Dear Faithful Readers,
Sorry it’s been a while since posting…this summer has been hectic. But the good news is that I have plenty to share over the coming weeks!
First, I want to talk about the streaming broadcasts that I hosted for the DEPLA (Digital Educator and Personalized Learning Academy) event this summer. I volunteered to handle all streaming from one of the classrooms. My challenge was to find equipment to support a panel discussion and to select the best free streaming platform.
In regards to selecting the platform, I chose Google Hangouts on Air and was pleasantly surprised by the ease of scheduling, automatic recording, and even stats for attendees and recording views. I highly recommend it for these features. Thanks to the static urls, we were able to publicize the links before the sessions (for live attendees) and afterwards for viewers of the recordings. Here is our page of links to the recordings.
My biggest challenge was to find a usb audio mixer for the streaming room since my other mixer was being used in the cafetorium (yes, that’s what they called it, a combination of cafeteria and auditorium). I purchased a Alesis Multimix usb audio mixer for this event. This is a mixer I would highly recommend for it’s affordability, ease of use and high quality sound with no noisy channels. This mixer made me very happy over the two days of streaming panel discussions.
The lessons I learned to improve my streaming for next year are:
- Try to use a better webcam or video camera
- Try to get a backdrop for the panel to avoid distractions and
- Look into a virtual or physical video mixer to run more than one camera
Here are photos of one of the panels and my humble streaming rig: