Why and how do you live stream?

There are many events and opportunities we have at TGS that others would benefit from. And if we are taking the connected learning approach, we WANT people to be engaging with these event and opportunities for the great benefits we would all share.

What is it called when you connect the outside world to an experience with media in real time?


To live stream is to make media truly social. You can live stream video and audio. Whatever the camera or microphone take in becomes translated into digital information that can be played elsewhere with only a minor delay.

Why would one live stream?

  • If you're aiming for the active engagement of a global audience...
  • If you would benefit from a global dialogue that expands from the stream's content or activity...
  • If you can publicize your event or opportunity in advanced to inform that global audience...
  • If you're able to support a live stream with adequate technology and a strong internet connection...
  • If you... well, you tell me! Comment on this page with why someone might live stream an experience.

TGS live streams events and experiences:

  • if it's a special event that call for the engagement of a global audience.
  • when the event or experience connects to the curriculum or learning goals of the year.
  • if it can be publicized in advance to attract as many interested parties.
  • when the situation can technically support it.

How can one live stream at TGS?

1. Talk to Lindsay about live streaming on behalf of TGS if you feel your experience fits most or all of the points above.

2. If you are live streaming for your class or for you, decide on which camera or microphone you will use. With the MacBook, you can use either the built-in web cam or plug in the conference cam to the USB port (and to a power source, of course). You can also use the iPad's built-in camera or the iPhone.

3. Decide which live streaming platform is right for this experience.

  • UstreamUstream’s web broadcast platform allows you to instantly go live with just a webcam and an internet connection. You can share and record your broadcasts and communicate with your followers in realtime via the Social Stream -- Ustream’s live chat module that syndicates comments to your viewer’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers. This one has mobile apps the enable streaming from anywhere with a wifi or 3G signal.
  • Justin.tvthe easiest way to create live video and show anyone in the world what's happening right now. Using only a laptop, you can share any live event, large or small, in over 250 countries. Your viewers can connect and chat in real-time, powered by one of the world's largest chat server.
  • Google Hangouts: stream your Hangout On Air publicly on Google+, your YouTube channel, and your website. You don't need special software to record your conversation. Every Hangout On Air is automatically saved to your YouTube account. Once your Hangout On Air is over, it’s easy to keep the conversation going. The recording will be available on Google+ and on your YouTube channel.

4. Publicize the live stream with as much advance notice as you can. Write a blog about it and how people can participate. Create an event on Facebook to which you can invite many people or leave open. Tweet about it, capitalizing on popular hashtags or writing to specific trendsetters. Create your own hashtag for the event to spark a dialogue and a following before it even happens!

Have any questions? Write them in the comments below or email me at lclark@thinkglobalschool.com!