District and Campus-Wide Deployments
In this article, we cover setting up a district-wide captioning, note-taking and translation system, as well as give you tips for management of the system. This is easy to do, especially since we’ll configure it for you. We have all sorts of tools that automate the process, so we’re happy to provide this service to you for no additional charge. For any questions, send a Streamer message to @Streamer-Admin, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +1-507-645-8924.
Configuring your District-Wide System
It’s common for schools to start with a single Streamer™ room with the idea of supporting just one student, and then to quickly move to more students, and eventually to support every student in the school. Everyone benefits from having always-available unlimited captioning, note-taking and translation services. You can implement a district-wide system at a monthly cost of around 10 cents per student (that’s not a misprint) - the more students you have, the lower the price. This gives every student and staff member access to unlimited captioning, translation, and note-taking services throughout the year, anytime and as often as desired. And, when you do this, we’ll set up everything for you. We’ll create all the teacher and student accounts. Assign rooms to schools and to teachers. Perform all the /allow commands for you. Set up your preferred Phrase categories and Welcome messages. We’ll send each person information on their account and how it’s used, and of course host training sessions for your staff. It’s all included in your price, which again is about 10 cents per month per student. Here’s more information on how your configuration will work:
District-Wide Admin Accounts
These accounts have access to all the rooms in your entire district. They can be used to set all permissions and security protocols. You will use these accounts to monitor usage in each school and reassign Streamer rooms to other locations as desired. As with any Streamer account, you can use them from any computer at any time in any location.
School-Wide Admin Accounts
Each school in your district also has at least one Admin account. By default, these accounts can only access the Streamer Rooms associated with that school. They do not see all the rooms in the entire district, just ones that have been assigned to their school.
Staff Member Accounts
Each staff member receives their own account and personal Streamer room. This includes each teacher, as well as other staff members such as school administration, cafeteria workers, media center, custodial staff, everyone is included. If you have a district-wide account management system, something like Classlink, we’ll integrate all your Streamer accounts into that system.
If you want, we will also create an account for each student and do this every year, deleting old accounts as students leave and graduate and adding new ones for incoming students. As students move to new buildings (e.g., from Middle School to High School), we’ll automatically reassign these accounts to their new teachers. Again, you can do this yourselves, or we’ll do it for you and do it at no additional cost. To do this, we will need access to the student names and their teachers’ names. We of course keep that data confidential and once the data is processed we delete it.
Managing your District-Wide Deployment
In addition to the above, where we will do most of your configuring and maintenance, here are a few ways Streamer™ makes it easy to manage and scale a district-wide deployment that meets your district’s evolving captioning, translation and communication needs.
There are no installs. Performing installs and updates can be a huge task for IT departments to undertake. With Streamer™ that’s not needed, it's a website, so there are no installation or version controls to manage. Users simply go to the website; that’s all it takes. You can be assured that all your students are using the same updated version at the same time. This greatly simplifies wide area deployments.
Students can access Streamer™ from almost any device. There are no concerns with operating system compatibility, minimum CPU or RAM specifications, or replacing a license that’s tied to a laptop that has gotten broken or lost. Again, because Streamer™ is a website it can be accessed anywhere on almost any system with the same user interface.
There are no limits to the number of users. For schools it can be very difficult to purchase the right amount of software licenses to meet the needs of the district. And, when you install a purchased license on a computer it can be difficult to move that license to another platform. With Streamer™, you have an unlimited number of User Accounts and those accounts are never tied to any specific device. A student can use the same login on a laptop, tablet and smartphone – no limits.
Streamer™ easily scales to meet the needs of your district. Each subscription you add to your account gives you another Room that is included in the Lobby of your Streamer™ website. These rooms can be assigned to a specific student, to an area within the school (such as the cafeteria or media center), or for a specific purpose (such as captioning morning announcements and all-school assemblies). In addition, you can create an unlimited number of user accounts - one for every student if you like - as well as shared accounts to support school-wide events. You can do this anywhere, at any time, using your Admin account.
Privacy and security are important. Student data privacy requirements are becoming more important and increasingly difficult to manage. If you lock teachers and students out of their computers they have to come to you with every request for new installations and updates, and if you give them too much access then viruses and corrupt disk images are sure to follow. With Streamer™, it’s not an issue. All data is encrypted in all directions, and your Admin account gives you complete control over all access and usage permissions. For example, you can configure a student’s User Account to only see the single room they can use, or you can configure a room that is available to any student when they enter a specific area (such as the media center). You set permissions according to your preference, such as the ability to download transcripts. You specify the settings for each individual room, or use global commands to change the settings for all your rooms. In short, because it is a complete web-based solution, Streamer™ makes it easy to configure security and privacy that is in complete compliance with your district policy.
Your Admin Lobby shows the activity of all your rooms. You can easily monitor which rooms are being used at any given time, and by how many people. This makes it easy to see if some rooms (e.g. shared rooms) are in constant use, indicating that a new one should be added, and also to notice if a given room is not being used and that it can potentially be redeployed to another student.
The included private messaging feature makes tech support easy to track and use. If a user has a question, they can send the IT department a private message directly within Streamer™. Those messages are saved in the IT’s Streamer™ notification page for processing. The support team’s reply then goes straight to the user as a private message that is also stored in their notification page. There’s no need for support emails with multiple threads, nor tracking phone messages. All the messaging and support can be done within Streamer™ itself. Your Admin account gives you complete control over all your rooms. With your Admin account you can monitor how all the rooms are being used, if they’re occupied by someone and, if so, by whom and how often. Here are some commands you can use to manage your rooms:
- The /broadcast msg command posts a message to all your rooms and to everyone with a User Account. It’s an easy way to notify every student and/or teacher of an upcoming event or a new configuration that you’re deploying. You can also tailor the command to send a broadcast message to just a specific group of users and rooms, such as all users in the high school or just everyone that uses Streamer's language translation features.
- The /allow @user command gives that account access to the room, /unallow @user removes that access, and /allowed lists all of the Users that currently have access to the room.
- The /addowner @user command gives that account permission to invite others into the room, /removeowner @user takes the key away from them, and /owners lists all the accounts that currently have ownership.
- The /kick @user command temporarily kicks a User out of the room. This is just temporary, they can go back into the room later.
- The /setentry no command lets users set a temporary Do Not Disturb sign on their room. This makes it easy for a single room to be shared by multiple users. People can use this when they’re holding a private meeting where others should not be able to view the transcript. When this is set, no one else can enter the room unless they first knock on the door (by using the /knock #room command) and they are then let in. Note that when the last person leaves the room, the /setentry yes command is automatically run which reopens the room.
- The /autoclear command is a powerful feature used to control access to transcripts. You can use this command to set a specific time interval in which the transcript will always clear (e.g., every 10 minutes, every hour, etc.), a specific time of day when the transcripts in the rooms will be cleared (e.g., at 2AM each morning), the maximum length of the transcript (e.g., clear each time a new sentence is spoken), and/or to automatically erase all transcripts when the last person leaves a Streamer™ room. The last feature is especially popular, as it ensures that someone does not accidentally leave a transcript in a Room when they’re finished holding their meeting. See the Streamer online manual for a complete description on how to use the /autoclear function.
Questions and Suggestions
As always, if you have any questions, just let us know and we'll be glad to help. And especially if you have any ideas for new features that you’d like added, let us know that as well. The best way to reach us it to type @Streamer-Admin into the command bar followed by your message. You can also send an email to email@example.com or give us a call at 507-645-8924.
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