The Rise of Video Creation and Consumption in the Classroom

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By Alan D. Greenberg

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – or Will It?

It was 1971 when Gil Scott-Heron performed the electrifying The Revolution Will Not be Televised – an angry anthem addressing social change, black power, and resistance to commercial media.  Most of us were kids or not born yet when Scott-Heron first released the song, but that soulful tune about radical change is still worth a listen today.

But while the song still entertains, we may have to take ...

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Merging Streaming Capabilities with Video Conferencing Platforms

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

As a kid, I was always a big fan of Legos.

I loved using the building blocks to assemble model ships or miniature buildings. When putting together creations piece-by-piece, you’re really only limited by your own creativity.

So, it’s little wonder that I’m starting to grow a tad jealous of technology resellers – particularly those who specialize in assembling video communications solutions for enterprises and education institutions. Increasingly, the principles that make Legos so much fun are paving the ...

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High-Touch or Automated Classroom Capture?

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Creating video content takes a lot more effort than just flipping on a camera.

After all, it seemingly takes a small army to make the videos we watch as couch potatoes in our living rooms. Technicians need to get equipment in place. The lighting needs to be just right. Audio inputs have to be managed. And once you have good video captured, you need other professionals to edit it all together.

Little wonder that some folks can get overwhelmed ...

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Sharing is Caring When it Comes to Lecture Capture

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By Alan D. Greenberg

When it comes to lecture capture, sharing is caring.

But I’m not talking about “sharing” in the way that Big Bird or Mr. Rogers encourages toddlers to share their toys. Rather, this is about the different meanings invoked by the idea of “sharing” in the classroom.

The very concept of lecture capture truly is about sharing – taking the drama (or routine) of a moment and giving it a place where all can experience it in digital eternity. It’s ...

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Tips for Simplifying Your Video Ecosystem

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

To make your webcasting world more efficient, it may pay to take some lessons from Henry Ford.

The father of mass production transformed the automobile industry a century ago by standardizing assembly lines, making it easier and cheaper to make cars. Today, a good, healthy dose of that same type of standardization applied to your streaming initiatives could go a long way in helping video become a more central part of your business communications toolbox.

In an enterprise environment ...

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Top 5 Benefits of Open APIs

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

I loved playing with Lego blocks as a kid.

Block by block, a youngster can use Legos to build model houses, airplanes, spaceships – just about anything you could imagine. And – if your imagination happened to outgrow your horde of Legos – you could ask for more at your birthday and just go on building bigger and better creations.

Given my love of Legos, it’s of little wonder that there’s a soft spot in this industry analyst’s heart ...

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Why You Should Add Live Video to Your Video Strategy

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

When it comes to online video in the enterprise, all roads seemingly lead to live production.

No matter how much money you spend on assembling splashy on-demand videos, investing in advanced content archiving systems or otherwise building extensive video content libraries, your success or failure in online video ultimately rests on reliably delivering live video on a cost-effective basis.

At first glance, it’s hard to explain executives’ apparent love affair with live video. After all, I have yet to ...

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Classroom Capture: It’s Good to Have Someone Watching Over Your Shoulder

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

It never hurts to have a watchful eye looking over your shoulder.

This maxim may seem outdated in today’s video-enriched classroom, where lecture capture systems have become so simple that even the most technology adverse professors can easily initiate the recording of an in-class presentation for later viewing.

Video in the classroom has not always been this straightforward. Recall the traditional process of recording video in a learning environment. In a big classroom, a technician would sit in a ...

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Discovering the Right Room for Live and On Demand Streaming: Seek and Ye Shall Find

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By: Alan D. Greenberg

Stopped by your local college anytime recently for a soda in the student union, or an adult learning seminar offered by local faculty?  If you have been on any educational campus recently but not looked around, you may have missed the quiet revolution taking place in on-demand tech, simply because you were in the wrong room.

Consider the results of the most recent Wainhouse Research survey of 228 respondents in Higher Education (HE), K-12, and not-for-profit / governmental ...

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The Importance of Searchability in an Age of Information Overload

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Libraries are of little use when all the books are scattered on the floor.

After all, even having a collection equivalent to the Library of Congress doesn’t mean a whole lot if you can’t find the right piece of information when you need it. Without a structure for sorting and cataloging all titles, books become little more than intellectual clutter.

So imagine the plight of companies today that are dealing with new age libraries of their own. Increasingly, organizations ...

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