Can you say Simplecast?
I can and I did! Yes, when push came to shove I managed to create a stream using Simplecast and it really worked. As it turns out my stream wasn't needed but the fact that I actually produced a working stream made me feel so relieved. Relieved, mystery solved. Guess how I did it? When Jen Wagner suggested I try because our very own Cheryl Oakes of the WOW2 webcast, was temporarily off the radar with a bad connection, I pulled up Jeff's screencast and let him walk me through it. It took about 8 minutes to get it going and at the same time Lee who had also been on the job created a stream from the edu bridges site. My stream was produced through the webacademy sandbox so it wasn't ideal. Despite the fact that I wasn't needed after all, it was a personal achievement and I was elated. Now I really can be a backup for Cheryl if she needs me. I also used my school's edirol to make the recording. It came in a little low but with the normalize function in Audacity the sound was fine. I plan to put together a few questions based on this experience to make sure it's all crystal clear to me. The strongest motivation for me to succeed was having a real purpose. Being needed and feeling somehow useful, instrumental is a real motivator. It makes me think abut my own students and how I can get them to really rise to their highest potential by providing authentic motivation. Cheryl if you read this, I hope we can chat at some point how I might be helpful in backing you up in the future. Jeff, a screencast is the next best thing to being there! Thanks for your help.