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Same Antarctica; Different Robin

Well, on short notice, I was able to pull off another webcast on Ustream. I wanted to interview Dr. Robin Bell, a scientist about to head off to the interior of Antarctica. We weren't sure if we could connect, but confirmed everything at noon and had the webcast at 3 pm.

Antarctica Planning - Sept. 22, 2008

This was my first attempt at streaming video. I followed the advice from Alec Couros and had no problems. I experimented off of my ustream account with success. When I switched over to the webcastacademy ustream, I realized I couldn't log in. After a bit of panic and a rescue from JL, I found I had the wrong username. Simple to fix, but it got my adrenaline running!

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!!

Student Tech Talk-Episode #5

Student Tech Talk Episode

Another edition of "Student Tech Talk." Listen to a small group of students talk a little bit about politics and educational technology.  This is a group of students that I'm hoping will continue with the world of webcasting as they move into high school next year.  If you listen to them I'll think you'll agree that they have some pretty awesome webcasting skills!!


From Webcasting to SoftPhone Technology

In computing, a softphone is a software program for making telephone calls over the Internet using a general purpose computer, rather than using dedicated hardware. Often a softphone is designed to behave like a traditional telephone,

Gradcast Karen Dennis 2008-5-27

Here it is!  My Gradcast!  A very special Thank You to Laura Vedeen for being my guest, and to all who participated and helped me out along the way! Here is the link to my portfolio

Please see attached for chat log!


Here it is!  My third interncast!  This file is a recording of a final review session I held for students in my KNR 113 Personal Fitness class at Illinois State University.  I did have a couple of students Skype in with their questions, however, the majority of students asked their questions through the chat room.  Laura Vedeen, my graduate assistant, assisted as my "co-host."


This webcast was for students in my KNR 113 Personal Fitness classes at Illinois State University.  I have two sections of this class; one meets face to face and one is totally online.  

The current course content deals with nutrition, and students have an individualized diet analysis assignment they are to complete.  This webcast was designed to provide students an opportunity to ask general nutrition questions, specific questions regarding this assignment, along with an assignment on their cardiovascular health profile that is also due soon.   

The Interncast that wasn't...or kind of was...

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