Category Archives: Netcast

Academic Aesthetic 152

They're links!  Get it?Just audio this time. I have a dentist’s appointment tomorrow and I’m afraid that I will be unable to speak at all afterwards, or at least not well since my face may or may not be numb.

Aaaaaaaaaaaanyway, today’s ‘cast shares three links, all taken from this list of links that include the tag “teachers20.” (The tag was created so that the links could show up automatically in the Teachers2.0 Twitter feed, which is a lot more popular than I am. My creation has usurped me! …. oh well. We also have a Ning site, if you’re into that.)

Academic Aesthetic 151: Old New Media

This is my first podcast recorded MOSTLY using Apple’s Photo Booth, a program that can record still pictures or video.  It was never actually intended for podcast creation, as I found out the hard way.  As much as I loved playing with the software, half the clips I recorded had no audio whatsoever.  This phenomenon was totally random, so towards the end I was resorting to recording short bursts and then immediately checking to see how it turned out.

Photo Booth may be a fun toy, but from now on I think I’ll be using other software for my podcasting needs.

Oh, and today’s episode has me rambling on about how people are using Twitter and its clones in lieu of recording podcasts and posting blogs.  I don’t think this is a bad thing, since any message that can be summarized in 140 characters should be presented that way – short, sweet, and to the point.

However not every idea can be made so brief, as evidenced here.

I think Twitter is a good thing because  that means that we can expect blog entries to be reserved for more complex ideas, while posts that show off a new website or tell us what you had to eat can be reserved for another feed entirely.

Academic Aesthetic 150

eyes closedSo, here I am two weeks into the new year and I’ve yet to get started on my new year’s resolution. I thought I was getting ahead of the game by writing up some podcast scripts after Christmas, but now they seem kind of dated and, well, I can’t find them.

Oh, well.

All things considered I have been quite busy. Those who follow my Twitter and Pownce accounts may have noticed I post almost nothing on the weekends – and with the exception of my planning days were I’m constantly in front of my computer to fill out all sorts of paperwork, a lack of postings means I have a lot on my plate.

But enough of that before this turns into an “Oh, I have too much to do, I shouldn’t even be recording this right now!” podcast.


It’s too late for that?

Feh. Moving on, I’m really liking Pownce. For those of you not in the know, Pownce is very much like Twitter in that it’s a micro-blog format. Both are designed to share small messages, links, and so on with others. Pownce goes further in regards to media sharing and organizing your friend lists. You can actually put, say, all of your friends who are art teachers into one group, math teachers in another, science teachers in another, family in another, and so on, and send links and messages only to those groups that would be interested in that subject.

I’m sure my sister, for example, doesn’t really care about the highlights of last week’s faculty meeting. This way, she wouldn’t see it.

Now Twitter’s still in the running. The tools for embedding Twitter into web pages seem more robust than the ones for Pownce, and if you’re a text messaging fanatic Twitter will win hands down.

But for how I use it, I like Pownce a lot more. I loved it when I first got an invite to sign up, and I was reminded of how much I liked it a couple weekends ago when a huge chunk of the edublogosphere tried it out for a day at Steve Dembo’s request.

Alas, the following week most of them were all back on Twitter. A social network can have all the features in the world, but it’s still nothing without a critical mass of members. Twitter has that, and except for an all-too-brief moment, Pownce doesn’t.

There are solutions, of course. Apps and websites that post to multiple networks, services that will pull RSS feeds into Twitter, but I’m not happy with the apps and I’ve already gotten complaints about my Pounce messages being cut short when they’re cross posted to Twitter.

I’m still holding out for more people to make the switch to Pownce, but I know that, just like last time, before long I’m going to end up staying where more of my network is rather than continue talking to an (almost) empty space. Social networks are sticky that way.

Academic Aesthetic 149

New Year's ResolutionThat’s right, I’m podcasting again! And how about that, this isn’t even a horrible recorded-in-the-car-using-a-cell-phone-cast, either!

I won’t speak for everyone, but for me December is a time to look back on the past year and ask “Where did the time go?” Of course it’s also a time to look forward and ask “Wait, I have to do all that again?” Then you get to sit down, eat a Christmas cookie, and say “I’m getting too old for this!”

…ok, I added that last one this year, since I turned 30. And now everyone who’s older than me can laugh at how the young guy thinks he’s old. Go ahead, it’ll relieve some stress.

But seriously, as I look back on this past year I really slacked off on being a content creator. Compared to the year before I barely podcasted or blogged at all, and my Flickr photo postings have been sporadic, at best. This new year, my resolution is to fix that.

You could say this episode is an early start on just that, but I need to set up a regular schedule again – and this time, I need to stick to it. Maybe even record shows early so I have a backlog in case of emergencies. We’ll see.

LogoT20.jpgI’ve also tweaked the Teachers 2.0 Twitter account to make it, in my opinion, more usable. I used to set it up so that any time someone saves a link in and tags it “teachers20,” it’ll show up as a Teachers 2.0 tweet. The only glitch is that it has to be a NEW link – going back and adding the “teachers20” tag to old links won’t make them show up on Twitter. Of course you can still write something a little more in depth and post it on the Teachers 2.0 Ning site, and that’ll show up in the feed as well. I’m hoping that since we now have well over a hundred members we’ll start to see these services used a little more often.

I have a lot more to say, but I still like the format of a short and sweet podcast, netcast, or whatever you want to call it, so I’ll just hold that over until next time. Hey, now I won’t have to brainstorm a new topic!

Until next time, stay subscribed, fare thee well, merry Christmas, and happy holidays, everyone.

Academic Aesthetic 148

A lot to say, but not a lot of time to type. This one’s a low quality car-cast done on my way home this afternoon.

Show Notes:

Yeah, I’ve been busy.

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(Note: I’ve just spent far too long trying to get this audio to NOT sound like a chipmunk on a coffee spree in the flash player.  The result is … less than perfect, but at least you can tell what I’m saying.)

Here’s a big important question: A reputable company with a product for educators has asked to sponsor my show. Should I say yes?

I have mixed feelings about this, since it would be advertising but on the other hand I’ve heard other edu-bloggers and edu-podcasters say nothing but good things about this company. I can’t say more for fear of biasing your responses.

I can say that if I say yes, the sponsorship will include a graphic on the site and an audio clip in the podcast. However, the decision is up to you, the loyal listener After all, if you’re reading/listening to this then you stuck by me even after over a month’s hiatus. Feel free to comment on this post or email me.

Academic Aesthetic 146

wowhippo.gifThe rumors of my demise … yadda yadda yadda.  No video this time, just an unedited monologue recorded with my newest gadget (see below).

  • Sorry for the delay.  I blame end-of-school-year-hassles, a trip to PA, a new apartment, and something else.
  • I have a new toy: The Creative Zen V Plus!  I used it to record this podcast, as a matter of fact.
  • Alas, Creative doesn’t make any software or drivers that make the Zen V Plus Mac compatible.  Fortunately, these people made an open source program that gets the Zen onto my Mac!
  • It’s easy to censor yourself.
  • When you post a link, you have no control over that site.
  • You’re not just linking to that site now, but 3 months from now and 3 years from now.
  • Where do you draw the line?

Academic Aesthetic 145

No video this time, just wonderful low quality audio!

Wait … what?

Show notes:

  • The wiki is getting more spam than legitimate edits. I’m dealing with the spam now, and I’ll get to the real edits soon. No, really.
  • I’m beginning to like Ning more and more, mostly because it doesn’t crash Firefox as often as it used to do.
  • The next Teachers 2.0 Groupcast will be recorded on the 13th. Come join in the fun!
  • Planning on upgrading the version of Drupal that’s managing Should I go with regular or extra education?
  • Looking to find others willing to create Teachers 2.0 branded content. Are you interested?

Original photo (CC) wili_hybrid:

Academic Aesthetic 144

Sorry for the delay, now on with the show!

Show notes:

  • Another nice audio comment by Chris Craft. Where’s your audio (or video) comment? (And yes, I haven’t edited the wiki recently for the same reason I haven’t been podcasting.)
  • To make a podcast I need time, energy, and inspiration.
  • Usually I lack inspiration, but this time I needed time and energy.
  • Inventory is done! Hooray!
  • Are there times when we replace analog technology with a digital equivalent that isn’t as good? Is digital always better? I want to hear your thoughts on this.

Academic Aesthetic 143

No time for banter, here’s the show and the show notes:

  • I start out with a “phone call” from Chris Craft.  It seems he has a complaint or two.  (You can send me your own comments, too!)
  • My wife bought me a soldering iron.
  • It’s cool, but scary. (I could get burned.)
  • Bre Pettis has a cool tutorial that’ll help me out. I hope to one day be good enough to make a solar powered robot.
  • A lot of teachers want to start using blogs, podcasts, and/or wikis.
  • They think those things are cool, but scary. (They could get burned.)
  • There are a lot of people out there who are willing to help.
  • NextGen Teachers, Teachers 2.0, and the DEN are 3 groups that are free to join and willing to give advice and help in a pinch.