PlexConnect Your Classrooms

The DVD is dying. VHS tapes are virtually extinct. It’s clear that streaming video is the future of content delivery, including in the classroom.

In this session, you’ll learn how MKA has built an inexpensive video-on-demand solution using AppleTVs, PlexConnect, and a Mac mini server. This session will include a step-by-step setup of our VOD system and a discussion of what we’ve learned about network requirements, scaling, pitfalls to avoid,  the “fair-use doctrine” and video format optimization.

 Key Concepts:

Attendees will learn about optimizing video formats for AppleTV playback, DVD ripping, and some free video transcoding tools. They will also learn about PlexConnect, optimal AppleTV setup in the classroom, and basic video streaming fundamentals.

Foundational Lecture – 75 Minutes

 Damien Barrett, Montclair Kimberley Academy

Damien BarrettDamien Barrett has been supporting Macs for more than 15 years in corporate, small business, and education environments. He’s worked as an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, Apple Certified Trainer, Interim IT Director for a cable access television station, and ran his own consulting business for several years in Manhattan. Damien has been in his current position as a Mac Systems Technician at MKA for six years.

 William Stites, Montclair Kimberley Academy

Bill StitesWilliam is the Director of Technology for Montclair Kimberley Academy and Blogger-in-Chief for  Responsible for overseeing the school’s 1:1 Initiative spanning grade PK-12 where all student (4th-12th), faculty, administrators and staff are device administrators (1400+ devices).

School recently received Apple Distinguished School Award (2013-2015)

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