Tucked away in the menu of Microsoft Stream is a live event broadcast feature. It’s easier to use than Microsoft Teams Live Events, is better integrated into your school’s Microsoft 365 services than Skype Meet Now, but still has a few quirks which you should probably be aware of. Let’s take a look to see if it’s something that you might want to use.
Since schools closed almost six weeks ago, I’ve been on the hunt for the best video meeting service, ideally within our school’s current Microsoft 365 ecosystem. With the demand for Zoom on the rise, I wanted to make sure that we had all the tools in our belt to meet the demand of distance learning.
As I wrote recently, Microsoft has a range of video meeting services currently available, each with a slightly different feature set, and none of which are completely perfect to meet the needs of a school. There’s Microsoft Teams, of course, but there’s also Teams Live Events, Skype, and Skype Meet Now, and I’ve now discovered Microsoft Stream Live Events.
What is Microsoft Stream Live Events?
Stream Live Events lets you broadcast a video stream to anyone (or everyone) within your school. It’s much easier to setup and manage than Teams Live Events, doesn’t require multiple people to run, and does much the same job. The only disadvantage is that Stream Live Events can’t be shared publicly, so you’re not going to be holding meetings with parents.
People joining your broadcast need to have a school account, but it’s perfect for school assemblies and larger presentations where you don’t want to have to worry about managing student microphones and cameras.
You can also take comments on videos, get analytics information, and share the recorded presentation afterwards with anyone that missed it. If you’d like to share it to a wider audience after the fact, you can always download the video and upload it to a public service such as YouTube or Vimeo.
How do you start a Microsoft Stream Live Event?
Starting a broadcast is really easy. Just open Microsoft Stream in a web browser, sign in with your school account, and click Create > Live Event. Within minutes you can be live streaming to students and staff.
The quirk I was talking about earlier, is that you need to install a software encoder to get the best video stream possible. This can cause problems is you are unable to install applications on your school computers.
If you use Stream Live Events, let me know how you get on.