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Web Conferencing and Webcasting System

ePresence Interactive Media is an Open Source Web Conferencing and Webcasting system that delivers video and synchronized presentation media over the internet using multiple streaming formats for multiple platforms. Freeware from the University of Toronto, Canada

http://epresence.tv/products

http://sourceforge.net/projects/epresence/ 

First interncast on Antarctica

Just posted my first interncast. I had recorded it before our Feb. vacation. I had trouble getting into Sandbox A beforehand and wondered what I was doing wrong. Lee came to the rescue. Figured I was doing everything right, so switched to B and it worked fine. Thanks for the support Lee!

World Time

For the global visualization of time zones and clocks on your desktop (freeware):

Desktop Sun Tracker 

http://www.herethere.net/dt/

This software displays two versions of the world map, a day, and a night version, and fades between them to show which portions of the world are in daylight, and which aren't. In other words, this is a dynamic wallpaper that updates based on where the sun is relative to the surface of the earth.

Breitling World Time

Microphone Monitoring Tool

NATSpectrum

A nice small freeware tool to display live microphone input levels (meaning audio gain and frequency - the starting point for audio quality control in a gain structure), plus a mic volume and mute switch, and a headset volume level switch

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=43372

Book Review about Webcasting and Streaming

For those thirsting on more detail and background information about Webcasting and Streaming, may I recommend the following titles:

Hands-On Guide To Webcasting, Internet Event and AV Production, Steve Mack & Dan Rayburn, Focal Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-240-80754-6, ISBN-10: 0-240-80754-5

This book is a requirement for the follow-up publication in second edition:

My thoughts as a newbie

I am always looking for ways to help build communities and find ways to communicate. Especially when it comes to connecting parents and schools. So when I happened upon Webcast academy and Edtechtalk I knew that there were some good things going on in this community. I am technically literate and a have a good knowledge of how to use the Internet and related technologies. Thankfully the door was opened and I dove right into a world of screencasts, broadcasts and exciting visionary people to help me out. Despite my skills, some days I felt totally overwhelmed and challenged. I was told it would be like that.

As I set up the Parent Involvement webcast, Parents as Partners, it became very clear that the audience that the web cast would be targeting would need some hand holding.

My first interncast!

Well, I did it!  My first interncast!  I was so nervous beforehand. I was beginning to wonder what I had gotten myself into.  However, all went well, and I now am beginning to believe that I can do this.  I am absolutely amazed by technology, and the incredible opportunities that it affords us.  I think I was so nervous, because there was the realization that anyone from around the world could listen in.  While I realized that there would be in all reality very few (if anyone) listening in, it hit me that with webcasting, the world is really in my backyard.  That is so overwhelming, yet so awesome!  How fortunate for those of us who educate and learn today!  There is literally a world of knowledge at our fingertips! 

Interview with Pearl Harbor survivor.

Thanks to Matt Montagne, I was able to join in on the live interview with the Pearl Harbor survivor on the USS Oklahoma. This was a "jump right in" opportunity for me and Matt made it very easy for us. Our 8th graders are learning about WWII and the USO, so it was opened up to the students. I also had some interested 7th graders participating. Several adults and both administrators were there. 

Earth Day 2008 Webcastathon!

Hi Everyone-

I wanted to follow up our conversation from last Sunday's intern class where we were kicking around the idea of an Earth Day 2008 Webcastathon.  Doug Symmington is joining in the fun and we have a teacher from the UK who is going to participate as well.   Ideally it would be great if we could have the entire 24 hours of the GMT day scheduled with moderators from all over the globe!

To sign up, either drop your name in the planning wiki, leave a comment here, or leave a comment at my professional blog where I left a post about this concept.

Cheers!

Matt

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