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Matt Montagne


Hi! My name is Matt Montagne and I'm a Webcastacademy Class of 2.4 Intern (Derrall Garrison and Pam Shoemaker were our awesome facilitators). I'm looking forward to finishing off my experience, doing my gradcast, and graduating from the Webcastacademy!

Webcast Report (Interncast #1): 

On Friday, February 8th, 2008 Sheila, Sonja, Karen and I had the honor of speaking to Paul Goodyear, World War II veteran and survivor on the USS Oklahoma/Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th, 1941.  This was a wonderful conversation with an amazing man.  All-in-all, I think this went very well for our first shot at this. I did have some crazy echoing at the end of the conversation which made things difficult.  I'm glad we were all able to include some students in the conversation as well.  In addition to students and teachers participating in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, we were also joined by some folks in southeast Michigan and Washington DC.

The four of us collaborated used a wiki resource to cull information and prepare for the talk.  Please visit the wiki for links and background on Paul's story.

Also, Paul is very accessible and is willing to share his story live with you and your group.  Contact one of us directly for Paul's contact information.

Webcast Report (Interncast #2): 

Today I had a conversation with a student of mine, Alex, about his experience testing out the school owned Asus eeePC a few weeks ago.  During his trial of the PC Alex took the computer between school and home and really put it to the test.  He used it during the school day for note taking and he also used it with a small group project where the students used a wiki and a Voki.

We had three other people listen to the conversation, and this really made it more enjoyable (thank you for hopping in and joining, Pam!)  It was fun pulling stuff out of the chat for Alex to respond to.  This definitely made the experience more interactive (and Alex appreciated the compliments that were sent his way!)

The audio was a little wonky, and this is probably due to the fact that Alex was using Skype on the eeePC device from his home.  I think the built-in mic on the eeePC is a little "tinny" and this probably had an effect on the recorded audio quality as well.

Also, this was my first experience having a conversation bonk out in skype and while streaming.  This was edited out of the conversation, but it was a good experience to work through.

Webcast Report (Interncast #3): 

This is a conversation with three of my students about technology, society and culture.  My goal with these student webcasts is to kind of sit back and let the students take over.  So they do the intro, the outro, and hopefully moderate the flow of the conversation. 

One of the things I'd like to do is to moderate a regular/semi-regular youth webcast series.  The students are really, really engaged in this format I must say.  

A special thanks goes out to RoRowe for joining us in the chat and listening live. 

 Oh, yeah.  And I finally remembered to press the "Archive" button!!

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