It would not be an exaggeration to say that adopting Trilby TV has had a huge impact on teaching and learning at our school. We adopted Trilby in September 2017 and since then, our digital signage has burst into life with pupil work and achievements brightening our corridors every single day. Furthermore, our staff room has become a hub of information and ideas now we can direct specific content to the newly fitted plasma TV that adorns one of the walls.
Even sharing the daily schedule has become a breeze! What once was a laborious task of turning on an ancient laptop stored in a filing cabinet, waiting 10 minutes for it to load and then entering the details via an auto-playing PowerPoint, is now a quick and simple part of my daily routine. I remotely update using Google Slides, and with the related HTML embedded within Trilby, the updates appear instantly on the Trilby TV.
Our marketing department have also seized the opportunity to regenerate the screen in our main school reception; posting student work, activities and news from across the school whilst also advertising future events such as upcoming concerts, productions and Open Days.
Adding to all this excitement was February’s eagerly awaited Trilby TV v4 update, meaning the old App will no longer work. However, in the mean time before the new app arrives, the web app works wonderfully on iPads and others tablets too.
So, once we have logged into v4, what are the new features that we can look forward to?
1. New interface
First and foremost, we have a fantastic new interface to deal with. As before, the + button allows us to add content, which can be in the form of videos, slideshows, twitter feeds, web content or a title screen. However, the overall layout is easier to navigate and the button design looks great too!
On the left hand sidebar you can (from the top down):
See each individual player that is connected on your network,
Set up playlists,
Edit different categories,
Add and manage new users
Check permission groups and settings
Manage the system dashboard
Another great new feature allows users to add different colours to their twitter feeds and title screens. This is very pleasing aesthetically, especially when selecting colours that, for example, link with ones Twitter avatar. I have included an example here from our main school account.
3. Editing Slide Shows
A minor gripe with previous version of Trilby TV was the inability to edit the slides that made up your slideshows. For example, if adding a set of pictures from a school trip, once published to Trilby TV you could not add or delete pictures. Instead, to make changes you would have to re-upload all the images again and make the alterations that way. It’s all different now! You can easily add and delete individual slides to your hearts content.
Playlists are a great way to organise content and with V4, you can edit and re-order you playlists with much greater ease. They can then be sent to different players and, like all content, can be set to a specific broadcast schedule.
There are probably a few other features that I have missed – please let me know if you are aware of anything I have left out and I will update this post accordingly!
For details about getting your school signed up to Trilby or taking advantage of their 30 day free trial – take a look at their website.