Memories and Overcoming Live Skype Problems

I was up early this morning hoping to have a Skype link up with some friends in North Wales at a Reunion dinner. Synchronising time after a clock change made some fascinating maths!

I had two Macs running and had tested cameras and microphones a number of times. A test run earlier in the day with my host at the dinner had worked well although there was some latency.

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Given the live nature of the event I was keen to have an alternative plan. Once we started testing the link for the live feed it was clear we had a number of problems.

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I had not prepared a message in advance but as soon as the difficulties occurred I started looking for alternatives. Given I live in rural New South Wales some of the bandwidth available to me limited the options I had.

1. On one of my computers I had the old iMovie version.

2. I used the iSight camera to record the picture and a USB microphone for sound.

3. I exported the video as a .mov file to CD format for a file size of 5Mb. (A one minute message)

4. I tried to share the file via Skype (the first time I had tried this) but the file share failed.

5. My host recommended YouSendit.com but I was unsure about the sign up requirements.

6. I decided to use my Google video account to share the file and despite the bandwidth problems I have the upload and processing occurred very quickly.

7. I posted the link on our Skype chat and my hosts at the Reunion had the option of playing the video.

I am delighted that I found a way around the difficulties we experienced. The Reunion was very important to me. I have never attended a reunion of any kind but the opportunities to meet friends from 35 years ago made me think about flying from Australia to attend.

My video indicates why this was important.

Ironically the game the Reunion was celebrating was the start of my professional involvement in sport and I have spent the last thirty years working with educational technology in sport. It was fascinating that an early morning in Mongarlowe could trigger such memories.

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Each week I become more and more fascinated by what we can share. Twitter has accelerated this process for me although this week I have not participated at all.

Earlier this year I intiated some posts entitled Food for Thought and aspired to write a weekly alphabet update of blogs. I managed two editions of the post. I realised that despite my best intentions my divergent thinking sent me off on journeys that were hard to stop. I found them to be wonderful vectors of discovery.

I started this post in a workshop on Educating the Net Generation whilst managing to ignore Yammer, TweetDeck and Facebook!

Recently this TED video of Pattie Maes sent me off on another learning journey:

Such journeys are framed by many of the links Stephen Downes shares in OLDaily. I really enjoyed his most recent discussion of networks. I wondered if I had become an accidental connectivist after hearing a marvellous interview with David Kilcullen on Radio National. I had previously linked Stephen with Jeanette Winterson in an early post in this blog. I think Stephen and David would have a great deal to share too!

I found this presentation by David Wiley via Mike Bogle‘s Facebook post. It provided a great adjunct to Stephen’s presentation and explored openness and disaggregation in higher education.

YouTube had some fascinating action this week and the YouTube Symphony received a great deal of publicity. This is a link to one of the Australian contestants. I thought it was entirely appropriate that Michael Tilson Thomas was involved in this event.

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I thought this much publicised YouTube video (17 million plus viewers 93,000 comments, 84,000 ratings) of Susan Boyle put the whole week in perspective for me … dreams do come true!

World Digital Library

It has taken me some time to catch up with developments at the World Digital Library (WDL). I missed this blog post from Lucinda Byatt‘s World of Words but did visit the WDL website.

From the WDL website:

The World Digital Library will launch on April 21, 2009. … and will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.

I used Vodpod to import a WDL introduction video:

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more about “World Digital Library“, posted with vodpod