’re going to take a look at some highlights from Roland’s guide, below.
The main questions education streamers should ask themselves are listed below.
- Do I need a video streaming hardware/software solution?
- What should my “Setup” be?
- How do I get started streaming to Facebook, YouTube & Zoom?
- What is the best streaming solution for me?
- What challenges should I be on the lookout for?
Do I Need a Video Streaming Hardware/Software Solution?
This all depends on what you need for your presentation. Some classes can be as simple as sending a PDF of the necessary materials, and being available via chat. But, if you need face to face interaction, or simply want to speak to your students all at once, you will need a setup that will allow you to do so. This is when you will need to delve into a streaming solution.
What should my setup be?
The simplest setup would involve streaming to Facebook directly from your phone. But, as you move further into streaming, you may want to share multiple camera views, or share your screen.
A basic switcher, and some simple cameras or cam corders can do wonders to step up your stream and make class more engaging for your online students.
An example of a streaming solution would be:
- One or two cameras
- Two Computers
- A microphone
- A small mixer with USB 3.0- like the Roland VR-1HD
- Sufficient lighting for a clear picture
Roland’s educator’s streaming guide also included a diagram of a simple streaming setup. Check it out, below.
Streaming to Facebook or YouTube & Zoom?
Choosing your streaming destination will again, vary depending on your students. If you want communication over video with your students, Zoom is likely the way to go. If you just want a lecture where your students can write in and you can respond live, Facebook Live or even YouTube may be your best destination.
What is the best streaming solution for me?
This will entirely depend on your experience level. If you’ve been streaming for a long time and are familiar with the process, then you are ready for more complex gear. If you are just starting out, then the simpler the solution the better. Some great Roland mixers will keep things simple, while still producing at a high quality.
Challenges to Watch Out For
When engaging in remote education, reliability is key. The stream must be delivered on time, which means you must be familiar with all of the variables involved in producing. With streaming, the best practice is to make sure you do everything the same way, every time. Always make sure to perform a test, in the same way you will produce your lesson.