What is Media CAST? 
MediaCAST is a open and inter-operable digital content management and streaming solution. It enables the integration of video and rich media with traditional teaching methods, creating an engaging 21st century digital learning environment. In the classroom and from home, users can access educational content live and on-demand, extending the learning day and allowing for differentiated instruction.

k12diagram2 What we do at MediaCAST (K 12 Schooling)

MediaCAST’s Digital Content Platform Diagram

How does it work?
The MediaCAST platform centralizes the storage of your existing media collections, user-generated content, and third party video libraries. Users can access all district media through a single easy-to-use web interface, from any computer or mobile device. Add-on modules let you expand capabilities easily, with less training and without increasing demand on IT staff. Users only have one interface to learn, and IT staff only have one system to support. Reliable and scale-able, the MediaCAST system has a solution for every size district. It can be deployed at one location or scaled to support hundreds of sites for the largest enterprise solution. By utilizing their WAN/LAN, MediaCAST helps districts add HD quality live broadcasting and on-demand streaming without increasing internet bandwidth demands. Off-site hosted services are available to accommodate online and distance learning programs and address bandwidth concerns.

A few of our recent Media Cast Installs

Government Agencies:
Adams County Sheriff’s Department
Inland Northwest Space Alliance
Prince George’s County City Council
Texas Workforce Commission
Weld County Human Services

Colleges and Universities:
Aims Community College, CO
California State University, Northridge, CA
Community College of S. Nevada, NV
Intellitec Colleges, CO
Kean University, NY
Laramie Community College, WY
New Mexico Junior College, NM
Sheridan College, WY
University of Harrisburg, PA
University of the Southwest, NM

K-12 Schools and Districts:
Ann Arbor School District, MI
Aurora School District, CO
Austin ISD, TX
Boulder Valley School District, CO
Breathitt County, KY
Center Grove Schools, IN
Central Indiana ESC, IN
Cherokee County Schools, GA
Chesapeake School District, VA
Chippewa School District, MI
Clear Creek ISD, TX
Clinton City Schools, NC
Cotulla ISD, TX
Dallas Independent Schools, TX
Decatur Community Schools, IN
Decatur Schools, IN
Enid Schools, OK
Evansville-Vanderburgh District, IN
Goshen School District, IN
Grape Creek ISD, TX
Gwinnett County Schools, GA
Highline School District, WA
Hillsborough School District, FL
Hobbs Municipal School District, NM
Houston County Schools, GA
Jackson County Schools, GA
Lake Dallas ISD, TX
Lakewood School District, OH
Leander ISD, TX
Lewis Palmer School District, CO
Louisa Schools, VA
Lovington Schools, NM
Madison Schools, GA
MSD of Pike Township, IN
Newton County Schools, GA
Northwest ISD, TX
Pike County Schools, GA
Plainfield Schools, IN
Richmond County Schools, GA
Science Park High School, NJ
Socorro ISD, TX
Warren County School District, VA
West Jefferson School District, OH
Western Heights Schools, OK
Wilson County Schools, TN
Winston-Salem School District, NC

remotes reduced Resources for Recorded ShowsTelevision can be a great resource for the classroom when used correctly. Many educational shows can easily be used in the classroom to expand upon topics already being covered. The trick is to find shows that both provide appropriate educational material and are available at the correct time.

Cable in the Classroom provides an easy solution to the first problem – finding content. Through their website, Cable in the Classroom provides information on upcoming shows including the subject, grade level and a short description as well as links to resources to aid in using the show in your classroom.

You can search for resources based on grade level, subject or resource type. A quick search for history videos turns up information on everything from the history of Thanksgiving to profiles on political leaders and important events in history.

Bonus for those schools with NBC Learn, Cable in the Classroom has links to resources specifically from NBC Learn.

As for finding TV content that is airing at right time to be used in the classroom, MediaCAST is here to help. With our IPTV add-on module, teachers are able to search a digital TV guide and select shows to record from anywhere with internet access. The recorded shows are then stored in MediaCAST and available for use in the classroom as needed.

It is important to note that TV shows are copyrighted and there are specific rules about recording them for use in the classroom, including how long recordings can be saved from the original air date. In order to help schools comply with copyright rules, MediaCAST includes a Copyright Compliance tool that allows schools to set criteria for uploading resources to MediaCAST as well as set expiration dates for all resources. Each district has their own set of rules regarding recording shows, so check with your district to find out their particular rules.

TeacherAtWhiteboard reduced Combine Lecture Capture and Smart Boards to Capture Interactive Lectures

Don’t loose all the interactivity of an interactive whiteboard. Use Lecture Capture to save it for review.

Do you use interactive white boards in your classroom? These boards have become popular because of their versatility. By being able to use them to display a computer screen or as an electronic white board, teachers are more easily able to share information with their classes. Additionally, students are able to interact with the content through the interactive white board.

Unfortunately, once the lesson is over, all the interactivities are lost forever. A lot of important information is often imparted through these interactive lessons. While the files used are saved, the learning experienced through the interactivity cannot be viewed again. However, there is a simple way to save these interactions: use Lecture Capture.

By using Lecture Capture to record what is going on at the white board, these memories can be saved indefinitely. Sometimes simply looking at a static file is not enough to jar the memory back to what was important. That’s where these recordings come in.

Record, save and share classroom interactions with students so that they may view them at a later time. This can be especially helpful when students are completing homework or studying for a test.

Alternatively, a special instructional video can be recorded demonstrating the task to be completed that day. This video can then be shown while students work, freeing you to walk around the classroom providing individual attention as needed.

One more solution is to record lesson summaries for absent students and those that need a refresher to watch. This allows students to keep up with class, even when they miss it, and keeps parents informed about classroom activities.

How often do you use an interactive white board? Have you ever recorded an interactive lesson?

graduation2 reduced Graduation Day: Share the Excitement by Broadcasting the CeremonyGraduation season is almost upon us and it’s time for all the excitement that goes along with it. Parents, students and school administration alike are excited to watch this year’s crop of students move to the next phase of life.

But what about family members that can’t be there in person to watch their student receive the diploma they worked so hard for? Don’t exclude them from the excitement simply because their schedule doesn’t allow them to travel to the ceremony. Instead, broadcast your school’s graduation ceremony over the internet.

With SportsCAST, wirelessly broadcasting live events has never been easier. SportsCAST works with the MediaCAST platform to broadcast to any device with internet access. It can even be used to broadcast board meetings, sporting events, musical performances and other events throughout the school year.

Don’t want just anyone watching your broadcasts? No problem.  Access to broadcasts can be restricted to internal users, password restricted or made available to everyone in the community.

Never let a scheduling conflict get in the way of watching a beloved student graduate again. Your student’s and their families will be thrilled.

Broadcasting events over the internet can also be a great way to allow parents with younger children watch their older child’s achievements (sports/music/dance) without having to worry about keeping the younger children in their seats the whole time. The older children can participate in their chosen activity knowing their parents are watching, even if they aren’t physically present.

Additionally, broadcasting sporting events, concerts and board meetings is a great way to get the community involved with your school, creating a stronger community bond.

To see how one school made an engaging graduation broadcast, read this post.

What events would you share with your community if you could broadcast events over the internet?