We used technology to increase attendance at PTA meetings

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to livestream your PTA and other meetings

If I’ve piqued your interest, you’re going to want to replicate this. Here’s how:

Step 1: Sign up with a free live streaming service. I recommend YouTube simply because it’s a well-known interface and most people have a Gmail account.

Step 2: Go to the camera in the upper right-hand area of your YouTube browser and click on it.

Step 3: Select Go Live.

Step 4: Create a title for your viewers.

Step 5: Change Public to Unlisted.

Step 6: You can instantaneously be prepared to broadcast live. YouTube will prompt you for an image and take one at a 3-2-1 countdown. I recommend holding up a school emblem, or just smiling nicely.

Step 7: Click Next.

Step 8: Connect to the school network from any device with a camera to broadcast.

Step 9: You will have a unique link to your livestream that you can share. Just click the three dots on lower-right part of the screen and and select Share.


You’re live!

If you want, you can schedule live broadcasts and grab the link earlier if necessary.

Finally, a message to all: This is not just for administrators. Think about using streaming services for professional development, event nights for teachers, and with special permission to broadcast with and for your students.

A word of caution: Remember that students must have permission to be seen. I recommend ensuring that your live broadcast is either private by invitation only or unlisted.

I will continue to look for ways to increase the percentage of attendance at PTA meetings but bringing meetings to people makes sense. We’re all busy. Let your families watch from the comfort of their home, in a supermarket, or wherever they may be.

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