Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Distance Learning

©Brett Seymour, National Park Service

Once your program is scheduled for your location, we request that you complete the following steps at least one time prior to your scheduled program.

After you have completed these steps, visit Day of Program Instructions for information on connecting on your scheduled program day.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you test with the same equipment, in the same location, and using the same internet connection that you intend to use to show the program on your scheduled day.

Summary of Steps

1. Confirm your high speed network.

2. Obtain the necessary equipment.

3. Connect and setup the equipment.

4. Test your equipment at Channel Islands Live Test

5. Read the Day of Program Instructions.


Step Details

1. Confirm your high speed network.
The recommended bandwidth needed to support the broadcast is at least 384Kbps. Check with your IT support staff if you do not know your connection rate or to get an estimate, visit http://www.speedtest.net. Unless you are using a tablet, phone or other mobile device, It is recommended that you use a wired network connection when possible and disable wireless (Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n)

2. Obtain the necessary equipment.

  • Computer, tablet, or phone with either a built-in or external microphone and camera is required.
  • External speakers are preferred so it is loud enough for everyone to hear clearly.
  • TV, LCD projector, or Smart Board.
  • Optional: You may also connect via a standards-based video conferencing machine (also called a "room system") such as Cisco™Telepresence, Polycom™, Tandberg™, LifeSize, or similar equipment.

3. Connect and setup the equipment.

  • Connect an external camera and/or microphone to your device if needed.
    An integral (built-in) microphone will work but an external USB microphone works best. Make sure the microphone placement is easily accessible to students to help facilitate interaction with the park ranger.This is critical to the success of the program.
  • Connect your device to a TV, LCD projector or Smart Board.
    The screen at your location should be of good quality and large enough so students can easily see the broadcast image. Check the lighting in the room to make sure the image is clear. You may have to turn off lights or close window blinds as necessary to minimize backlighting.
  • Connect your device to an external speaker.
    You may not need external speakers if your video conference device has built in speakers or your projector has an audio input or if you are using a television. Be sure the speaker volume is set loud enough for everyone to hear clearly.

4. Test your equipment at Channel Islands Live Test

Using a Computer, Tablet, or Phone:

  • To test from your school environment, visit Channel Islands Live Test.
    (Note: This URL link is for testing only. A different link for the actual program broadcast will be sent to you once your program is scheduled.)
  • You may be prompted to download the Vidyo app/plugin. Once the download is complete close the browser/app and re-click on Channel Islands Live Test.
  • Welcome screen information:
    • Enter your school’s name.
    • Do NOT check the box to “Share screen upon connection.”
    • Click on the camera icon so that it turns red with a line through it.
      This turns your camera off which is required for this program.
    • Click “Connect.”
  • Enter the PIN: 12345
  • If you can see and hear a video then you are capable of videoconferencing with us.
  • Adjust the volume on your device and on your external speakers so the entire room can hear the audio comfortably.
  • Turn your camera OFF.
    Your camera must be turned off for this program. Leaving your camera on will cause the program to fail. If you did not turn your camera off in the welcome screen, turn off your camera now in the Vidyo program by clicking on the camera icon located on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. If this tool bar is not showing, hover your mouse over the bottom of the screen and it will appear. Your camera is off when the camera icon turns red and there is a red line through the camera icon.
    (Note: These broadcasts run live on the park’s and our partner’s (explore.org) website and Facebook pages. To ensure your students privacy we require that the camera be turned off on the day of broadcast.)
  • Make sure you are NOT screen sharing.
    Screen sharing means that everyone in the conference will see whatever is on your screen. This will cause the program to fail. If you somehow turned on screen sharing, the screen sharing icon (box with a play button) on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen will be green. If you hover over this box, it says “start sharing.” To turn off, click on this icon, select “stop sharing” and the icon will turn grey.
  • End the call.


Or Using a Videoconferencing Machine:

  • Dial by IP address: 205.154.84.77
  • Enter Conference/Room number: 5901234567
    (Note: This room number is for testing only. A different room number for the actual program broadcast will be sent to you once your program is scheduled.)
  • Enter the PIN: 12345
  • Note: You may also connect by dialing 5901234567@205.154.84.77. Then entering the PIN: 12345
  • If you can see and hear a video then you are capable of videoconferencing with us.
  • Adjust the volume on your device and on your external speakers so the entire room can hear the audio comfortably.
  • Turn your camera OFF through your machine.
    Your camera must be turned off for this program. Leaving your camera on will cause the program to fail.
    (Note: These broadcasts run live on the park’s and our partner’s (explore.org) website and Facebook pages. To ensure your students privacy we require that the camera be turned off on the day of broadcast.)
  • These broadcasts run live on the park's and our partner's (explore.org) website and Facebook pages. To ensure your students privacy we require that the camera be turned off on the day of broadcast. If you are unable to turn your camera off practice pointing the camera away from the students so their images are not broadcast out to the Internet.
  • End the call.


For Help:

  • Refer to the K20Video help guide at http://help.k20video.org or contact the K12HSN helpdesk at 760-312-6512 or by email at support@k20video.org

5. Read the Day of Program Instructions

Last updated: March 3, 2017

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