start here – quick set-up guideDocument Transcript
United Streaming Information
Please use this to set up your own account if you have not
previously. You will no longer be able to use the generic password
from last year.
Having your own account allows you to save your lists
confidentially, as opposed to an all school list.
Passcode here for
Next, you will enter your information, check the box that agrees
to terms and use, and indicate if you want a newsletter. You will
receive an email confirmation after registering.
After you enroll, you will be taken to the main menu where you
can search and look for videos for use in your curriculum.
A Crash Course in United Streaming: Downloading and Saving
(Thanks for Linda Culver’s help)
1. Open www.unitedstreaming.com . If you have not already set up an account,
please see the previous instructions for setting up an account. If you
previously set up an account, it should still be active.
2. Log in with the username and password you created.
3. Now you should see a screen similar to this:
You can search by
subject, by grade
level, by general
search in all content,
or you can specify
pictures, etc. on the
pull down menu.
You can also do a
general search and
refine it later using
grade levels or
4. Search for a topic. Let’s choose “tornadoes” and full videos, but not set
any other limits.
We received 28 video
hits. We can further
refine our search. The
side panel lets you
choose a subject area or
to refine by grade level.
For example; if you refine by literature, you have one video that fits that
category, but if you refine by science grade 6-8, you have nine.
Below each video description, you are told what supporting materials are
available to go with it and the grade level. You are also linked to Kansas
5. If you see a video that sounds promising you can click on it to get more
information. You will see tabs with the description, a list of segments,
citation information and any supporting materials.
You will also see
features: a play
button to preview,
a download button,
and an “add to”
feature so you can
save it to look at
later. You can
create your own
folders to store
6. DO NOT PLAN ON ARRIVING AT SCHOOL TO PLAY A MOVIE
DIRECTLY FROM THIS SCREEN FOR STUDENTS OR TO DOWNLOAD
QUICKLY. The server tends to be slow, and some 20 minute movies can take
two hours to download. If you try to stream from school to watch, you’ll
notice it’s choppy due to stress on the server. You can download during
school and still use your computer to do other things while the download is
occurring, but it may be pretty slow. From home, you’ll see that previewing is
much easier and downloading a breeze. Search at school, create a folder
(explained below) and then preview and download at home.
7. To save a movie to look at later, add it to your content. That way you don’t
click add, you
get a new
lets you add it
to a folder
you have or
create a new
folder. If you
really like the
video you can
download it to play for your class. You can also add only certain segments to
your content folders by opening the tab that says “segments” and checking
the ones you want to add.
They will be downloaded separately in
segments if you download later. You can
download only segments if you want by
clicking the download icon next to the
green play button.
8. Downloading an entire video or segments:
and you will get
a new browser
you where you
want to save.
It is recommended that you save to the desktop, even from home. It’s easy
to find and to delete later when you know you have made a copy on a CD or
transferred it to a flash drive. Movies take up a lot of space on the server
Click save and give a
You can give it a new
name if you want, as
long as you don’t
change the file
Once you save, the downloading will
begin. You can minimize the window
and work to continue work on your
9. When downloading is complete:
You will see the little movie icon on your desktop with the file name. Now you
can view or show it directly from your desktop, or burn it to a CD, or
transfer it to another memory device.
Be sure to save the movies you like. You can download the support files and
burn everything into one disc to save.
Copyright laws allow you to show the movie as much as you like until the
subscription is canceled.
Setting Up Your Computer for Dual Display
Displaying United Streaming Videos on Your TV Monitor
Using Your Computer for Other Tasks
1. Close all open programs.
Right Click on your Computer
Desktop and choose Properties
2. The Display Properties dialog
box opens. Click the
3. Click the Advanced command
button at the bottom of the
4. Click the GeForce FX 5200
5. Click the drop-down arrow to
change the nView Modes
setting from Clone TO
Dualview, as shown.
Verify that the Display pair
setting is: Analog Display +
TV, as shown.
6. IF your monitor changes
resolution and the icons and
objects on your screen
enlarge, you will need to
click the Change Resolution
command in the side menu,
as shown…..and also
complete step #7.
Otherwise, simply click Apply
and then click OK.
7. Drag the slider from 800 x
600 screen resolution to
1024 x 768.
You should see your screen
resolution switch back to
Then Click OK.
Click OK to return to the
8. You are now ready to use the DualView mode.
Open a Video from either the Desktop or Network Drive. Click on the Title
Bar, and Drag the Entire Window to the right, as if you are dragging it off the
You will see the Window start to appear on the television screen.
9. Once the Windows Media Player Window has been moved entirely to the
TV Monitor, you will need to change the view to Full Screen. To do this,
Right Click in the Black Area of the Windows Media Player Window and
choose Full Screen, or press Alt+Enter on your keyboard.
10. The video should now continue to play on the television monitor. Once
the video is finished, you will need to drag the Windows Media Player
window back to your computer and close the window. If the window is
too large to be able to easily click on the Title Bar, press ESCAPE on your
keyboard to restore the window’s size.
11. You should be able to continue working on any separate program on your
computer while students are viewing the video on the television monitor.
The Teacher Center provides you with powerful tools that allow you to create dynamic, interactive
multimedia projects for your students. You can save and organize your projects in folders you
create within My Content for easy editing, sharing and retrieval.
Lesson Plan Library
The Lesson Plan Library has a new search interface and contains more than 200
lessons designed for use with Discovery Education unitedstreaming videos.
Lesson plans can be viewed or saved in PDF or Microsoft
Access the Lesson Plan Library from anywhere on the site
Word format. To save a lesson plan, click on the appropriate
by clicking on the Teacher Center link in the navigation bar
at the top of the screen. Click on a subject area to view format and select “Save.” Navigate to the desired location.
lesson plans that contain descriptions and indications You can change the name of the lesson, but keep the “.pdf”
regarding the recommended grade ranges. or “.doc” file extension.