I saw Ignitecast this week and immediately became excited. This looks like something that I could really make (a lot of) use of. Ignitecast allows the combining of various media into a presentation, screencast, slideshow, an online course, broadcast video, and more. These then get uploaded to the Ingitecast site for free, allowing sharing across the web, or within an intranet. These can be embedded in multiple other online places. You can also uploaded them to YouTube.

In addition, you can publish to files:

  • web files (.html),
  • executable for CD/DVD (.exe),
  • video files for emailing (.swf),
  • video files for portable players (.avi, .mp4, .wmv, .flv),
  • iTunes files (.mp4),
  • and files for PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Interestingly, this should therefore allow the easy creation of video podcasts for iTunes circulation. Something I intend experimenting with sometime soon(ish).

To use Ignitecast, you need to register and download the scateignite software and there are three versions to choose from:

  • home – create video slideshows, mobile and social media
  • standard – create online presentations and sharable web marketing
  • and professional – create elearning courses, software demos and quizzes

There’s an Ignitecast that explains things a little better.


I haven’t had time to create with Ignitecast yet, but I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. When I do, I’ll show you via this blog.


PLN Presentation

Yesterday I found this presentation on Slideshare by Mark Woolley about Personal Learning Networks (PLN).

I like the visual approach Mark has used in the presentation and the subject is interesting, hence I’ve embedded it:

Note: some of the YouTube videos embedded in the presentation might not be visible depending on the country you’re access from, apparently due to copyright restrictions, including the UK.

BBC documentary ‘Digital Revolution’

The BBC is developing a unique four part documentary series for broadcast in 2010 on BBC Two. It has a working title of ‘Digital Revolution‘, and there are a number of ways we can all get involved, including helping Stephen Fry to come up with a better name for the series, and shaping the content of the series.


Here’s some blurb from the Digital Revolution website about the project:

‘Digital Revolution’ is an experiment in collaboration. We want to hear the opinions, thoughts and experiences from the populace of the web – you. Add your comments to our blog posts. Tell us the stories you think we should be covering. Your input will help shape our documentary.

One of the things I personally find exciting about the project is that as many as possible of the video rushes† are being made available by the site for us to watch, share, download and, significantly, edit ourselves (adhering to the licensing terms, which are similar to Creative Commons but have to differ because of the way the BBC is funded and run). This ties in with a previous post about Remix. Some of the people interviewed and available in these rushes include:

  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • Clay Shirky
  • Charles Leadbeater
  • Howard Rheingold
  • Stephen Fry
  • Jimmy Wales

many of whom I’ve written about, used quotes or photographs of in presentations or writings, or communicated with directly.

When I have time, possibly next week, I’ll certainly be remixing this video content.

You can follow Digital Revolution on Twitter @BBCDigRev

Rushes (or dailies) are the unedited, raw film (video) footage from a days shooting.

Are online lectures best?

I’ve written previously about online lecture programmes from some of the most prestigious universities via Academic Earth. I recently came across an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education in which students express their liking of online video lectures, and whether they provide more than attending lectures at their own institutions.

Bring in the expert

I’ve previously written about and vlogged about copyright, the remix manifesto, and Larry Lessig. I’m also very interested in the concept of stretching the boundaries of learning beyond what is commonly accepted. So it was a delight for me to come across a school media studies class (mrmayo’s blog), which is heavily influenced by Creative Commons, working creatively with digital media.  And not only that, but participating in a Q+A session with Larry Lessig over Skype.

Q+A Part 1

Q+A Part 2

That Larry, a Professor or Law at Stanford Law School, is willing to participate in such an interaction is simply brilliant! It also serves to encourage us all to ask and interact with noted experts across the globe. More and more the barriers of institutions are breaking down and enabling the potential for greater access to education for all.

Upgrade Me via BBC iPlayer

Last night after finishing a blog post I sat back and watched “Upgrade Me” on BBC iPlayer.

In this Simon Armitage the poet and gadget lover (which I didn’t know until seeing the programme) investigates the obsession people have with technology and gadgets, and their seemingly endless need to have the latest gizmo. He travels to South Korea, which has transformed itself in the last 30 years into the most technological country in the world.

I think this is well worth a view but I don’t know how long with will be available on iPlayer for, so apologies if you’re already too late to watch it.