Several times requests come in from teachers looking to share live video online of chick eggs hatching in their classroom, so that children can watch whenever they wish the progress of hatching chicks.
This contributes to understanding of life processes as part of the curriculum in science, and health & wellbeing.
To share the progress outwith the classroom schools can periodically simply take photographs and upload these with short descriptions of oberserved activity to the school website, class blog or via a school, class (or indeed specific project) Twitter account. If the school has a Twitter account they can also periodically share recorded videos by using Twitter’s facility to share short videos.
Schools looking to broadcast livestream video as it happens can do the following:
Set up a webcam connected to a PC pointed at the chicks (ensuring it is not pointing towards any classroom activity and that no sound will be broadcast).
Ensure a request has been made in plenty of time to the school’s ICT support engineers to remove the named computer which will be used from any automatic shutdown in the evening (this process is used to help conserve energy) – otherwise the PC will automatically shutdown at a set time every evening.
Ensure you log into the PC with an account which may get access to streaming media – as a pupil account may not get access to streaming media.
Sign up for an account from a service such as Livestream at http://www.livestream.com/guide/livetv or http://twitcam.livestream.com/ (makes use of the class or school Twitter account) – these provides html embed code. Many streaming video services use ads to keep it free for users. The school would need to decide whether the inclusion of ads was acceptable to the school, or opt for a paid-for premium version to avoid the inclusion of advertisements.
The embed code can be added to the school website. Alternatively a simple link to the Livestream can be added to the website. Note that if your school decides to opt for a free live streaming account it would be recommended adding text above or below where the embedded video (or link) appears on the school website advising that there are ads and that the school and local authority can take no responsibility for the content of these advertisements. Click here to see the use of Live video streaming by a primary school for egg hatching.
It may also be helpful to add images and short comments on the school Twitter account to show progress and link to the livestream each time.