MyVRSpot is a media management tool for hosting and sharing user-created media (videos, images, audio files, documents, and more). MyVRSpot is licensed for use by all LPS staff and students.
MyVRSpot is designed as a walled garden environment for students. The system has a number of options for sharing media outside of the district, though. MyVRSpot allows staff to embed videos into Synergy Course Content, as well as share videos with a URL.
We would love for you to attend a workshop to hear how MyVRSpot might be useful in your LPS work.
LPS Students and staff can access MyVRSpot through the LPS Portal.
As you use this tool, notice the question mark in the top toolbar. Click this question mark to take advantage of the built-in support resources MyVRSpot offers.
This page displays files uploaded into the gallery, and can include created folders to keep files organized. It is also a gateway to all other features in the system. Clicking the Home button at the top of any page in MyVRSpot will always return you to the gallery.
Media can be filtered by type: Videos, Images, Audio, Files, Projects, and Folders.
The Recorder feature allows you to record audio, the screen, or video directly from your account using any built-in or connected video camera.
Click on the Recorder button at the top of the screen, then click Record Video.
You’ll need to grant the site permission to use the camera and microphone the first time you record.
Once you have finished recording you will have the option to Delete, Preview, and Publish your video. If you choose to Publish your video, you’ll be prompted to name the file and it will be added to your Home page. Unpublished videos will remain in the Recorder for five days.
Upload video files (.mov, .wmf, .mp4, .avi, .flv, .3gp, etc.), images (.jpg, .jpeg, or .png), audio files (.mp3) and many non-media file types (documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.) into MyVRSpot.
There are a number of ways to upload media. Click on the Upload button to begin, then:
- Drag and drop files from the computer directly into MyVRSpot, OR
- Click in the Upload Media Field, navigate to the file located on the computer’s hard drive, and select Open, OR
- Click on the Upload YouTube or Vimeo Link button, paste the URL to a video, and select Upload. (YouTube and Vimeo videos loaded into MyVRSpot are not blocked by the filter.)
It’s important to add additional information (called metadata) to uploaded files. You’ll have the option to do so by clicking the edit button after your media has been uploaded. The Name, Description, and Tags field are searchable to you and other users.
The Permissions setting is one of the most important items for your uploaded video. The default setting is Private. Permissions for staff include:
- All Users – Anyone in the district, at your level (Elementary / Secondary) can access the content via search.
- Private – Only you and those with a higher level “role” in the system can access the content via search.
- Group Only – only those in a group you have created or to which you belong can access the content via search.
- Teacher and Above – Similar to Private, but includes those at the same level “role” in the system.
Permissions for students works in a similar way, only with more restrictions. By default, all student-uploaded content is set to Private.
When working with students in MyVRSpot, it is recommended staff members create a group for students to see and add media. Groups can either be set to Private or Public. Both are searchable, but Private groups require approval from the group administrator(s). Groups are automatically created for all Synergy courses, and can be found within My Groups.
Under the “Groups” tab, users have three options:
My Groups shows a collection of the groups you’re currently managing or a member of. This page is also where staff can approve group members.
Create Groups is where staff can create additional groups. Here, users can name the group, add a description, and choose whether this group is either active/not active and public/private. Each teacher has a group automatically created for each Synergy class. By default, all students can add files to this group.
*We recommend adding your name or some identifying information so your group is easily located (ex. Lincoln High Chess Club).
Search Groups is where users search for groups to join. Here, you can search by group name or description. Once you’ve found the correct group, click the + button to join the group. If the group is set to Private, the group administrator must approve your request before you’re allowed to see the contents of the group.
Within the My Groups page, administrators have options in the far-right column. Here’s a brief description of those options from left to right:
- The eye allows admins to view the media in the group.
- The pencil allows admins to edit the group information (name, description, group settings, logo).
- The trash can deletes the group. The content remains within the user’s MyVRSpot account.
- The profile allows admin to edit the role of group members or remove members from the group.
- The star allows admin to see pending group members for each group, and is where admin can approve or deny the request to join the group.
MyVRSpot has keystroke accessibility settings on as a default for all users. While using the video player:
(F) plays the video in fullscreen mode
(Spacebar) pauses/plays the video
(Up/Down arrow) adjusts volume
(Right/Left arrow) moves the playhead by 10 seconds in either direction
(Number keys 0-9) jumps the video to the percent marker on the video. Ex. pressing 2 moves the playhead to the 20% mark on the video. 5 moves the playhead to the 50% mark on the video.
MediaSpot allows users to create video-enhanced HTML documents referred to as Projects. Project can include videos, audio files, images, and text fields, and can be shared with a link. These projects present as a website to viewers when finished. Two fantastic features of a MediaSpot are Galleries and Playlists. Both of these options can be added to a MediaSpot, and allow users to easily organize media content for viewers to consume. MediaSpots come in a variety of basic templates, including newsletters, gallery templates, ePortfolios, report templates, and more!
SmartSpot offers teachers the ability to create quizzes in four different question formats (multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, and open text questions). These questions are then inserted throughout the video. While students view the video, the questions will appear at designated marks, where they must answer the question before continuing with the video. These assessments are easy to share with your students, whether via Google Classrooms or the Group feature. SmartSpots are auto-graded with several reporting options. To learn more about creating SmartSpot quizzes, MyVRSpot has created a tutorial which explains the basic functionality of the tool step-by-step.
Video Response System (VRS)
The VRS feature in MyVRSpot allows teachers to create assignments with attached media. Students may respond with their own media, including text, video, audio, images, and more. A VRS assignment may consist of many prompts, each of which can have a different media attached to it. Teachers may record a video at the time of creating an assignment, attach an existing piece of media in their account, or upload new content. Then, when completing an assignment, students may also record and attach media directly within the prompt.
To create a VRS assignment, find VRS in your MYVRSpot menu, then click Create Assignment. You will define the parameters of the assignment before adding prompts and attaching media to those prompts.
For more details on how to create, publish, and share a VRS assignment, visit MyVRSpot’s VRS tutorial page.