First up I’ll provide the schedule for live audio streaming and CoveritLive blog chatting for tomorrow (Friday the 13th):

All you have to do is go to the home page of the eDayz conference:

All times in Australian Central Daylight time – half an hour behind the Eastern States – if you’re from somewhere else, here is a great site for time conversion (use Australia – South Australia – Adelaide as your starting point)

  • 830-845am Sound checks – your voluntary participation much appreciated
  • 9am Welcome from Marlene and summary of Day one from Frankie Forsyth
  • 920-1005am Nancy White keynote “Why shouldn’t “do” community or why not for learning?
  • 10:05 to 10:35am Julian Ridden – Adding Variety to your Vanilla Moodle

We’ll then break our coverage until after lunch.

120pm Nancy White – Community and Learning: Going Deeper
205-245pm Michael Coghlan – E-learning: What’s on the Horizon

Looking forward to more good conversations and idea sharing!
I’m covering the conference using CoveritLive and Ustream (Ustream’s chat tool needs work IMHO). As a backup I’m taking a feed out from the board to a recording device that will allow for quick audio turn around.  I have Audacity set up ready to add a pre-recorded introduction to recorded audio and the LAME MP3 converter add on for Audacity to output MP3s.  Filezilla handles uploads.

I also have Tweetchat set up with my conference hashtag because there may be times I don’t want a Twitter feed feeding into my Coverit Live coverage (people use one conference tag for multiple sessions).  I can then copy and paste session-related Tweets from Tweetchat to CoveritLive.

TWO laptops for conference coverage.

Laptop 1: Feeding outUstream. PERIOD. Learned that I need to hit Pause button on the home page of the Ustream site because it seemed to auto play which caused echo.

Laptop 2:Although both laptops have the exact same software and web sites set up and ready to go, Laptop 2 is the one I use for CoveritLive, to monitor the conference home page where I have the Ustream widget embedded, to monitor TweetChat for related Tweets in sessions where I’ve disabled the Twitter hashtag feeding into Cover it Live as well as having the slide images to upload to Coverit Live

I have to admit that I am selective about which slides I upload because there is NO bulk upload tool in Coverit Live at this writing and it’s TEDIOUS. Plus, the way people use slides differs so vastly. My fav presenters have uploaded their slides to slideshare and I can just throw a link in at the start of their sessions…

Finally,KUDOS to the staff at Gilles Plains TAFE .  They and the infrastructure here are doing a far better job than larger and more high profile venues. Thanks everyone and look forward to catching up with you online tomorrow on Friday the 13th!