We think Microsoft Stream is pretty great but today it got even better by adding the ability to record your screen and create screen casts.
Previously you had to use a different tool (like Teams) to record your screen and this created some workflow issues (like how to make sure your students didn’t pop in on you while recording.) We had recommended using this process and it worked pretty well.
Now though, you can just create your screen recordings right inside of Stream and not have to deal with uploading, and sharing is a little bit easier too.
Basically, all you have to do is log into Stream, choose Create and then choose Record Screen. This will open up a dialogue box that will let you set your camera and microphone before giving you some options for what screen or window you want to record (it even gives you the option to choose an open tab.)
And you can include a thumbnail video of yourself if you want.
That’s all fine and dandy, but what is really cool is that the video is stored in Stream and is set to be viewable only by you. What that means is that you have full control over how and when you want to share it since it’s not sitting in a group immediately viewable by the members of that group (or mirror team.) You can choose to make it available company-wide if you want or you can go into the details of the video and add groups when you are ready.
So now you can get your masterpiece just right and then have granular control over how and when you share it with the world.
If you are working in a multi-team scenario (e.g.- you have three teams of U.S. History) you can record your awesome presentation and get it just right. Then when you are ready, all you need to do is go in and add those U.S. History Groups (so the video is available to the mirror teams) and then grab the share link to drop it in those U.S. History teams (or you can add it to a channel shared with those teams and save a little copy and paste action.)
Check out my sample screen video below and get a quick Teams tip while you’re there (you’ll have to log into Office 365)