Logging-in to United Streaming:
1. Connect to the UnitedStreaming Website at :
http://www.wcs.edu/parentstudent/resources.htm (from home)
2. User Name: WMSstu
3. Password: 12345
Searching for a Video:
Keyword Search: Use the standard or advanced
keyword tools to search video and clip titles as
well as resource descriptions for the keywords
you enter. The Advanced Search keyword option
supports more powerful searching capabilities
than are available with standard searches.
All Titles: Browse the collections by
selecting subject areas that are of
interest to you.
Interpreting Your Results:
A keyword search for “biomes” resulted
in 45 videos, 38 video clips, 36 images, 0
calendar events, and 0 articles.
The videos will be listed below with a brief description. Under the brief
description you may also see Editable Video symbol and the Closed Caption symbol.
The grade level of the video is also listed along with the total Runtime of the video.
*Click on the name of the video to view
open the video.
You can see that the video titled
Elements of Biology: Biomes: The
Adaptations of Organisms is broken into
To view the video, click the
To download the video, click the
Streaming the Video:
1. Simply click PLAY to view the video in the User-
Friendly Video Player.
2. Use the Pause, Play, and Stop button at the
bottom of the player to control the video. You can
also view the video full screen.
Downloading a Video:
1. Right-click the DISK ICON.
2. Click “Save Target As…”
3. Choose where to save the
video. Then click “Save”.
1. Click on “Learning Tools” at the top of the screen.
Calendar: The Calendar allows you to show video content that
presents events that happened on a specific date in history.
Image Library: Allows you to save images based on keyword
or subject search.
Clip Art Gallery: The gallery allows you to view over 1,200
Hyperlinking vs. Embedding Videos (in PowerPoint):
Hyperlinking is an element in an electronic document that links to another place.
When you should hyperlink:
To see the controls in the Windows Media Player, such as play, pause, stop,
rewind, find, mute, and the scroll bar.
When making dual-platform projects.
When making web pages. (You will need to stream clips from
unitedstreaming in order to protect the content.)
Inserting the downloaded video within the application so it plays in the frame/slide
of the application
When you should embed:
If you want the video to play full screen automatically.
If you do not want to see the control panel of the
If you wish to add text boxes that serve as visual cues
while the video is playing.
If you need easier navigation through a multimedia
Creating a Hyperlink to the Video (in Word or
1. Highlight text, select a picture, or select a clip art image.
2. Right-click the text, picture or clip art image. Then click “Hyperlink”.
3. Navigate and select the video. Once you find the video, select it and then click
The selected text should now be
underlined and colored. To test
the link, click on the link.
Embedding a Video (in
Before completing the steps
below, be sure to download your
video to a destination folder. In
the same folder, save the PowerPoint presentation that will have the embedded
video. At school, download to your student user folder. Save your power point here
also. Remember that the video and the power point need to be saved to the same
1. Click on “Insert” then point to “Movies and Sounds”.
2. Click on “Movie from File”.
3. Navigate and select
the video and click “OK”.
4. Decide if you want the video to play
“Automatically” or “When Clicked”.
5. Resize the video by holding down one of the 4 corner handles, and drag to
resize the image.
Protecting Unitedstreaming Content:
No video editing software is permitted except for those titles that have
been designated as “Editable Content.”
Teachers may keep video files and projects on disks and servers as long as
subscription is current.
Converting digital video to analog format such as VHS cassettes is not
allowed—only digital devices may be used.
Students are allowed to keep projects containing video clips in their
electronic portfolios if used for demonstration purposes.
Protect the content, especially when creating web pages, so that only
subscribers are able to see the video files.
Be sure to use proper APA or MLA formats when you cite video resources
and support materials.
Citing Unitedstreaming Videos and Images:
All About the Enlightenment: The Age of Reason. United Learning, 2004. Discovery
Education. 02 Jan. 2005 http://www.unitedstreaming.com
United Learning (Publisher). (2004). All About the Enlightenment: The Age of
Reason [Motion Picture, streaming video]. Retrieved January 2, 2005, from
Discovery Education: http://www.unitedstreaming.com
Name of the Image. By Paul Fuqua. 2003. Discovery Education. 02 Jan. 2005
Fuqua, Paul (2003). Name of the image [Image]. Retrieved January 2, 2005, from
Technology Information to Know:
Each minute of downloaded video will require about 1.8 Mb of storage space
on hard drives or other storage media.
One video can be accessed simultaneously by many end-users.
Home users with 56k modems can easily search and use support materials;
downloads are possible but will be slow.
Minimum screen resolution should be set at 800 x 600; you will get better
results if you set screen resolution at 1024 x 768.
Windows Media Player (version 9) and Apple QuickTime Player (version 6)
are recommended for best results.
Make duplicate project folders when students work in computer labs to
accommodate multiple “hits” on the same files.
Help to eliminate duplicate downloads by creating shared folders on the file
servers for grade levels or subject areas.
Limit file names to 8 characters or fewer and use file extensions to insure
that projects will work on Macintosh and PC platforms