TED & FORA – video presentations

TED, which stands for Technology, Education and Design, though the scope has broadened out over the years, is undoubtedly the most significant site of its kind. It hosts a multitude of categorized videoed presentations by respected people from all kinds of fields covering a host of topics. TED has the taglines “Ideas worth spreading” and “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world“. If you’ve never seen it, I thoroughly recommend spending some time investigating it in much more detail. I’ve been using it for some years.


FORA.tv is a similar site to TED. It too has videos of presentations, and discussion, given by noted people. Its tagline is “Fuel the Enlightenment“. I was rather pleased when I stumbled upon it. Also worth spending some time browsing the content.




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.