Apple & Snow Leopard – Podcast Nirvana

I know some people do not care about podcasting or Apple as much as others, but after sitting through over three hours of TCEA’s UStreaming of Apple Snow Leopard Update, I am now a very happy guy (as opposed to previously only being happy).

The first half of the video below will give you an update on Snow Leopard itself, but the second half gave me exactly what I needed for our Apple server. After seeing how much easier the Podcast Producer process has been made, I jumped right in and got it set up. While I am still playing with the set-up to make it custom to White Oak ISD, I have rejoiced in having created a dual source podcast (my video side by side with my desktop video) with intro video, title sequence, the content, and a closing video/title clip. Sounds really hard, but man was it so easy. Give me a week or so, and I will have all kinds of easiness to share with my staff.

You can see the VERY short video only clip I created on my podcast blog here. I purposely did a very short video due to the rendering time involved with video production. In other words, I was impatient and wanted to see the results quickly. 🙂

Thank you TCEA for making the video available for free online and thanks to Apple for providing the update.

Watch the video below and learn, my friends.

TCEA Convention 2010

Not because I sit on the board for TCEA, but because this is just pretty cool, I wanted to share this bit of information about the 2010 TCEA Convention to be held in Austin, TX, February 8-12, 2010. The biggest COOL factor for me is the iPhone/Touch App being developed for the conference. It is shaping up to be a really nice app available for free as the convention draws closer.

30th Annual Convention and Expositionhttp://www.tcea.org/Email%20Images/technotes/bottle.jpgThe TCEA 30th annual Convention and Exposition “Charting New Waters” will be held at the Austin Convention Center Feb. 8-12, 2010. Nationally-known keynoters, more than 400 vendors in 900 booths, hundreds of concurrent sessions, Web 2.0 lounges, gaming playgrounds (Second Life and geocaching), Bring Your Own Laptop sessions, Model Classroom demonstrations, and so much more will be available to attendees. Early registration will open Sept. 9 on the TCEA website and will be $165. Starting Nov. 1, registration will go to $180. Onsite registration will be $190.

Participants for the first time will be offered the “I Touch Learning” convention experience.
Educators who select this option will receive all conference benefits plus an iPod touch loaded with convention information and teaching resources. Exact pricing of this option will be available when registration opens.

ipods

Registration for the convention includes a free membership to TCEA. Housing information will be included in your registration confirmation.

New this year, you will find an Opensource Cafe (blogger’s cafe style), Blogger’s Cafe with its own room for noise reduction, Twitter, an EduBloggerCon (Lonestar EBC), an iPhone/Touch app loaded with all of the convention information you will need, and more.  These are big steps to take all at the same time, so it will be a cool thing for TCEA to try this all out at once.

For additional information, check out these resources:

Convention Ning
Lonestar EdubloggerCon Ning
TCEA Convention website

Lone Star EduBloggerCon Wiki

This is a great promotional video created by Joel Adkins for the Lone Star EduBloggerCon event. Enjoy: