Last week I joined the 3.1 class at Webcast Academy as an intern.
The Academy is a hands on, collaborative training center for people interested in learning how to produce and host live, interactive webcasts. It is part of the Worldbridges Webcasting Network and was founded to help train those who would like to webcast on Worldbridges, but all are welcome to make use of the open source learning resources and participate in collaborative training sessions.
I’ve embraced every new tool thrown my way and have lurked around EdTechTalk long enough to know that I want to learn how to webcast . I think it would cool to interview and discuss current trends with other technology-loving teachers or even provide a weekly show to follow up on ideas and lessons after I give a conference presentation.
A new project that I will start this fall is an after-school technology club just for girls. We call ourselves Digital Divas 2.0 and I think that webcasting would be a wonderful outlet for expression.
Besides reading through the introduction materials and learning how to set up Audacity and Skype, our first assignment was to record a one-minute audio introduction. The purpose of this assignment was not so much what we said, but to practice using the software, exporting it correctly, applying the ID3 tags and naming conventions. I am pretty familiar with audacity so I wanted to add an music intro (from ccmixer) but decided against it and will save it for another lesson.
The process went pretty well. I drafted my introduction first and recorded it a couple of times to get the timing down. I first found that I speak too fast and tend to slur my “s” (a habit I picked up from my big sister when i was little) so I purposely tried to slow down and make my voice lower. I don’t want it to sound too monotone but not too casual either. It was OK. I made one tiny mistake on my final recording – but its fine for now.
I love all the screencasts on the Webcast Academy. I like being able to pause the lesson, go to my software and make the required changes and then go back to the screencast. Great job guys.
So my first impression is great. I definitely need to purchase a better microphone and record in a quieter place (the phone rang once!). So far so good
Cross-posted at Webcast Academy.net