Make a Web 2.0 Splash with SplashCast

Thanks to Teaching Sagittarian for looking into SplashCast.  I blogged about this on my cliotech blog as well.

I decided to try out SplashCast for myself.  I am always a fan of Web 2.0 applications that merge disparate feeds and resources into one easy-to-navigate console.  That is exactly what SplashCast does.

SplashCast allows users to "create a show" that incorporates audio (uploaded from local drive or house online),  images (uploaded from local drive or housed online), video (uploaded from local drive, capture from video device, or housed online), documents (PowerPoint, PDF, text), and RSS feeds from Flickr or YouTube.   The show is published to a channel whose feed can be embedded as well as syndicated via RSS or streamed online.

The image component works seamlessly with Flickr, searching by user and/or tags.  The video component pull online video from YouTube, searchable by tag, user, URL, Most Viewed, Most Discussed, Recently Added, Recently Featured.

I would echo Teaching Sagittarian’s comment that SplashCast would be more user friendly if it expanded some of its video service to TeacherTube and other video hosting sites.

I decided to create a show on my cliotech channel that covers a very difficult topic for my students to grasp, how the Federal Reserve System operates and the control over the U.S. money system.  It was very easy to create the show and publish it.  It embeds easily (as you can see below).

The channels can also be disseminated via RSS feed.  Click here for my RSS feed.  I subscribed to my own RSS feed through my Bloglines account.  The SplashCast player is viewable and playable from within Bloglines.

From the streaming website, viewers can subscribe to a SplashCast channel with a wide array of one-click options (MyYahoo, Newsgator, Netvibes, WindowsLive, Google, Bloglines, MyAOL, Pageflakes.)  Fans can also subscribe via e-mail.  The streaming site also lists blogs in which the channel or show is embedded.

So, visit SplashCast to learn more about the service.  If you create an educational channel or show, please comment.


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