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No. 25 SplashCast: Multimedia Delivery Made Easy (2007年02月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Hello everyone.
Last year in preparing for a class I thought about using some video content from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/) in my lessons. I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of just linking to the YouTube site, however. I later learned that you can embed a player with a video on any web page and I thought it might be a good idea. In the end, this is what I did. Students loved the option of video and I was able to add some vocabulary support to my web page. Embedded video clips are really great but take up a lot of space on a page if you try to add a couple of them.

Well, recently, a new multimedia service became available on the web. It’s called SplashCast (http://splashcastmedia.com/) and it allows users to create, collect and syndicate (users can register to receive content directly via RSS) content. It’s like YouTube but with more control and variety and a lot more features. Using this tool, you can now turn any web page into a multimedia channel that students can access. Instead of just a single embedded video on page, with SplashCast you can offer a whole menu of videos (including videos from YouTube), audio files, images, or text to deliver content. And learners don’t ever have to leave the one page. Presently, the service is a beta that is only available with support in English. There is a very good introduction to the service and its possibilities (again, only in English) at Robin Good’s blog (http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2007/01/30/online_publishing_platform_allows_full.htm). I strongly recommend you visit the SplashCast site to see some examples of this. I guarantee you will be impressed.

And lastly, an announcement for anyone interested in podcasting. On March 24th, at the NUCB Graduate School in Fushimi, Nagoya, a conference will be held focusing on podcasting. It’s called WirelessReady: Podcasting Education and Mobile Assisted Language Learning. If you are interested, the full program can be downloaded in pdf format at http://wirelessready.nucba.ac.jp/program.pdf.

See you next month.