Budgets are no doubt the biggest hurdles when it comes to broadcasting in schools. Traditional equipment like cameras, switchers and encoders can cost an arm and a leg, especially for schools that are focused on core curriculums and other electives. But one of the most important utilities in K-12 schools is the morning announcement, which typically requires a bit of investing to do.
So how can schools with strict budgets still provide a broadcasting system to their students?
Searching for A Solution
River Trail School in Gurnee, IL tackled the same question when searching for a way to launch their daily morning announcement program. Tammie Diana, Technology Teacher at the school, was tasked with creating the program from scratch.
“The principal had been trying to get a morning announcement program for a couple years, but never really had the time or money,” Ms. Diana explained. “When we finally created a broadcasting course, we needed gear that was both inexpensive and could get the job done. That’s when we stumbled upon Live:Air Action.”
What Is Live:Air Action?
Live:Air Action is a free iPad app that can do live switching, effects, and streaming all in one. It captures video using the iPad’s built-in back camera, allows for adding custom graphics, and can even roll pre-recorded footage from the camera’s video roll. If you have other iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), they can also be used as remote cameras which allows Live:Air Action to do a multicam production.
The whole app is integrated with all major live streaming platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Ustream, Twitch etc. Once the students are ready, simply choose a destination and Live:Air Action is good to go.
How Does River Trail School Use It?
Morning broadcasts are 100% student prepared and published. “Students arrive early in the morning every day to take emails from the district that need to be announced to the whole school. They write the program for the day and prepare a script for the student announcer to read,” said Ms. Diana.
The iPad is placed on a tripod, with a student ready to control the switching functions on Live:Air Action. Once ready, they use the iPad’s back camera to capture video and a microphone for audio (connected to iPad via Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter). The feed is live streamed directly to the school’s YouTube channel, which every teacher tunes into from their classrooms and projects the feed onto the classroom Smartboard....[continue reading]