As I read and listen to the posts of others and see/hear your enthusiastic voices, I am greatly encouraged that my technical difficulties will soon be overcome. With some initial help from Lee's great screencasts, I was able to get most of my settings correct. Then, about two and a half hours ago with the help of Lisa and Jason, I was able to get all the settings nailed down and actually stream on Sandbox B. That felt good, until I listened to the archive and then realized that I could only hear Jason, not me!
So, I watched the screencasts again, tried to change some more settings, and went back to work. About an hour and a half ago, I skyped a friend (who kindly interrupted her SL adventures to talk to me) but was, again, only able to capture her end of the conversation.
Then, an hour ago and in desperation, I skyped Lee, and she helped me tweak the settings once more. Again, I streamed, but could capture nothing. So, Lee has determined it is a Mac/USB problem and is checking it out now.
Where does this leave me for now? Well, I am cautiously optimistic that I understand the basis of doing a simple webcast, and assuming that I can get the settings right here before it is all said and done. This is encouraging for me personally in two ways. One, it shows that I can participate in an engaging online learning experience that pushes me beyond what I already know and still hang with it. Two, as a teacher educator, it reminds me of the fact that learning technology - and the literacies associated with it - is a complex task, one that will demand a great deal of attention in my courses if I hope for pre-service teachers to learn these skills in a meaningful context.
I am pleased to know that so many of you are having success with the webcasting and that you are already conceptualizing shows. I am not quite there yet, although I applaud everyone who plans to graduate in the near future - I hope to be that far in a few more weeks. I appreciate the help that everyone is providing in this community and look forward to reaching that goal with you.
Talk to you tomorrow night.