I've been part of the Ed Tech Talk community for over a year now. I've enjoyed listening to and participating in all of the Edtechtalk programs. My webcasting journey began this past May during the Webheads WiaOC 2007. I approached Jeff on my willingness to practice some basic webcasting. With Jeff and Doug's help I learned some basics. In the same month I approached Alice Mercer and Lisa Durff on starting a new Show, It's Elementary. After a month of planing and feedback we did our first Webcast on July 9th, 2007. Our first guest, Maria Knee joined the team. The Webcast Academy couldn't of come at a better time. I've enjoyed participating and collaborating in the true Open Souce Learning spirit. After five weeks on this rollarcoaster ride I am ready to graduate. My future Webcasting plans include; EFL Best Practices Webcast on EFL Bridges, Supporting and developing Spanish Language Webcasting on the Worldbridges network and continuing my work on the It's Elementary Webcast the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
Webcast Report (Interncast #1):
This was a Webcast I prepared and co-hosted with colleague, Rafael Murillo from my adult school. Planning went well. We invited teachers at our school. Carla Arena was kind enough to post event on Webheads Yahoo group. We had a small crowd. I was really impressed with my co-host. It was his first time participating in this interactive environment with text chat, dropping links, and a skype conference. The chatroom was very active with discussion and questions about technology and EFL teaching. Vance Stevens joined us for the rountable discussion and shared resources for Writing with EFL students and podcasting as well. The audio levels were good. The stream held up as well. Rafael committed to continuing this Webcast and we named it our Pilot. We expect to do show the 1st Saturday of each month at 16:00 GMT starting on October 2007 on the EFL Bridges site.
Webcast Report (Interncast #2):
I remember Jeff encouraging us to do some fun webcasting this summer. I invited my Cousin Jorge Adrian Rodriguez and my uncle Rosendo Rodriguez to do some storytelling. We explored the folklore and legends of Mexico. It was a great show. Kevin Sandridge came and shared also. I had a last minute change in computers when simplecast crashed on my streaming computer. Luckily I had set up my home desktop the night before and streamed from there. I didn't get a chance to work on audio levels. I was also calling two landlines and I could feel that my connection in skype was choppy. To my surprise the audio on my guests was OK. It was audio on my side that was very low. I was able to salvage and edit the raw audio. What the webcast lacked in audio quality it made up in content. I had a great time. I hope to encourage other Spanish language Webcasting on Worldbridges. My nephew Alan Acevedo Rodriguez is already webcasting Mexican music and culture programs independently.
Webcast Report (Interncast #3):
My original idea on webcasting was a technology showcase from my district. I had approached several people but didn't have any luck. It wasn't until I was already webcasting on ETT that I was able to make this happen. I was making general invites to It's Elementary Webcast when I approached Henry Anker and Mathew Needleman on my original idea. They already have a very strong web presence. I was able to secure the use of the districts Elluminate room. We met on Skype for planning and were on our way to a successful webcast. We had a good showing and I simulcasted on the Webcast Academy site. The Audio was very good. I recorded my usual backup on Audacity. I exported as a wav file to Levelator. Alice Mercer had reccomended before, well it does magic! I put back in Audacity and after editing exported as an mp3. I had attended Elluminate sessions before. As a moderator, I was especially impressed with the use of desktop sharing, whiteboard, and web tours inside Elluminate. The content was great and I had several interns show up inside Elluminate and on the stream. I am planning on offering periodic Webcasts from my district. I especially look forward to Webcasting live from our Spring conference.