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Completed first Webcast on Sandbox A

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-27 12:17

Brad Hicks talked me through my first webcast today. I was able to record 20 minutes of audio using Skype and Nicecast archiving set-up. We used Sandbox A. I also experimented with hijacking iTunes. I was happy with the recording though I will need to be careful that my audio is not recording at a higher level than incoming audio in the Skype source.

I find that Audacity uses a lot of system resources so I was happy to be able to record/archive the audio within Nicecast. I used AIFF as a lossless recording but would like to test AAC and MP3 at another stage.

Thanks go out again for to Brad for giving up some of his Sunday afternoon to talk me through the use of Nicecast.

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Consenting adults - Who is willing to take me over?

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-08-22 05:19

I just described my continuing failure to stream. I tried uploading screenshots of the steps I take, but the server simply took too long to upload and I aborted the attempt.

Am I the ONLY PC intern trying and failing?

I'm determined to succeed, but determination hasn't got me very far up to now.

Does anyone know UNYTE? It's a program, Skype related, that allows consenting adults to take over each other's computers. Would anyone like to take over mine and get me streaming?


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web2learn Webcast #4

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-08-22 04:25
Teaching in Rural and Remote Locations series
This is the first webcast in a series on the topic of Teaching in Rural and Remote Locations in Australia. This series is being run in partnership with Edith Cowan University, South West campus. The aim is to give trainee teachers some insight into living and working in the types of locations they may be posted to in their first years of teaching. The discussion will focus on teaching and living in these communities, and how technology can assist teachers who find themselves isolated from professional support networks.

Our first guest was Terri van Zetten, a teacher in the Catholic school system, who has now taught rural/remote for a number of years now and who has a strong interest in using technology in the classroom.

This webcast originally went to air on Wednesday 16th of August 2006.

Download mp3 (24MB, 52min)

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Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-21 09:53

I log in.
Status is still: down - but 'login' has changed to 'logout'. Whatever I do with SimpleCast, I don't get connected.
Return to Shoutcast.
Try to log in again. Form for ID and password does not appear.
Inspect log. No evidence of my visit.
Deducation: my login, desüpite switch from 'login' to 'ogout' on Shoutcast is not effective - otherwise there would be something in the log.

Any suggestive comments welcome.


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Skypecast, practice, nicecast

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-21 02:15

This was practice for next sunday when the SEEDLINGS of Maine get together for a show about their vision for technology and teaching in the coming school year.
Here we go.
NexT Sunday August 27, 2030GMT. Join us if you can.

Go to Skypecast, search for SEEDLINGS of Maine.

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Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-21 01:38
Hey, guys, Today I listened to the EdTech Talk and had the chance to record it using Audacity, with my regular mic and no extra things, just adjusting the settings according to Jeff´s instructions. Cool!!! Everything went smoothly and I was happy to see that I could record it with no problems, although I had to give up my laptop and work on the other computer... Here are the screens of it. Later on I´ll try to play around with the audio. Thanks for all your help! Carla
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Calling other PC interns

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-20 12:24

I am good at overlooking things, but it does not seem as if there is a session today.

I cannot get beyond: ERROR when I have logged into Sand 04 and return to Simplecast. My other settings are correct, that even if they are wrong that should not affect, surely, the connection to Sand 04.

ARE THERE ANY PC INTERNS OU THERE experiencing the same problem, or who have solved it. I would love to hear from you, here or at:

[email protected]


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Liz and Randy - First Stream

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-08-19 15:18

Hi everyone...

Liz and I successfully streamed in Sandbox A. We briefly discussed an article in School CIO titled Six Mobile Breakthroughs.

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Heading offline for a while

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-08-19 04:38

Hello all,

   Just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be (mostly) offline for the next couple of weeks - we leave for Korea in a few hours. If any interns would like to host a workshop or schedule 'sandbox playtime', please do so.  Just click 'create content'/ event.  When you post an event, the default timezone is GMT, but you can choose any timezone you like.  That timezone will be the one shown to all visitors.  To avoid confusion, I very much suggest including a link to a timeanddate.com world times page, like this -
Workshop #SomethingA - Sunday, Sept. 3, 4pmGMT (global times).

You can also send a newsletter to all interns by clicking 'create content'/ newsletter and choose 'webcast academy intern newsletter'.

May the streaming force be with you and I will very much look forward to connecting upon return.

Anyong for now,

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Interview about Volunteer Work in South Africa

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-08-19 00:23

I thought I would post a brief interview that involved recording both ends of a Skype conversation. It finally turned out to be quite easy, requiring nothing more than setting Audio Hijack Pro to the Skype application and clicking record.

What I was most pleased about was the complete lack of latency. I did not hear any feedback or echo of myself in the headset. Another important feature for me was the quality of the recording with an iSight camera (firewire), as this is what we will use in our Mac lab for the Japanese students. Also the ease of use makes it possible to set up as a class assignment.

Unfortuntely a Persian teacher was meeting with students in Ryan's office when I called -- it is a little disurbing and for a recording that I would archive I would call back at another time. Still, it provides evidence for me that the recording will be satisfactory when other students are talking simultaneously.

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Still not managing....

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-08-17 06:29

Thanks very much, Plato, for answers, including screencasts.

I log into Shout Cast. (I've got the Firefor "remember pwd" function switched on. First time of trying I see it - afterwards I don't).

I go back to Simple Chat and chose MP3 and MP3Pro. I immediately get a disconnected, ERROR message.

Anything crucial in:

Encoders > MP3 Plus MP3 etc. >

Server Details
Stream archive



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Still encoders...

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-08-16 10:12

I've checked my settings, but I still get ERROR when I log in to the sandpit and right click with START within SIMPLE CAST. I did a screenshot of the message I received, but I can't get this interface to accept it.

No. Just tried again. Ctrl + V doesn't function, and neither will paste.

In SIMPLE CAST - WHICH plugin must I choose:

Legacy MPs
Ogg ?


Still determined to make it!

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Questions about Podcast for Teachers and Nicecast for Interns

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-08-16 02:43

Couple of things.

Caught the Podcast411 interview with Dr. Kathy King. Has she ever been a guest at EdTechTalk? She mentioned the Podcast for Teachers and iLearnRadio.org. Anyone had experience with these podcasts? I'll have to check them out.

Also, I wanted to try to record a screencast of the new Skype Conference Recorder for Mac from Ecamm. Tried last week with Cheryl, but had a couple snafus. Anyone up for a brief Skypecast, let me know.

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Utilizing Skills (to come)

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-14 21:12

I have been asked now by a Japanese Faculty to set up the language lab to record Skype conversations between students here and in Japan. This adds a very important interactive feature to our oral proficiency assessment. Thanks to the Webcast academy for the confidence to say 'yes, we can do that!' Of course, now I really do have to complete this first assignment.


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Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-14 12:27

Just tried all the encoders available within Simple Cast Encoder. They all tried, but non managed to open up.

I'd think this is probably just a configuration problem.

Can any PC interns who have been successful, give me a check loist?


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Getting closer to streaming all the time....

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-08-14 11:42

Simple Cast Encoder

I see there are 4 encoders possible:

MP3 plus (?)


1. Which is the encoder to use? (PC - Simple streaming, no UBS micro - that comes next.)
2. Are there any other essential bits of configuration necessary within Simple Cast Encoder to enure that everything works?

Looking forward to streaming into the sand box very shortly.


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Working with Nicecast/skype/Sandbox

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-13 21:22

This is an all in one reflection about Nicecast, hijacking, archiving,master gain, using a microphone.
On Sunday with lots of help from Alice and Jeff I was able to webcast in Sandbox B.
Nicecast is a free software, great to use as long as you don't go over 20 minutes. After the 20 min. you get white noise. Also, Nicecast on my older G3 ibook would skip with the stream, the hard drive was just too full and too old. So, today I migrated over to my new Macbook, with dual intel processor. However, Nicecast has some settings that need to be selected, checked and rechecked.
Thanks to Alice for her coaching. Please see Alice's hints for nice cast set up.

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Class of 1.2, Workshop#3a

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-13 20:42

Class of 1.2, Workshop#3a
Hosting, interviewing, & show management skills

August 13, 2006
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(20.4MB, 44:36)

Chat Transcript Below
New Screencast - Using the Webcast Academy Sandbox

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Towards streaming

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-13 19:01

PC. Everything configured for simple streaming. Using Simplecast. Log into sandbox.


1. "Server down". Does that mean server not working, or server free?????

2. If server is free: WHAT NEXT? Where does one start streaming.
There is a START button on Simplecast. Start there? Ican't see any "start" in sandbox.

It seems to me Simplecast's counter start rolling even if there is no sandbox connection.

3. How can one tell if one has really streamed?


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Terrorism and it's aftermath

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-08-13 15:00

I haven't written much here because I have other blogs that I post to. But today, while waiting for the session to begin, I thought I would post.

One of the things that has fallen out from this weeks terrorists arrests in UK, is that apparently, laptops are no longer going to be allowed as carry-on luggage on airlines.

I have no idea how many teachers this is going to affect, but I think it is a great candidate for a major change in how business deals with information and data. If your laptop has ever had an opportunity to view films of airline baggage handlers tossing bags through the air into the hold of the plane, it will surely close it's top and go into hybernation when it finds out that in the future it too, will be in that load of baggage tossed through the air. It's possible that the outcome of such events will be that laptops will be built that are much more sturdy than what we see on the market now...and of course, at least in the early stages those will likely be heavier and bulkier...just the opposite of where things were headed.

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