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.
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
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.
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?
Dec. 17, 2006
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.
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).
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?
... 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.
Dec. 10, 2006
- Book of Webcasting, Hardware & Software Profile Pages
- Skypecast Alternatives
- New Year Webcastathon
- Open Troubleshooting
A discussion with Brad and Cathy that includes the appropriate use of technolog y in education to Australian Christmas stories.
Chat Log Below
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)
This is our 6th show. I heard all about Skype 3.0, but it is not available for Mac, yet. I limped along with 188.8.131.52, after theshow I upgraded to 184.108.40.206.We 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.
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.