Since the last post (Show notes without a Show Radio Edutalk episode 2.5) we have taken a few more baby steps over at Radio Edutalk.
A week ago, I attempted a chat with Iain Hallahan over Skype. I basically started up Nicecast, and hyjacked the Skype audio. I've now figure out that if I just hyjack the one channel I don't get the echo problem we had earlier. Settings Screenshot.
Iain talked about TeachMeet Beyond and kicking off TeachMeet 365. I think the chat went really well due to his enthusiasm about some facination projects, the audio is archived as an episode of Edutalk: Iain Hallahan on Radio Edutalk
Last night David and I tried a variation where we invited folk on twitter to come in over skype for a chat. Stephen Reid and Joe Dale kindly obliged talking about podcasting. We had a bit of bother getting them into a conference call via the dial in, but David pulled them in via their skype accounts. Stephen was on the move and joined in via 3g on his iPhone keeping our EDUtalk strapline, Audio publishing by educators, using mobile devices accurate. Again the audio is archived: Radio Edutalk 24 November 2011.
After we finished Joe gave us a wee hand sorting out the dial in stuff, in the future people will be able to dial in using any phone to 0131 208 1084.
So we seem to be getting a workflow together. Last night it worked well with David figuring out the skype bit and myself the nicecast end. Due to space at home I was using my mackbook in my daughter's bedroom rather than hooked up to the monitor in the living room, keeping Skype, it's chat window, twitter and nicecast organised was a wee bit tricky. The week before having the living room and larger monitor made it a wee bit easier.
I am also beginning to understand some of the difficulties in handling live multi voice conversations. An increasing number of podcasts I've been listening to have had more than one presenter or voice. This makes, for me, interesting listening, but there is a bit of a learning curve, which I've just stared on, in doing this smoothly.
The audo quality seems to be pretty good, I am using a cheap usb mic, but hope to get a better one sometime soon.
So far we having been using Nicecast, but I've also downloaded a free application LadioCast which might do the same job, I need to do some tests and see if it can archive.
The other 167 hours
The rest of the week Radio Edutalk has been streaming random items for the Edutalk archive. I had also set up several Scheduled playlist, to play at 7:30 in the evening, unfortunately I've been away for a few days and didn't tweet these out as I'd planned. I hope to try the same again over the next week and also try djing audio for he archive giving folk a chance to phone in at some point.
I've taken out a 500mb AutoDJ disk which hold the archive, it is already filled up. I don't really want to pay for a bigger disk, a monthly charge, so the choice is some manual shuffling via ftp or perhaps changing bit rate from 128 to 64. The later would involve converting all of the files and getting the internet radio folk to change the settings for the stream. I am not sure how much the change would effect the quality?
As yet we have not had a lot of listeners, but I've found myself listening in to the random stream more often that I thought, it makes interesting listening and can spark off all sorts of ideas.
Odds and ends
I've been collecting various internet links using linkli.st internet radio · linkli.st a failry new service that makes creating list of links very simple. I love the way you can create bookmarklets for any of your links screenshot.
I also use Storify to curate some tweets for last nights broadcast to include with the show notes: Radio Edutalk 20111124 · johnjohnston · Storify, Storify is easy to use and looks useful.
David and I will be talking at around 8 o'clock and the lines will be open, if you are online have a listen and if you like dial in (0131 208 1084) to put in your tuppence worth. Given the date I presume we will be talking strike along with some general eduTalk and edTechTalk.
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