With the autumn colours and dark nights now upon us, talk of the festive season is already on people’s lips.  Much like Santa’s elves, we’ve been eagerly making our own preparations for Xmas which will culminate in the launch of an exciting new Portal feature, with a ‘go live’ in our Christmas release.

We are delighted to announce that from Christmas My School Portal will include an enhanced technology solution, delivered in partnership with Planet eStream – the number one secure video platform for education. Through this newly created and pioneering collaboration, My School Portal will offer a secure and personalised media feed, and all directly accessible through the portal.

Planet eStream is a Unified Video Platform for education, featuring live streaming, digital signage, interactive learning tools, lesson and lecture capture, TV and radio recording and direct access to 1.7 million TV and radio programmes, to enhance your digital learning resources.

Offering a comprehensive resource for creating, managing and securely delivering media from one central platform, Planet eStream reduces workload, offers excellent value and most importantly, delivers benefits and improved outcomes for students, educators, learning resources staff and the IT team.

Planet eStream’s incorporation with the portal will allow schools to livestream video content and share still images of sporting activities and events, or drama and music performances. Regardless of where they are, parents can watch their children’s performances and stay connected. Importantly, access to information in the portal is on a permission only basis, which means users only get to see the media content relevant to them.

My School Portal has been tasked by a number of its schools with finding a safe and secure way of sharing video content through the portal.  Boarding schools in particular have viewed this as an important enhancement, particularly when many boarders’ parents cannot always be present for school events, such as presentations, drama productions or sports fixtures.  Our successful collaboration with Planet eStream means we now have a market leading solution. It represents a step-change in the continual improvement of My School Portal, with an improved media offering for our schools, parents and pupils.

Wendy Robinson, Managing Director at Planet eStream, explains: “The collaboration with My School Portal will offer our mutual clients a great workflow for easily sharing their Planet eStream media content with parents via their parent portal.”

This is a very exciting partnership for My School Portal and we’re looking forward to integrating even more of Planet eStream’s services. Widening the audience for media that has been inaccessible in the past will improve the parents’ engagement in school life.

The feature is currently only available to schools using iSAMS however developments to widen this to other school MIS systems are underway.