Bursley Elementary has a guest and that guest number will grow very soon.
A mother Robin has built her nest on the window ledge outside of one of the rooms. At the request of Principal Rané Garcia, I have configured a livestream of the nest. Below is the “live” video. It actually has about a 40 second delay, but we will call it “live”. Here is a link to the livestream in case it is not showing below.
Because this setup utilizes a free Ustream account, you will see occasional ads pop up. Such is the price of FREE. Be aware, I don’t have any control over the ads that appear, so use with caution when viewing with younger kids. I encourage you to mute your computer when viewing.
I had not set up a livestream system before, so I used this as a teaching/learning moment for me and my son, Matt. We worked together to figure this out. Here is what we used for the livestream setup.
- 1 digital camcorder
- 1 tripod
- 1 MacBook
- Ustream Producer software
Using a firewire cable, we connected the camera to the computer. We have the camera running on camera mode, plugged into electrical power.
I downloaded and installed Ustream Producer. Producer is software that is necessary to broadcast the video. A Ustream account is required to stream the video.
When you launch Ustream Producer, you are prompted to log in to your account. Once you do, you choose a few settings and click on Broadcast. I chose not to record this event as it will be running over the next several weeks, but it is possible to record your event for future viewing.
Since JPS teachers have access to Discovery Education, here is an added resource for you to enhance the Robin viewing and learning experience.
- Login to your Discovery Education account.
- Click on this Discovery Education link. This will take you to a specific page within Discovery that has materials for Robins as well as other birds.
- Click on the “More To Explore” tab. Here you will find more images, videos, reading passages (with audio support) and quizzes.
- Add any/all of these resources to YOUR Discovery “My Content” and assign to your students for school and at home viewing.
Spring is alive in Michigan!
This post has been cross-posted at my other blog, jpstechnology.blogspot.com.