YouTube Video Visibility Options

Uploading videos to YouTube can be a great way to reach a large audience, but not all of our content is intended for the general public. Many videos are created for a select audience, perhaps a school, individual class or families.

When uploading to YouTube, it is important to check the visibility settings of your video. There are three available options:

  • Public: These videos will be visible via searching on Google or YouTube. They are open to the general public and may feature ads from YouTube.
  • Unlisted: These videos will not appear in Google or YouTube search results and they will not feature YouTube ads. Users can share these videos by linking to them. This setting is ideal for emailing videos or linking to videos from webpages.
  • Private: These videos are the most locked down and will also not be monetized. Video creators will need to manually share the video with each intended viewer. This is not recommended if attempting to share the video to numerous viewers as it can be very time consuming.

The visibility of your video is set through the Visibility tab when initially uploading a video:

YouTube video upload menu. The third tab, Visibility, is highlighted and the visibility menu is highlighted in red.

If you would like to alter the visibility of an existing video, that is done on the video’s Details tab:

Video details menu. The Visibility menu is highlighted and Unlisted is selected.

Additional information on video visibility settings can be found on the YouTube Help site. To learn how to create a YouTube channel using your Olympia School District credentials, see this screencast. If you have questions or tips about uploading video content or captioning your videos, please reach out to the Communications Department.

Apply for OSDEF Grant Requests; first-quarter grants due by Sept. 28

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has begun accepting Teaching & Learning Grant Requests for the 2020-21 school year and will be reviewing them on a quarterly basis. Grant Requests submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 28 will be considered for approval in mid-October.

In recognition of the fact that educators will be teaching via a distance learning format for at least a portion of the 2020-21 school year, the OSDEF Board of Trustees will allow a limited number of Grant Requests to be approved for the purpose of professional development in 2020-21. Grant Requests for professional development: must fall within one of the current OSDEF grant categories; cover only program costs and/or materials; and cannot exceed $500.

Additionally, the Foundation remains committed to removing barriers for OSD students. To encourage more requests for programs and projects with a focus on equity, diversity and bias, the Foundation has renamed the “Building Student Character Grant” the “Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant” and incorporated language that supports OSD Student Outcome #4. Cultivating Engaged Citizens supports: “students in their efforts to develop the skills, knowledge, and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic, and societal bias. It also supports students seeking to understand the value of community service and advocate for improvement using natural resources in an efficient and sustainable way. This includes the development and implementation of programs that address: equity, diversity and bias; civics; philanthropy; and being good stewards of the earth. Activities funded by the grant may include: assemblies; workshops; athletics; nutrition; school beautification projects; and community service projects.”

Grant deadlines, instructions and applications may all be found on the OSDEF webpage. If you received a grant last year, you must submit a Post-Grant Report prior to applying for a grant this year.

 

Registration open for Teacher Webpage Training and Social Media Workshop

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Registration is open for staff interested in participating in the OSD Teacher Webpage Training and/or OSD Social Media Workshop. Staff may use Tech PD for these training opportunities.

OSD Teacher Webpage Training

This training is for OSD teachers interested in creating, editing and curating content for a teacher website on their school webpage.

We have two Zoom Teacher Webpage trainings scheduled, one for this week and one for next week. You can find them both in PDEnroller (links below). Here are the details with all the necessary Zoom information included:

Please sign up for this training in PDEnroller prior to its start so everything is properly set up for each user. Should you need additional information, contact Conor Schober at cschober@osd.wednet.edu.

OSD Social Media Workshop

Is your school officially represented on social media? If not, let’s fix that!

In the ever-changing world of social media, it can be daunting when considering what social media platforms to choose to best reach your families. Don’t be dismayed, it’s really quite simple and unquestionably worth your time and effort.

Give us an hour of your time and come sit down as we delve into the following “Social Media Tips” when managing a school or district-related social media account:

  • Why do we need to promote our school? We’re doing fine!
  • Getting approval from your Administrator
  • How to select the social media platform to best reach your audience
  • Setting up your accounts (using district email)
  • Checking student permissions (when publishing students names/photos)
  • How to best promote your new social media account
  • Frequency of posting: Creating a social media calendar
  • Creating engagement: Like, Follow and Share
  • How to produce consistent, easily digestible content
  • Finding your “voice” and “tone”

Our hope is that by the time this workshop wraps up you will feel much more comfortable opening up a social media account that represents your school community. This includes accounts for a school, athletic team, club, program or classroom. You will be amazed at the number of families you reach that were not previously reached through your school website (or teacher page), robocalls, newsletters, email and flyers.

With a consistent posting schedule, your engagement will soar. You will have a brand new way to communicate with students, families and our community which prioritizes content pushed out through social media. There are so many great stories to tell throughout our district, don’t be afraid of using this unique outlet to bring yours to the forefront!

We have two Zoom Social Media Workshops scheduled, one for this week and one for next week. You can find them both in PDEnroller (links below). Here are the details with all the necessary Zoom information included:

Please sign up for this workshop in PDEnroller prior to its start so everything is properly set up for each user. Should you need additional information, contact Conor Schober at cschober@osd.wednet.edu.

Fix for accessing staff Intranet via Google Chrome to be completed on August 25

Shallow view of Mac laptopAs you are all aware we have been experiencing intermittent issues with some staff members logging in to the OSD website to access the Intranet via the Google Chrome browser. We have just been notified that a fix for this issue is scheduled to be released Tuesday, August 25. At that point, all staff should be able to use the Google Chrome browser to log in and access the OSD Intranet.

Until that fix is released the available workaround is to use a Firefox or Edge browser instead of Chrome. This may resolve the issue for some, but we have received reports from a number of employees that this doesn’t necessarily work for them.

Having said that, we know that many of you need to access the Intranet and specifically the “Forms” page. Until the issue with the Google SSO login to the Intranet is resolved, employees may access the content from the Intranet Forms page on the Google Doc emailed to all staff only on Friday, August 7. All OSD staff members now have access to this document and can view/download the same content available on the Intranet Forms page.

This does not provide access to the remaining pages/content on the Intranet, which will not be available until we have a resolution to the login issue. Thank you for your patience.

YouTube removing ‘Community Contributions’ feature does not impact OSD video captioning

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YouTube recently announced they would be removing the “Community Contributions” feature from the platform at the end of September. This toolset allowed for third-party content viewers to provide additional captions to videos.

Several staff members have reached out asking if this will impact Olympia School District’s ability to use YouTube’s automatic captioning platform. It will not – the YouTube automatic captioning platform will be unaltered during this transition. Video creators will still be able to utilize automatic captioning, as well as the captions editing suite within YouTube.

Thank you for your work in ensuring your video content is captioned and available to our entire community. If you are interested in providing video content to our community, please review the Increasing the Accuracy of Automatically Generated Captions guide available on the Website Accessibility Resources page. If you have additional questions or tips regarding captioning or other accessibility considerations, please reach out to Robert Hardy, the district’s Website Accessibility Specialist.

Capital High math teacher Carol McKay wins prestigious national award

Carol McKay portrait photoCapital High School math teacher Carol McKay has been recognized nationally with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

McKay is one of only two award winners statewide selected from a field of five finalists named last fall. She represents Washington state as the math award winner, while a Lynwood middle school teacher is the science honoree. Nationwide, there are 107 winners honored this year.

The veteran educator is also the second Olympia School District teacher to win the national honor in the past five years. Reeves Middle School teacher Jana Dean received the award in the 2016-17 school year.

“It has always been my goal to help all students have opportunities to be successful mathematicians and to learn to love mathematics as I do,” McKay said. “The Presidential Award is an incredible honor. It recognizes the challenging yet rewarding work I do alongside my talented colleagues, with the support of district leadership. This award reinvigorates my desire for ongoing professional growth and teacher leader opportunities. I am thankful for the support and encouragement of my family in this profession.”

The Olympia School Board will honor McKay at its next regular meeting on Monday, August 24. The virtual meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, and the recognition will take place near the start of the meeting. Zoom meeting links will be posted on the district website the Friday before the board meeting.

Read more about Carol and this high honor

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Paraeducators: Information regarding payment for FCS completion

While planning the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) the District agreed to pay paraeducators who completed the FCS stipend for completion at the end of August. We have since learned that the district does not receive the FCS state revenue until September 1. Therefore, the district will unfortunately have to pay the stipend 10 days into September on a special payroll cycle. Direct deposits for paraeducators who completed the Fundamental Course of Study will post to bank accounts on September 10 (Employees will not need to wait until the end of September). Our sincerest apologies for this inconvenience.

Staff Virtual Town Halls and FAQs posted on staff Intranet

man's face visible behind a video cameaVideo recordings of the OSD Virtual Staff Town Halls may be accessed on the OSD staff Intranet. The August 5 and 6 recordings are posted, and the page is updated regularly with questions and answers that were not addressed during the one-hour staff Town Halls.

Video recordings and FAQs are also posted on the public website for the five Virtual Town Halls held for the community — two with an elementary focus, two with a secondary focus, and one for students.

Temporary fix for staff having difficulty accessing staff Intranet

We are currently experiencing intermittent issues with some staff members logging in to the OSD website to access the Intranet via the Google Chrome browser. We are aware of this issue and working on getting this resolved. Once we have a fix we will let you know so you can once again access pages and files on the Intranet.

Previously we had indicated that a workaround was to use a Firefox or Edge browser instead of Chrome. This may resolve the issue for some, but we have received reports from a number of employees that this doesn’t necessarily work for them.

Having said that, we know that many of you need to access the Intranet and specifically the “Forms” page. Until the issue with the Google SSO login to the Intranet is resolved, employees may access the content from the Intranet Forms page on a Google Doc emailed to all staff only on Friday, August 7. All OSD staff members now have access to this document and can view/download the same content available on the Intranet Forms page.

This does not provide access to the remaining pages/content on the Intranet, which will not be available until we have a resolution to the login issue. Thank you for your patience.