Yesterday’s TechForum in Austin was a lot of fun, not only because there were lots of past as well as new acquaintances to visit with and meet, but also because the event provided my first opportunity to use Ustream.tv. To follow the blog posts and flickr images related to the conference, visit David Warlick’s updated Hitchhikr page for the conference.
After being encouraged by David Jakes and Miguel Guhlin the night before the conference, I decided to try and “live stream” my keynote address as well as subsequent break-out session with Miguel over the Internet using Ustream. I had seen Will Richardson use Ustream briefly a few weeks ago, but hadn’t actually set up an account our tried it before Thursday night. Just prior to the keynote I activated the live stream to test settings. Audio was sending fine, but no video. I activated the built-in chat channel, and Jennifer Wagner (from California) provided me with just-in-time tech support to configure my video settings. One setting change (which is detailed in the Ustream FAQ for iSight cameras on MacBook laptops, I later saw) and all was running!
I’m not sure how many people ended up being in the keynote session via IP-TV, but we were up to at least 23 people during the breakout session with Miguel. During that second session we did make an effort to field questions not only from the local audience, but also the remote audience. This was truly an experience in blended and distributed learning!
I recorded both of these live recordings, and am embedding them below in case you want to watch them. These are, of course, unedited, and my first attempt at a live webcast from a conference using Ustream, so please forgive what I am sure will be an amateur level of video quality. If you viewed this Ustream presentation live, I’d love to know who you are, where you were when you viewed the preso, and what you thought of the experience.
I am going to try and capture these videos offline and share them as video podcasts. I’m not sure how long Ustream will host these presentation files online for free. All this live webcasting and recording with Ustream.tv was completely free, btw. Here are the two archived webcasts:
TechForum07 Breakout session with Miguel Guhlin: Empowering and Protecting Tomorrow’s Digital Citizens
– Presentation slides (links coming)
– Ustream.tv archived video recording (Length: 72:56)
– Embedded version:
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