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Meeting 1.3.5

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-19 16:46

Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.5
Sunday, Nov. 19, 200
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  • The Webcast Academy Moodle
  • Open Troubleshooting
  • Interncast Schedule (starting to produce shows with support of oldtimers, if necessary) 
Chat Log Below

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Recording Skype on Mac OS X :: Thank You Kathy

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-19 15:54
Thank you Kathy for recommending Audio Hijack Pro. I have recorded a conversation with the Skype Lady. She is so fine, always available when we need here. If you are still having problems with recording Skype calls, stop fooling around and get Audio Hijack Pro. The free download works just fine. You only have to pay when you want to record more than 10 minutes. So there's lot's of functionality before paying for the product. I'm going to try out more features before I purchase, but hey, it works without any fuss. Well....when I first clicked on Skype >Record it said I needed to download additional software, but that took a second and I was off and running after rebooting Skype.

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I listened in on the Women of Web 2.0 Webcast

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-11-18 11:22
Last Tuesday while I was staying in downtown Atlanta for the GaETC I listened in on and chatted with the WOW 2.0 women, cheryl, sharon, Jen and Vicki. The next day we tried to meet up but in a sea of 2000 it's hard to find someone you've never met. Coincidently, later that evening while relaxing and getting a bite to eat I found them (except Cheryl in ME) sitting right next to me! They fueled my fire and I'm now recruiting people for a webcast. I plan to do mine in January. This will give me time to collect the people, train them if need be and prepare an outline for the topic (TBD).

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Message to Euro Team from Jeff (forwarded by Dennis)

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-11-18 06:42
Dear Jeff and Euro Team,

I have a Power Gramo recording of at least part of the meeting. I will post it as an historical document - documentation of a Skype echo problem!

On 18/11/06, Jeff Lebow <[email protected]> wrote: Hello Euro Team ,

Delighted to hear that you had good meeting Thursday. Hope someone got a decent recording that can be posted.
Just wanted to mention
A) 1900kb down, 450kb up should be adequate for hosting a skype conf and streaming. It's comparable to what I get. CPU usage might be another issue.
B) Had an interesting discussion about the use of the Webcast Academy Moodle and other site management issues that may be of interest
C) Whenever you decide on a date/time for the next EuroMeeting, please do post it on the event calendar (Create Content/event) with a link to the global time. That way, interns who haven't been keeping up with posts will be able to see at a glance when it's happening.

Happy Weekend to all,

Thanks for joining the MiniEuro Meeting last night – we were missing Andrew and Bengt – and Jeff

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Euro mini-meeting yesterday 16.11 17:00 GMT

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-11-17 06:04

Still confused where to post.


Present were Niels, who called the meeting, Sus and Anne from Denmark and me from Germany. Niels managed to stream our proceedings on sandpits A and B, plus record on Audacity. I started recording on Audacity, but had to switch off because it was interferring with other people's connection. I also recorded on Gramo - but there is nothing worth uploading anywhere.


1. Started off as a Skypecast. Niels had trouble with other people trying to get in.

2. Switched to an ordinary Skype conference.

3. Sus had difficulties getting in.

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Webcast Academy Moodle Discussion

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-11-17 05:47

Webcast Moodle Discussion
November 16, 2006
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Art, Doug, Brad, & Jeff discuss Webcast Academy organizational issues in general, and Moodle based courses in particular (see WebcastAcademy.com)

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Pilots check-list before departure - a list of settings from Niels

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-16 13:37

My settings for a working system for recording AND streaming:

Soundcard: SigmaTel C-Major Audio v. (11.03.05)

USB-mic from Logitech – AK5379 – driver MS 5.1.2535.0 (01.07.01

Installed: full version of AVC – Audio Virtuel Cabels – or ask Jeff! + all programs form the webcas kit for windows

SYSTEM: WinXP professional v. 2002 - servicepak 2 -

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SpaceCast - Oh to Be 13!

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-16 11:32
SpaceCast Episode #9 from our middle school elgg students (personallearningspace.com) contemplate some very important questions - "What is it like....." (to  be 13 in Virginia, to  be 14 in New York, for my mom to be 13). I know I would not want to be 13 again but listen in for some different opinions from Paul Allison, Lee Baber and Madeline Brownstone classrooms for a student cast session that is really starting to grow up.  Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wednesday continue to discuss plans for the cast. We will be back on November 17th at 10:30 am EST -- 15:30 GMT. (Click here to subscribe to SpaceCast).

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Audacity Controlling my Sound Control Panel...

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-16 03:31

Hi --- I was webcasting last week through an pa system -- so I was going directly into my soundcard via a 1/8 inch audio cable from the mixing board. I selected the Stereo Mix Audio Recording Control and put the volume up and was not getting any input from my sound card to Simplecast or Audacity. I panicked, restarted Simplecast, checked my audio settings -- nothing seemed to work. So I closed and opened Audacity, and then I saw that the microphone was selected in the audio input in Audacity. I changed that to Audio Mix and that fixed the problem.

So what does this all mean? I think that Audacity may take over some of your Audio settings on your computers, so checking the settings there before you start streaming is important. I hope that this helps some of you.

- Alex

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My SigmaTel Woes

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-16 00:49
I am sad to say I still cannot record a call with the Skype Lady. I have talked to her so many times I am hearing her in my dreams. I felt like I was really making progress until I hit the wall with my SigmaTel sound card. When I access my sound properties, under the record option, I do not have the stereo mix option or the wave option. I did receive a link from this group for a different driver, but that did not work. That driver disabled all sound. It could have been that by the time I tried the new driver I had already installed (and paid for VAC).


Since my desktop is new, I decided to contact Dell. After a long online chat and a phone call, Dell told me they had the solution, but if I wanted to know it would cost me $99.00.

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3rd Webcast for Women of Web 2.0

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-11-15 22:09

This is the 3rd webcast for Women of Web 2.0.

Cheryl was webcasting from Wells, ME, Jennifer, Vicki and Sharon were in Atlanta at the Georgia State Technology Conference.

We discussed blogging and different conference offerings. There were 20 people in the skypecast, and about 12 people in the Worldbridges Chat.

Thanks to Jeff and Dave for hosting this great opportunity. Thanks to all the listener.

I'll be posting to iTunes this week, so you will be able to RSS the podcast. Thanks for the suggestion.

Over and out,


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The Dave and Nancy Show

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-11-15 21:54
I just wanted to congratulate Alex and Arvind (et al) and Dave Cormier and Nancy White for one of the most engaging audio experiences I have ever encountered. The recording on EdTechTalk was mind blowing- from Alex's wonderful introduction (so powerful and so right) to the remarkable double-header performance by Dave and Nancy. The presentation style and use of audio in this NYCIST 2006 conference presentation (entitled 'The Eight Competencies of Online Interaction: What Should We Be Learning and Doing?') was perefect. The presentation was an example of how multiple voices create more than vocal ping pong when the potential for raport and personality is let loose.

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The Pirates of Second Life

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-11-15 14:34

Looks like Second Life is experiencing some growing pains.  I wonder how long it will be before we see some significant (and highly restrictive) DRM creep it's way in-world?

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Testing out i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-11-14 14:10

Thanks to a remark from Bengt I have started testing out this amazing software: i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional

Read more about this test - here in the webcastbook

Anyone like to try this out - and give a repport back in the WebCastBook?


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Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-11-14 01:16
I have come to the conclusion that this class is really good for me. I have usually jumped into a project with both feet and after floundering around had success. This one is a real challenge. I started this week thinking I would finally get going. Only to find that VAC will not install on my home computer. I have it at work, but my XP machine here just chokes. I get a message that it can't copy a file to a particular folder because it can't find the path. However, the path is there - I'm stumped AGAIN. Besides that, today I couldn't even get one of the computers in a lab in one of my schools to work using USB headphones - the sound insisted on coming through both the headphones and the monitor speakers.

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Step by step

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-13 18:27

I am beginning to realise that what I need to produce is a set of procedures which are tailored to my equipment and set-up. I also realise that, had I come to webcasting via the webcasting books available currently on the market then I probably would never have even attempted it, as the extracts of books currently available that I have seen sound sooo complicated. Anything published was probably written at least a couple of years ago and I guess things move fast.

I am also beginning to realise that it is highly over-ambitious to think that I could host a webcast before the end of the year. Since I had sound problems yesterday, all I could do was watch Jeff's desktop in the webhuddle. What an education! Constantly switching from one window to the other, adjusting this, adjusting that, keeping an eye on the other. Not sure I'm up to multi-tasking to that degree as well as keeping up my end of the conversation!

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Webcastacademy.com - New course in the moodle

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-13 18:10

I've added a new section to the webcastacademy.com Moodle site. There's now a wiki in the course I thought we could use as a group to flesh out what the course should include (and as an easy way for me to start identifying the lesson sections in the site.

Since this is supposed to be a collaborative effort, I'd like to identify people who are willing to help generate the content for the lessons so we can start building this out. I'm not sure who mentioned it during Sunday's call, but creating a self-study series of lessons in combination with classroom style lessons is an excellent idea for adult education in my book.

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Complexity of audio recording...

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-13 16:24
In the process of traversing the learning curve for the Webcast Academy I've come to some observations not of the technical bent but of the philosophical one. My technical background allows me the latitude to tackle the more complex implementation requirements for the system setups, but I can see this being a very high price of admission for non-technical educators making the jump into this space. The classic debate of "digital natives vs. digital immigrants" personifies, to me at least, the audiences that will have a higher likelihood of success as compared to those likely to struggle.

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Audio is nothing more than a series of tubes

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-13 15:50
I was finally able to successfully record both sides of a Skypecast recently, and during the trials and tribulations of configuring the system, I came up with a way to do it without the wonderful in-ear echo that you sometimes get. The configuration only takes Audacity, Skype, three Virtual Audio Cables, and four Audio Repeaters. (I say only with a bit of sarcasm.) Here's a flow showing how this "series of tubes" gets plumbed: http://www.gliffy.com/publish/1100863/L I'll try and explain in detail how this works in my next post. For now, think about the virtual audio cables as rea

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Meeting 1.3.4

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-12 01:13

Meeting 1.3.4
November 12, 2006

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  • Introduction/Opening
  • Share Good / Bad Experience using Audacity
  • How do VAC really work? (Diagram of VAC)
  • Skypecast Control- New Screencast about Skypecasting
  • Bandwidth Concerns
  • Brainstorm how to use Webcast - Bring at least one good idea.
  • Share experience with trying streaming
  • Questions and word is free
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