Key Features

Remote and Blended Learning with Planet eStream

Discover the key areas in which Planet eStream can assist educators and students with effective tools to support their blended and remote learning strategy.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a huge impact on educational organisations globally. Remote learning has been a priority over recent months as organisations have developed impact mitigation strategies. Ongoing, attention is now focussed on developing a robust digital blended learning provision.

Planet eStream is already in use by many organisations to support their blended learning, providing a secure platform for educators to easily share their digital learning resources with students both in and out of the classroom.

Below we have highlighted how Planet eStream can be an essential tool within your ongoing blended and remote learning strategy. For those that would like to learn more and see these features in action, we have included links to focussed videos and webinars, alternatively you can book a demonstration with one of our product specialists here

Create Streamlined Learning Resources

Planet eStream includes several key tools for teachers to create their own digital learning resources. These include...

  • Simple upload of their own video content
  • Adding questions and quizzes to videos
  • Creating chapters
  • Editing videos
Using Broadcast TV and Radio Content to Create Learning Resources

Educators can record TV and radio programmes from over 80 channels and have unlimited access to our Connect Archive – this archive includes over 2 million programmes, including direct access to The BBC Digital and Shakespeare Archives.

This provides educators with a vast source of high-quality content to use for digital learning. In addition, the creative tools covered in the section above can be used to tailor and align programmes to the curriculum for students.

Watch a 2 Minute Overview About Our TV and Radio Resources
Record Lectures and Lessons and Make Them Available on Demand

The built-in Web Recorder feature in Planet eStream provides a simple and powerful recording tool. Educators can record from their own screen, webcam/camera, or both simultaneously, using the ‘Picture-in-Picture’ function. These videos are automatically converted and uploaded to Planet eStream so they can be shared with students.

Supporting Video Courses:

Planet eStream In Action

These short video clips have been created by members of the Planet eStream community, providing a great insight into the ongoing impact of a unified media platform on digital strategy, across all levels of education.

Macmillan Academy

Iain McKeown

Truro & Penrith College

Drew Hanchett

School of Business and Technology, University of Gloucestershire

Robert Whitehouse

Glasgow School of Art

Correy Murphy

Grimsby Institute

Heather Hannah


Bob Usher

City College Norwich

Chris Boon

Eton College

Anna Kempster

Create a Virtual Class

This fantastic tool enables educators to present and discuss video content with their class remotely.

Educators can choose the video content they want to present and control playback for students. The built-in chat box adds a great collaborative tool, enabling two-way communication between educators and students.

Planet eStream Virtual Classes can also be embedded into other learning platforms and setup within Microsoft Teams.

Supporting Video Courses:
Live Stream Lectures and Lessons

Live streaming is simple to set up and there are no proprietary hardware requirements, meaning educators can get started quickly using inexpensive equipment like webcams. Viewers can also interact with live streamed lessons by typing questions. Live streams can then be uploaded to your Planet eStream platform after your live stream for on-demand viewing; interactions are also retained as timecode linked marker points.

Create Interactive Resources

Educators can use the Quiz Editor tool available in the platform to add interactive elements to videos they have uploaded or TV programmes they have added. Interactive elements include annotations, drawings, links and quiz questions. This tool enables the creation of great curriculum aligned learning resources, and educators can track quiz results and progress via detailed analytics.

Take A Sample Quiz Here
Safely Distribute YouTube Content

During times of enforced remote learning, concerns around students accessing resources via YouTube persist, especially given that they are not necessarily protected by your organisation’s security and filtering systems whilst studying at home.

Planet eStream offers a secure solution to this issue by providing access to high quality educational TV and radio resources, available for use legitimately under the terms of your ERA licence. There is also a really useful YouTube embed tool, enabling teachers to continue to use selected content that may only be available on YouTube, whilst ensuring that delivery to students is more secure and controlled via your eStream platform.

Supporting Video Courses:
Track Student Activity

As a secure video platform, access, viewing and user activity can be tracked. Interactive videos also enable educators to monitor student activity when watching and working through videos that include interactive elements.

Sharing Resources by Embedding Content in Your Learning Platform

Planet eStream provides many methods for sharing content. As standard, any media can be shared really easily using built-in share links and embed codes. We also provide many integrations with leading learning platforms; these enable educators to simply embed their video-based learning resources into their course pages. Supported integrations include; Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft One Note and many more...

Discover More About Our Microsoft Teams App
Supporting Video Courses:
Student Uploads

With Planet eStream, your students can upload their own content securely. Student uploads can be handled differently by adding moderation or restricting availability of the content to just the student and their educators.

Learn More About the Key Benefits that Planet eStream Offers Students

The use of Planet eStream to deliver remote learning is becoming part of the new normal. As a technology manager within our trust, I have long been aware of both the power and technology available within the platform. The current situation (COVID-19) has seen a huge increase for the need to deliver remote learning that is both meaningful and engaging. Teaching staff requests for lesson recording support have increased tenfold; without a platform such as Planet eStream, our technology support staff would have been overwhelmed with work, thus slowing down the output of content to students.

However, our teachers are now recording and uploading engaging and powerful lessons to our eStream platform. Importantly this content can then be shared safely with our students, both ensuring safeguarding and protecting the intellectual property of the respective lessons.

In summary we have found the following tools to be super useful at this time:

  • Remote uploading
  • Creating recordings – teachers can record both a camera feed alongside their teaching material e.g. PowerPoint
  • Creating video-based quizzes

In coming weeks we are also moving from our current locally hosted Planet eStream platform to the cloud based solution. With this comes new features, such as the virtual classroom which we can’t wait to pilot.

Iain McKeown - Creative and Media at Macmillan Academy, Part of the Endeavour Academies Trust

Access Planet eStream from Anywhere

The Planet eStream Cloud Platform provides users with around-the-clock access to resources from both in the classroom and at home. We also offer many directory integration options, making access to Planet eStream really straight forward, as educators and students can use their standard username and password to gain access.

As you can see, Planet eStream is an incredibly feature-rich platform that can support blended and remote learning in many different ways. With over 25 years’ experience dedicated to working with educational organisations, we understand that every school, college or university is subtly different, and every teacher or lecturer has their own unique ideas and approaches. We have built a platform and a team of people to support that diversity and help it to thrive. We are committed to ongoing development of a flexible and scalable platform that supports evolving technologies and promotes innovation from educators in creating their own digital learning resources. All integrated tools are simple-to-use, making it so easy for educators to create resources that support and compliment their individual teaching style, both in and out of the classroom.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team or, alternatively you can book a demonstration with one of our product specialists here

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