Sharing a Video

While it's not possible to upload or host a video directly in Transparent Classroom, this article will show you how you can embed a video in a lesson description, on the [Activity Page] or an article on the [Home] page so that you can share the video with parents. You can even share a video with just one family directly on a child's [Profile]. For an overview with Katrina, you can watch this video:

Embedding YouTube Video in Transparent Classroom


Host the Video as "Unlisted" on YouTube

First, you'll need to upload and host the video on YouTube. You can do this by uploading your video and marking it as "Unlisted" so that it's not searchable and only someone with the exact URL can access it. 

Copy the shareable link provided by YouTube and head back to Transparent Classroom.


Share a Video with Parents or Staff

If you haven't already check out this article about adding "School Info on the [Home] page. Navigate to the [Home] page and click [Add] next to "School Info". Name your content, and choose "Create an article for parents or staff", or "Link to a webpage" and then click [Create].

If you've chosen to add the video directly as a link, you can just paste the shareable link from YouTube here and save.

If you're creating an "article" where you can share information or more than one video, you can add/edit the body of the article by typing directly into the text box and using the buttons at the top to add special formatting, links, pictures, videos, and links to other school info.

To add a video, click this icon.

You can also type the following formatting: 

youtube. paste your link here

It should look like this: 

And once you click [Save], you'll see what parents or staff see when they log in and access the video:


Add a Video to a Lesson Description

Lesson descriptions can be a great resource for parents, especially if your school is transitioning to learning at home. If you haven't already, check out our video tutorial about customizing lessons.

Go to [Lessons] and click a lesson's name to open the editing window. Even though you won't see the small video icon, you can embed the video directly into the lesson description by typing "youtube. " followed by your link. Don't forget the space after the period, but before your link. 


Share a Video with Just One Child's Parents

You can also upload a video into a "Document" on a child's [Conference Reports] page so that only their family can access it. To do this, go to the child's [Profile] > [Conference Reports] and click [Add Document]. Add the video using the same formatting as above.


"But what if my video isn't hosted on YouTube?"

You can still embed video that is not hosted on YouTube, however, it looks just a bit different. Instead of placing a link, you need to get the embed code for the video and past it in the article or lesson description where you want the video.

To find the embed code for a video look for the share button. This may look different depending on what video hosting site you're using. It could be a paper airplane icon, three dots in a triangle joined by two lines, or just under a menu dropdown. Usually, if you hover over the the icon it will say "Share". Click on this icon and copy the Embed code. It will  look something like this: 

<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/76979871" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/76979871">The New Vimeo Player (You Know, For Videos)</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/staff">Vimeo Staff</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> 

Copy and paste the entire thing into your article. That's it, you're done! 

Pro Tip: If you want to change the size of the video player, edit the width and height numbers (like you would in a photo - see the section "What to do if your photo is too big" in Adding Photos to School Info).


Questions?

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