Become a Streaming Pro with Streamer Academy!

Do you dream of becoming a pro streamer with millions of viewers each week? It can happen, and we can help you get there. Check out Streamer Academy, a new online course hosted by Palo Alto City Library. Keep reading to the end of this article for sign-up instructions and an overview of what you will learn.

Course Objectives

The goals of this online course were designed around different skill levels and needs. To graduate, you'll have the option to focus on topics that interest you the most, including: 

  1. Building up your streaming software and virtual event hosting skills.
  2. Home studio design and AV equipment.
  3. Learning how to grow your audience through digital marketing and social media.
  4. Creating networking opportunities for streamers in Palo Alto. Complete this course to join our alumni list and get access to special events.

Why Sign Up?

We listened to your feedback in 2022 and found a way to make learning even easier to access. This time it's on your schedule! Course content is now fully online and available through our Beanstack reading tracker app and website. You only need a library account to sign up. 

After sifting through hundreds of online courses in our Upskill databases (specifically Skillshare, Coursera, and Linkedin Learning) we found the very best options for new streamers. You don't have to sit through YouTube ads for DIY tutorials, these are high quality courses from professionals.

Signing up for this course also means you'll have direct support from our talented library staff. Your course designer Chris Markman has been doing video production since 2006 and was awarded several local and federal grants related to streaming and online learning. He is both behind the scenes on our Twitch.tv streams and YouTube channels and often in front of the camera as well.

How to Get Started

The sign up process will be different if you're on a mobile phone or desktop computer. In both cases make sure you have an active library card. If you do not, here's how to start that process. 

Smartphone Instructions

  1. Find Beanstack in our A-Z List or click this link.
  2. Install the app and create a Beanstack account (or sign in if you have one, there's a password reset option).
  3. Once you're logged in, go to the Discover tab at the bottom of the screen and you'll see an option to join Streamer Academy.
  4. This course is designed around 4 digital badges and activity lists that increase in difficulty. Contact us if you run into any problems and watch our Twitch.tv streams and event calendar for alumni events! 

Desktop Computer Instructions

  1. Find Beanstack in our A-Z List or visit the site directly. Bookmark the Beanstack homepage to save time in the future.
  2. Create a Beanstack account (or sign in if you have one, there's a password reset option).
  3. Once you're logged in, the Beanstack website should take you to the Challenges tab. Scroll down until you see see an option to join Streamer Academy.
  4. This course is designed around 4 digital badges and activity lists that increase in difficulty. Contact us if you run into any problems and watch our Twitch.tv streams and event calendar for alumni events!
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