Monday, March 24, 2008
Chat with Barbara Ganley
Above is a conversation with Barbara Ganley recorded with Gizmo, which unlike Skype has a built in recorder. (Skype relies on third parties for recording the call and we've found that less satisfactory.) The recorder produces a .wav file and then I plopped that into Audacity to convert to .mp3. Note that during the call there is some mention of hiss. I heard a lot of it during the call and Barbara heard some, but it wasn't recorded. That's very nice.
During the call Barbara mentioned VoiceThread.com, which she uses with her students to make recordings with commentary and images about student presentations. Barbara records the students in class. Some of that work can be found here.
The latest version of Camtasia seems to have support for recording video conferencing sessions, so if Barbara and I had used webcams, we would have captured that too. I need to try that out in the near future. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like the idea of human interchange as depicted on Bloggingheads.tv and if we can make that sort of thing from our own desktops with little or no trouble, it would be a real boon. But we've tried a variety of approaches and so far they've been imperfect. Our best experience has been with ooVoo.