Meerkat Diary Day 2

As promised yesterday I did a stream from Parliament Hill, however, today I used a Smartlav - correction I Read more

More comments on tests with #Meerkat

As I outline in the video above, I went out onto Hampstead Heath with the intention of doing a Read more

using #meerkat for quick and dirty streaming

It seems that the #meerkat app is all the rage - it's pretty limited. It doesn't have a white balance Read more

What do people "do" at TeachMeets?

This is Ian Addison at the #BETT2015 TeachMeet talking about the uses of Skitch. No-one saw how he was going Read more

Digital Leaders

I have been following the paths of several schools and their use of Digital Leaders. There is a Digital Leaders Read more

Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies

I don't do much filming at BETT these days and when I do it is with people who are Read more

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Testing New Wirecast streaming features

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Quick look behind the scenes - LANC TEST

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Meerkat Diary Day 2

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As promised yesterday I did a stream from Parliament Hill, however, today I used a Smartlav – correction I used this mic off of ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281014636402. Yesterday I got terrible interference from the mic – today it was clear as a bell. I used that as a mic for reference sound and a ultra sensitive sennheiser as a dual sound mic into a Zoom H1. I don’t believe in wasting valuable time on a test if you can’t do two at once. This was to test the Synchronise Clips feature in Final Cut Pro X – I think it worked pretty well – see the clip at the bottom of the post to compare and contrast.

I’ll be using 2 of these mics for interviews with a rode SC6 TRRS as one of the cheapest interview options out there in the market providing I don’t get interference again. Why these mics? – Well they have up to 2 metres of cable which is perfect for my uses.

All seemed well and I will be using this setup to do streaming from events in the breaks in educational conferences etc.

I will have to wait until the Twitter @Periscopeco app comes out to see if it is any better.

You can hear the superior quality of the sennheiser mic below in the short synch test:

More comments on tests with #Meerkat

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As I outline in the video above, I went out onto Hampstead Heath with the intention of doing a live broadcast from my iPhone 4s using #Meerkatapp. Everything worked fine except for the fact that my phone’s battery died. So I’ll try again tomorrow. (see update video below)

I’m experimenting with various setups for live broadcast. Although I’m using quite expensive equipment I think this could be replicated using cheaper kit.

Part of what I do is to test out cheaper(!) kit to see how far I can push it to do what might have cost thousands years ago. I’ve been doing this for years. A few years back I broadcast a 2 hour stream from a treehouse in Regent’s Park!

Oh and @Periscopeco you might like to send me an early invite to compare and contrast?

Kit used in the video above:

Shoulderpod

fotopro tripod

Sennheiser lavalier wireless mics – buy secondhand on Ebay.

ProJive XLR cable for iPhone / ipad

UPDATE

My iPhone gimbal arrived and the rain held off long enough for me to take it for a walk in the local woods. I used a mifi and had faultless streaming for about 10 mins. Proof of Concept – yes it does have an up and down wobble but that is because I used it straight out of the box so I need to work on technique and I was rushing. But for handheld interviews on the spot I think it would be more than adequate! Basically it works – see below!

Kit used in the video above:

iPhone/ Lanparte 3 axis Gimbal

iPhone 4s

Mifi

Looks like this could be very useful at events.

UPDATE

And last test today was a brief interview with my wonderful partner Rosie Slosek @1ManBandAccts over #Meerkatapp to tell me about her day and to test a wireless 2 mic setup. Her day turned out to be quite eventful as she’s launching a new business.

This is why the #Meerkatapp needs white balance (I look as if I am about to be assumed into heaven!) – although I was impressed the way the old iPhone 4s could handle all the audio and video on the fly. I just need to get the mic levels right next. It’s been a useful day.

using #meerkat for quick and dirty streaming

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It seems that the #meerkat app is all the rage – it’s pretty limited.

It doesn’t have a white balance or any camera or sound controls so not that great for streaming unless you tweak what goes into the iPhone or iPad.

Here’s an example of trying to get the best sound into my old 4s – it works quite well but I wouldn’t give up my day job.

Teachers looking to push out event video might consider this (if you have a dedicated mifi). See the video below.

If you cannot see the video on your device just go to this link:

https://vimeo.com/121774899/

Equipment you’ll need to create a mini broadcast station:

iPhone or iPad.

#meerkat app

If an older model then use:

ProJive XLR lead

Sennheiser wireless mics or equivalents (expensive)

or irig Pre (boosts the signal as a pre-amp) and suitable mic

Or if you have a newer model iPhone or iPad then the iRig HD mic plugs straight in and does as good a job. I’m just playing around with legacy kit I have with my old 4S which could comes in handy as it fits snugly away.

What do people “do” at TeachMeets?

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This is Ian Addison at the #BETT2015 TeachMeet talking about the uses of Skitch.

No-one saw how he was going to use it at the end of his presentation.

If you haven’t seen it before, watch to the end…

If you can’t see the video above on your device click here https://vimeo.com/119187921

This is what people do at TeachMeets.

Digital Leaders

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I have been following the paths of several schools and their use of Digital Leaders.

There is a Digital Leaders introductory chat tonight on Twitter run by Simon Johnson the hashtag is #EdShowChat – and the topic is “How Do We create a Student Digital Leadership Team?

Later on in the evening there is #DLchat between teachers involved in the use of Digital Leaders in their schools.

The use of Digital Leaders came up again twice this week at two TeachMeets TMBexley and #TMNorthants2015 and many teachers are now talking about their Digital Leaders as Colleagues.

Look at Stacey from Bridgewater School‘s TouchCast video about her working methods and her reference to Digital Leaders.

If you can’t see the film above on your device go to:

http://touchcast.com/Learn4Life/stacey_on_how_she_plans_the_uk_computing_curriculum

Whilst I was at BETT I shot some film of Lady Lumley’s and Arden’s Digital Leaders and their teachers interviewing them.

Liz Allton and Chris Sharples brought their Digital Leaders to be filmed.

Here are their films

If you can’t see the film above on your device go to:

https://vimeo.com/118812487

and

If you can’t see the film above on your device go to:

https://vimeo.com/118824105

Liz Allton’s inspirational post, I think my Digital Leaders are great, is also here:

http://staffrm.io/@lizsaddler/2T0h0v2Xle

No blog on Digital Leaders would be complete without reference to Mark Anderson who has been involved with and writing about Digital Leaders for many years – here is a link to all his posts on this subject on his blog.

http://ictevangelist.com/?s=Digital+Leaders

He has also written a free book on the topic Digital Leaders: Transforming Learning with Students in the Lead available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/digital-leaders-transforming/id851337846?mt=11

Other allied resources and blogs (a lot of them from Chris Sharples‘ Blog)

Digital Leader Roadmap

http://www.gr8ict.com/roadmap/

Digital Leaders info

http://www.gr8ict.com/digitalleaders/

Digital Leaders Framework

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmklmlNUCX6qdE5vaFBOUDZiaTJaemV5NlpGbHQtaHc#gid=3

Digital Open Badges for Digital Leaders

http://www.digitalclassrooms.co.uk/digital-badges-and-motivation/

http://teachwithict.weebly.com/digital-leaders-blog/making-waves-with-digital-leaders-open-badges

Digital Leader Network (seems to be a slow link)

http://www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk/

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