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The above embed comes from SplashCast.  I’ve played around with this service for about a month now, unable to decide if it’s any better than some other tools out there.  On one hand, SplashCast allows you to throw a lot of different file types into a single presentation.  This just may be the downside.  The presentation still seems a little, cluttered.  SplashCast is free (NO LONGER FREE :(  )and integrates seemlessly with FaceBook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.  Take a look at the above presentation I’ve put together and let me know your thoughts.

UPDATE!!

SueH provided some great feedback, exactly what i was looking for. Thanks SueH.

(1) Re: free? In their blog, Mike (CEO) states they have decided to discontinue their free accounts for user generated content as of Feb.11. On Feb.5, he announces they will extend that service for existing users for a few more months while they determine whether there is enough demand for a subscription-based service.
(2) Re your sample Splashcast? I thought that the pictures would be linked to the podcast. Clicking them did not take me forward or backward through what you were saying. Also, when I clicked the sound button at the end, it restarted the podcast over top of the automatic one that was already playing and I could not find a way to turn that off. Even on full screen, I found the documents hard to read. I would have been interested to see video quality.
(3) I tried to view several of their sample ‘webisodes’, but apparently Canada is blacked out. All I got is: “The requested video cannot be displayed in my region.”
(4) I’m always a little leary of a website that does not publish their prices where I can easily find them.

The above presentation combines, a podcast(mp3), DE streaming Training Guide(PDF) and photos from the Kankakee Event(via Flickr).

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Comments

  1. SueH

    Hi Steve — my feedback about Splashcast is as follows:

    (1) Re: free? In their blog, Mike (CEO) states they have decided to discontinue their free accounts for user generated content as of Feb.11. On Feb.5, he announces they will extend that service for existing users for a few more months while they determine whether there is enough demand for a subscription-based service.
    (2) Re your sample Splashcast? I thought that the pictures would be linked to the podcast. Clicking them did not take me forward or backward through what you were saying. Also, when I clicked the sound button at the end, it restarted the podcast over top of the automatic one that was already playing and I could not find a way to turn that off. Even on full screen, I found the documents hard to read. I would have been interested to see video quality.
    (3) I tried to view several of their sample ‘webisodes’, but apparently Canada is blacked out. All I got is: “The requested video cannot be displayed in my region.”
    (4) I’m always a little leary of a website that does not publish their prices where I can easily find them.

    So Steve — All in all, Splashcast has little to offer this Canadian teacher. I think the educator accounts offered by VoiceThread are great, and if I especially want to link PPT to voice or video, I’ll go with VCASMO or Flowgram. That way my students can go foward and back through my voice over easiy and revisit just the parts they need to hear again.

    -SueH

  2. Mike Bryant

    Hi SueH,

    Great feedback! Just read about the, “no longer free”, in their blog. I was torn from the start about this one, but thought I’d open it up and seek opinions from the DEN community. Thank you for taking the time and detailing your thoughts. Keep them coming.

    – Mike

  3. Catherine Lambert

    I looked up this service. I am just getting into voicethread and thought that I would try it out. I am finding that many sites are changing the rules after the initial enrollment. It hardly seems ethical.

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