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Webcasts for Educators:  Video-On-Demand, Podcast Downloads

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Getting Started

What is a Webcast?

A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. As a broadcast may either be live or recorded, similarly, a webcast may either be distributed live or recorded. Essentially, webcasting is "broadcasting" over the Internet.

Webcast Walkthrough/Troubleshooting

Before You Start:

Make sure you are running Windows Media Player, version 9 or higher. To check the version, open Windows Media Player and in the Help menu choose About Windows Media Player. The window that opens up shows the version you are running. If you are having trouble finding the Help menu, try right-clicking on the top bar to bring up the entire File menu, or press Alt+h. If you find you are using a version earlier than version 9, please go to the following website to download the latest version: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/default.aspx

The Basics:

Once you have confirmed that you have version 9 or higher of Windows Media Player, you are ready to view our video stream. To watch the webcast, click on the streaming video link to automatically open Windows Media Player and begin buffering the video. Once the buffering has reached 100%, playback will begin.

If Windows Media Player does not open automatically, open it manually by selecting Windows Media Player from your Program Files. Once it is open, choose Open URL from the File menu, or press Ctrl+u. Then either copy and paste or type in the link for the streaming video-on-demand.

You can view a test stream anytime at the following link, which contains both video and audio:

http://media.curriculum.org/curriculum/LNSWebcastSept08/TLTW13Hi.wmv

Troubleshooting:

Windows Media Player won't connect to the video.

The video stream stops mid-stream.

There is no audio with the video.

Technical Questions:

For technical questions contact bpatchett@curriculum.org.

How To Use Our RSS Feed

You can view or subscribe to our RSS feed through an aggregator, through an up-to-date web browser or through many email applications. See some examples of RSS aggregators below. The CSC RSS feed will let you know when new webcasts become available so you can easily find them and download the media to each computer you wish to use.

The content of our webcasts have been broken into chapters. You can download all of the chapters in order to view each full show or just the chapters you are interested in.

RSS feedhttp://www.curriculum.org/rss.xml

Examples of RSS Aggregators

This is only a sample list - there are many more aggregators available for all major operating systems. The links below will take you to pages that are not part of the CSC website. CSC does not endorse or wish to infer that these sites or programs are better than any others that are available.

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