|Welcome to Streamer™
Streamer™ is a private and secure website you'll use to provide captioning and translations for conversations, classroom lectures, announcements, meetings, plus a lot more. These can be conversations happening on your school campus, with someone in a remote location such as their home, or a combination of both situations. No matter what the situation is, you will always use Streamer pretty much the same way. Here's a short overview video on how it works
(for captions, click the “CC” icon and if they’re going too fast, slow the playback speed to 75%).
The Lobby of your website shows the rooms that you have requested. This may be a single room just for you, or a large number of rooms used to support everyone in your district. Think of each Streamer room as being a classroom or meeting room, with the exception that there are no limits to the number of people that can join in on the conversation. You may have just one person joining you for a private conversation, or a family in an IEP meeting, a classroom full of students, or an entire student body attending an all-school assembly.
The way others join you in your room is with a User Account. To ensure student privacy, all accounts need to have a password. This may be a private account created specifically for a person (such as a teacher), or a shared account multiple people will use (such as parents attending an open house presentation). User accounts are completely free, they’re easy to create, and you can have as many as you want. We’ll show you how to do that in a moment.
And one more note. Because Streamer is a website, it works with almost any device that can connect to the Internet including iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Chromebooks, laptops, desktops and tablets, and your account works the same on any platform – same login, same interface. So it’s fine to use Streamer on a desktop computer, then move to a tablet, or a phone, with Streamer, it’s always the same.
Let’s Get Started
And here are the written instructions.
Here are three videos that describe our recommendations for using Streamer in classroom settings. You can choose to simply watch these videos, or follow the steps below, or of course do both.
- Step 1: Download the Streamer Quick Start Guide by clicking here.
- Step 2: Sign in to Streamer™ by opening a Chrome browser window, going to www.streamer.center and entering your account information. This places you in the Lobby, which contains all your Streamer™ rooms. Each additional subscription that you order adds another room to your Lobby.
- Step 3: Step into Your Captioning and/or Translation Room by clicking on the Room name.
- Step 4: Start Captioning your Speech by clicking on the microphone icon in the lower left corner. If Streamer™ asks for permission to access your microphone, say yes.
Create your First Streamer User Account
User Accounts are way you share your room(s) with others. They are free and easy to create. You will most likely want to create personal accounts for members of your staff, and shared accounts that students and/or parents will use to view (and hear) the captioning in their desired language.
Here’s a Video
- Personal Accounts: This is an account made for a specific person, such as a teacher or perhaps a student that is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
- Shared Accounts: This is an account multiple people can use to view the captioning or translation. For example, everyone attending a school open house (both in-person and remotely) can log into the same shared account to view a captioning of the presentation.
that goes into more detail on sharing creating user accounts, or read the steps below. If you have just a few accounts to create you will most likely want to do that on your own. If you have a lot of accounts to create, let us do that for you
. It's a completely free service. Just contact us for details. As always, if you have any questions, just let us know and we will be glad to help.
Step 1: Create the Guest Account
- Open a Chrome browser window, go to www.streamer.center and click the Login button. If you see the login form shown below, then skip to Step 3.
- If the above step automatically logs you into your Lobby, then exit Streamer by clicking the Sign Out arrow (located in the upper right corner of the screen), and then click on the Login button.
- To create the new account, click the Create One link. Account names cannot have any spaces, a common format to use is firstname.lastname or schoolname-Guest. The Email Address is only used if the person forgets their password and it needs to be reset, and the Preferred Voice is used for speech generation (e.g., for spoken translation of conversation or a non-verbal person who is using Streamer to speak for them).
Step 2: Give the Account Permission to Use Your Room
If you are currently logged into Streamer using the account you just created, logout (click on the sign-out arrow located in the upper right-hand corner of the interface), and re-login using your Admin
account. Then from the Lobby
click on your Room
to enter it and type the following commands where user
is the name of the new account. Note that each command starts with a forward slash, like this /
, and each user account starts with an ampersand, like this @
. These special characters let Streamer™ know you're entering a command or user account instead of plain text.
- /allow @user This gives the account permission to see and enter your room.
- /makesuper @user This optional command gives the account extra features they can use, such as changing their password. You will use this for most personal accounts.
- /makenormal @user This is the opposite of the /makesuper command. Use the /makenormal command to limit users to only being able to view the captioning – it removes the microphone and text entry box. You’ll use this for most shared accounts.
- /setdownload @user yes This optional command lets the user download a copy of the transcript.
- /setclear @user yes This optional command lets the person clear the transcript.
- /addowner @user This optional command gives the person permission to invite others into the room and to set room permissions. This is typically done for most personal accounts, but it's completely optional.
All the commands can be viewed by clicking on the help menu, which is the ?
near the upper right-hand corner of the Streamer™ interface.
Additional Tips and Help
Here are some additional tips we recommend you share with others:
For More Information
- Create Command Shortcuts: You can easily create shortcuts for commands you commonly use, such as /allow and /clear. Here’s a video showing how to do this.
- For Technical Help the best way to reach us is by typing @Streamer-Admin message into the text bar at the bottom of the Streamer™ display, where message is the question. Look for the answer in your Notifications page (see Item "B" in the Quick Start Guide).
- Create a Desktop Shortcut: Just click on the icon and you’ll be placed directly in your room, no need to open a browser and login. To do this, go to the Chrome Settings Menu, select the More Tools option and then Create Shortcut. Here’s a video showing the steps.
- You can change the font size by clicking on the Chrome Settings Menu (the three dots in the upper right-hand corner) and zooming in on the webpage.
- Download Transcripts by clicking on the Streamer Settings menu (see Item "G" in the Quick Start Guide).
- Have Streamer™ ask where to save transcripts. By default, transcripts are saved to the user's Downloads folder. To change this, on the person's computer open the Chrome Settings menu, click on Settings, then Advanced (it’s at the very bottom of the screen) and in the Downloads section select Ask where to save each file before downloading. Now each time they save a transcript Streamer™ asks which folder to use. If you are doing this for a student, it is recommended that you create a desktop folder called Transcripts that contains a separate folder for each of their classes (e.g. History, Math, Chemistry, etc.). The student then saves the classroom lecture and notes to the appropriate folder.
- To Clear the Transcript, simply type /clear into the text bar. There is no undo command, and we never store any backups of any of your data. Your data is yours alone, we do not make any copies or save any records. When you clear a transcript, it's gone forever.
- Show/hide the right side panel by clicking on the Streamer Settings menu(see Item "G" in the Quick Start Guide).
- Let Us Create All Your Accounts. We do that as a free service. We are happy to create accounts for all your staff and students. Just contact us for details as to the information we need.
, click on the ?
in the upper right corner of the Streamer™ interface to see the complete set of commands that you can use. Also, several short tutorial videos on using Streamer™ can be viewed by clicking here.
For Additional Information
If you have any questions contact us by typing @Streamer-Admin
in the Streamer™ text box followed by your question (this is the way to get the quickest response), by sending an email to email@example.com
or by calling +1-507-645-8924.