Showing posts with label livestream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label livestream. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Birdcams for Spring Observations

We have robins and finches nesting in the hanging plants on our porch and in the eave of our garage. This morning when I let our dogs out at 4:45 all of the birds were still in their nests with their little heads poking up to see what all of the commotion was about. Yes, the birds make a mess by the time summer arrives but we enjoy seeing the birds rear their young. 

If you'd like to observe nesting birds and or have your students do the same, you can do so through the webcam streams hosted on At this time of the year you'll find livestreams of ospreys, eagles, owls, and more hosted on and its corresponding YouTube channel

Applications for Education
Birds aren't the only animals featured in the Explore webcams, they just stand out right now because the rest of the year the nests will be empty. Your students can certainly explore all of the other webcams on Explore that feature polar bears, tigers, goats, and many other mammals. All of the webcam feeds have a little pop-up menus that contain more information about the animals featured in the feeds. All videos can be streamed via YouTube or the Explore website. I kind of like just having the owl webcam on as soothing background noise, students might like that too.

This post originally appeared on If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

How to Quickly Create a Livestream on YouTube

YouTube used to have a built-in option for creating a video with the webcam built into your laptop. That feature went away a couple of years ago. Now it's back in a new form. You can now create a livestream on YouTube right from your laptop just like you can on a mobile phone.

Here are the steps to create a livestream on YouTube:
  • Sign into your YouTube account (Google account).  
  • Go to to launch a livestream. 
  • You can make your livestream public or unlisted. 
  • You can allow live comments from the audience or disable that feature. 
  • When you have completed your livestream it will be saved in your YouTube account. 
  • Go to the Creator Studio in your YouTube account to edit your recorded livestream by trimming the beginning and end, enhancing the audio, or enhancing the lighting in your video. 

If you have never used your YouTube account before, you will need to verify your account through either an email or text message before you can use the new livestreaming option.

Applications for Education
YouTube's updated livestreaming option could be used to easily broadcast and record live review sessions for your students much like my pal, Tom Richey, does for his AP students.

Monday, December 18, 2017

I Livestreamed How to Handle Stolen Blog Posts

In what seems to be a biweekly occurrence, this afternoon I had to deal with a blog that was republishing my blog posts in their entirety without my permission and in full violation of my copyright rights. I was rather aggravated about the situation. Rather than just fuming and venting on Twitter (I did some of that) I tried to turn it into a teaching opportunity. So I opened up the the YouTube app on my Android phone and livestreamed the process that I go through every time I find a blog that is stealing my work. To my surprise more than sixty people joined the stream to see the process. If you missed it, you can watch the recording as embedded below followed by the resolution that I received about fifteen minutes later.

If you cannot see the videos, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.