You need a Team to do that

So yesterday I mentioned about using Teams to do Screencasts – you can see that blog post by clicking here.  Here’s a brief run-down of the process.
When you’re in the Teams application, either as a reply to a message, or a brand new conversation, click on the MEET NOW button.  It looks like a little video camera.

You’ll get Teams Meeting popping up… you’ll be doing a call, but of course, there’s no one on the other end.  Type in a Subject — I’d choose the Course, Textbook, page and question number if it’s applicable, otherwise some combination of curriculum standard.

Click on MEET NOW to being the meeting. 
We want to start recording in order to get the video part of the screencast.  Click on the 3-dot menu button and choose START RECORDING.  (It says “Preview” because recording is still in pretty active development — see below).  The recording has now started and you’ll see the red icon in the upper right of the screen.

Now, you’re going to share your OneNote application.  Of course, before you started this process you opened your OneNote to the page you want to work on, with the question ready to go! Cuz you’re prepared like that.  Click on the box with the arrow on it and then click on DESKTOP.  You can just choose one application but I find I always want to end up showing something besides OneNote.

It’s your time to shine! Go through the problem solution, using #digitalink to make all the math you want.  You can also do anything else at the same time… use Desmos, WolframAlpha, GeoGebra, … everything on your screen is getting recorded into the screencast video.  While you’re recording, there’s a control panel in the lower right of the screen. 

When you’re done with your screencast (try to keep it to 3 to 5 minutes… click here for some great research on how long people will put up with your videos) click on the little control panel and you’ll be brought back into the Teams call and you can then turn off the Recording by clicking on the 3-dot menu and turning that off.

Then you can hang up the call, which also turns off screen sharing at the same time.  Or you can click on the box with the x in it to shop sharing and set up to do another screen recording.

Hanging up brings you back into Teams proper… and your video is put online into the Microsoft streaming service “Stream” (they went all out with names, eh?  Teams for a team app and Stream for a streaming app).  It usually takes a couple of minutes before it is ready to be displayed.  You can see why you want to give your “meeting” a title … it names the message and the video with that name.

Now, it’s available to everyone in the Channel!  Click to play.

It’s also available on the Microsoft Stream service.  If you click on the 3-dot menu you can either open it up in the full Stream website or you can get a link to share elsewhere, so you’re doing double duty.  The only restriction is that Stream is only available to Office365 users on your network.

Now, the “preview” part…what’s coming shortly down the pipe for these screencasts is not only automatic captioning in these videos, but also automatic translation of the audio, background blur if you’re recording yourself in your home office or classroom and a whole bunch of other little improvements. So stayed tuned!

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