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Deep probing questions for the experts and future plans

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2007-01-03 22:59
In order to complete my internship I must produce three webcasts correct? I have one in the works for this month but the date has yet to be set in stone. I have a plan for a second meeting which will be a forum for the educators from different states who have agreed to work collaboratively with teachers at my school this semester. They don't know about this meeting just yet! The final show, well that remains a mystery. I just know an idea will wander into sight and I'll snare it for the final show. Final is a strong word but without a team I don't think I could keep this up on my own. I think I'll be happy playing backup for wow2 and that's important. I will also be happy to help other new interns.

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Can you say Simplecast?

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2007-01-03 04:41
I can and I did! Yes, when push came to shove I managed to create a stream using Simplecast and it really worked. As it turns out my stream wasn't needed but the fact that I actually produced a working stream made me feel so relieved. Relieved, mystery solved. Guess how I did it? When Jen Wagner suggested I try because our very own Cheryl Oakes of the WOW2 webcast, was temporarily off the radar with a bad connection, I pulled up Jeff's screencast and let him walk me through it. It took about 8 minutes to get it going and at the same time Lee who had also been on the job created a stream from the edu bridges site. My stream was produced through the webacademy sandbox so it wasn't ideal. Despite the fact that I wasn't needed after all, it was a personal achievement and I was elated. Now I really can be a backup for Cheryl if she needs me. I also used my school's edirol to make the recording. It came in a little low but with the normalize function in Audacity the sound was fine.

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Fade out

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-12-29 12:39
I just wanted to apologise and say thanks to all at the Webcast Academy. The pressures of work and life have got in the way in the last month or so, hence my fading from active participation. Like others here I guess, I typically take on too much. Congratulations to Anne for the Edublog award. I hope to re-engage at some point, but until then best wishes to all of you for the new year.
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New Year Webcastathon Ahoy!

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-12-23 04:09

Hello all 1.x interns,

Firstly, thanks to all of you for making the inaugural year of the Webcast Academy such an interesting one. The 2007 New Year Webcastathon is almost here.

Doug will be discussing things on N. American Thursday night, December 28 6pmPST/9pmEST/ 2am GMT (global times) and the webcastathon itself begins on Friday Dec. 29 9pmEST / Saturday December 30 2amGMT (global times) and will wrap up on Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6pmEST/2300GMT (global times). We probably won't be going non-stop, but trying to fill as much of the time as possible with live discussions - reflecting on the past year, planning for the year ahead, and just having a live, interactive, global New Year's party.

All interns are welcome to participate - please edit this tentative schedule in the Book of Webcasting to sign up for any time slots. Feel free to discuss any topic of interest and/or invite any guest. If you're not sure you'll be able to stream without a safety net, please indicate that on the schedule, and chances are we'll be able to find a streamer for you. If you were part of a 1.x class, but never followed through and haven't stopped by the Academy for quite a while, please know you are still welcome.

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I Had to Cheat

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-12-22 01:23

     Just want to let you know that my unsuccessful journey down the road of webcasting, has left me only one option… to cheat.  I’ll remind you, I am the person without a stereo mix option on either my home computer or my school laptop – both Dell.  I originally called tech support but hung up frustrated.  While attending the NCETC I looked up the Dell rep to pl

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Women of WEB 2.0 Show 7, show 8,parts 1 and parts 2

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-12-21 10:47

Whoops we missed a week. However, here are the shows week 7, and a 2 part show for week 8.


Week 7 David Warlick and Sheryl NB.

Week 8 Leslie Fisher



or listed here.


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Confusing Musings

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-12-21 03:09
I haven't used my secret access code yet to test simplecast. I have other more pressing concerns at the moment. I have listened in to many webcasts over the past several weeks and I still feel like Dorothy when she visits the wizard for the first time. I'm not sure what lies beyond the curtain.

   1. How exactly is the initial call set up?
   2. Is the host, guest and other primary speakers on a separate conference call just in case skype doesn't work?
   3. What exactly are the contingency plan steps? Is there a checklist? If skype is going to begin charging what does that mean for us?

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Meeting 1.3.9

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-12-19 00:11
Webcast Academy Meetin 1.3.9
 Dec. 17, 2006
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Discussion of wrapping up the Class of 1.3,  what lies ahead, and planning the New Year's Webcastathon.  Interns, please add your shows to the 2007 New Year Webcastathon schedule.  If you'd like to do a show/host a discussion but are not ready to stream solo, please post a request for streaming support in the forums.

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Jeff, Doug, Dave?

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-12-16 17:03
How do I book the sandbox to practice the streaming set up? I went to the schedule and it didn't look too full but I was unable to sign up. If you are all busy with Holiday preparations I could do my test on January 2nd or 3rd any time during the day because I have off work. Please let me know how to proceed. Thanks. Kathy Shields
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The Absolutely Intercultural session

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-12-12 10:38

This was my first live show. It was short and I had responsibility for very little but still I had problems concentrating even though I have quite a bit of experience hosting live online multimedia meetings. A huge thank you to Jeff for seeing to the webcast hosting, streaming and recording. What was there left to do? Hosting and keeping an eye on the chat. I discovered that all my attention was centred on the hosting and I missed most of the chat as a result.

Skype was not optimal but the recording is usable (which is one of my main goals). Have a little question about how I download Jeff's audio file. It behaves differently on different computers and here at work it opened in in Windows media player and I was able to go to files and 'save as' but then got only the first ten minutes?? When I tried save as again I was horrified to find 3 Gb waiting to be downloaded so stopped the second attempt. (The first attempt had told me the file was about 37Mb which seemed reasonable).

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The eagle has landed

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-12-11 21:13

Like most of the interns in 1.3 I have struggled with my audio settings, wrestled with my microphones and tried to rewire my virtual audio cables. All this to be met with consistent failure sprinkled with a healthy dose of encouragement along the way. Enough with the history lesson let me get to the good news! I did it! Last night I was testing my new R1-edirol digital recorder. I was very happy because I was able to use the headphone jack out from the computer and the line-in into my device. I attached my basic headset to the recorder to see if it was picking up anything. Affirmative. I tried a skype call and entered a skypecast. Fine. The only difficulty arose when I tried to join the skypecast. Hmmm, the desktop mic was in the USB but even with some selection adjustments no-go. Ah ha! Why not open the VAC. Yes! The key was in the order I opened the utilities. (Jeff has said this before, I bow down to the great and powerful wizard) I had my R1 attached, the desktop mic plugged in,then I opened and started VAC. Finally I opened and launched the skypecast. I listened through my headphones attached to the R1 and spoke through the desktop mic plugged into the USB. Success! I'm ready to try streaming. I know, I know. When is it available you ask? I don't know but I plan to find out soon. Would any interns like to join me for this exciting first? Let me know. I'm just alittle happy, can you tell?

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My first telephony recording...

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-12-10 19:47

... happened during this evening's webcast academy weekly meeting. I thought it had happened last Thursday but when I listened to the playback I found that the flat level of noise was not me being recorded quietly but was in fact noisy silence.

However over the last week I have made progress in eliminating echo on Skype by dividing the job of recording and playback between my USB soundcard and my internal soundcard.

And this evening I managed to make a recording. The attached file is not coherent as it consists of three test slices of the meeting and I have not edited it at all. I notice that the sound levels are very variable. I was controlling sound levels through Audacity but the recording would need more manipulation to level them out  even further if I were publishing this.

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Meeting 1.3.8

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-12-09 15:58
Webcast Academy Meetin 1.3.8
 Dec. 10, 2006
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- Book of Webcasting, Hardware & Software Profile Pages
- Skypecast Alternatives
- New Year Webcastathon
- Open Troubleshooting


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Webcastacademy, Pre-Brainstorm Edition

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-12-08 06:15

A discussion with Brad and Cathy that includes the appropriate use of technolog y in education to Australian Christmas stories.

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Chat Log Below

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Rapport on weekly EuroMiniMeeting 7.12.06

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-12-07 21:21
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The Euromeeting on Thursday the 7.12.06 was hosted by Anne Fox in a

skypecast-room and recorded and edited (strongly) in Audacity and

streamed to Sandbox A and B with SAM Broadcastiing by Niels. Before

the start we played Beethowen 5. sym found on wikimedia - and a litte

glimse of Danish music (Kim Larsen: Kloden drejer stille rundt = the

Earth is turning silent around) just to suppress Doug a little (sorry

for that, Doug)

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Skypecast booking system broken

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-12-07 17:35
As I continue to fail to record using VAC, I thought it was just my luck that I couldn't book a Skypecast for Monday. Using the skypecast booking system and having chosen the date I got the message that it was not possible to book a session more than two weeks in advance. I found this baffling but having notified Skype support they have replied that this is a problem they are aware of and which they are working to rectify. Just in case anybody else out there is experiencing the same frustration.
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Women of web 2.0 week 6

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-12-07 02:49

This is our 6th show. I heard all about Skype 3.0, but it is not available for Mac, yet. I limped along with, after theshow I upgraded to had over 20 people in the skypecast, a dozen in the chat. It was a busy show. Finally I was able to mute all, and select the individuals who asked to speak.

Webcasting gets easier, but the glitches are the same. Put the goggles on, seatbelts and sometimes a bungee cord to get through the show!

Over and out.

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Insider's Analysis: Webcast Academy as a Learning Community

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-12-05 14:09

I have posted about the recent reaction paper I had to submit for my Masters course, which examines the Academy as an online learning community, over at EducationBridges.  Please note that I feel this barely covers the wide range of issues I looked at when researching for the paper.  I had to cut back quite a lot to keep within the assigned word limit.


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Finding a Metaphor for Success

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-12-03 20:59
This blog is an extension of some of the ideas discussed in today's' skype conference...The webcast academy already has several metaphors currently in use.  One is the 'academy' and the other is 'bridges'.  A third general metaphor is 'community'.  In a way having three 'identities' can be a little confusing.  A new visual model would serve as the hanger for new ideas. By visual I am mean image based as opposed to text based.  To me text is auditory, it's just an internal dialogue.  A site needs to have a strong metaphor and graphical interface if it's going to build a community image in the users mind.  Users need to construct a mental model of the community. They need to define their role as well as the roles of others. They must be able to find their way around the community easily, unless the goal is to create a maze and reward only those who can figure it out.It's like browsing a multidimensional universe.

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