Slideshare + Podcast = Slidecast!

The good folks at Slideshare have a new mashup online called Slidecast, which allows you to upload an MP3 of music, narration, etc., and sync it to your slide presentation. I’ll try to give it a whirl tomorrow evening and post the results here Sunday or Monday (here’s a link to their blog post about it from July 24).

Also, this story from Gizmodo [via Sci Fi Tech] makes me cringe on so many levels I can’t even begin to describe. I know there are tragic stories every year about parents leaving their kids in cars unattended, so I guess there’s a market need for these things, but… words fail. Having been a tired, stressed out, sleep-deprived father of a newborn, I can proudly say that I’ve never needed a keychain alarm to remind me that I’ve left my infant son alone in the car. Have we become this reliant on technology?

Actually, the more I roll this around my mind, how different is this from something like a baby monitor? We really valued having a little B&W video baby cam/monitor setup when our son was younger, and it still comes in handy from time to time. I still don’t think they’re equivalent, but maybe I should tone down the snark a little bit (naah). With another little one on the way, I’m still mindful of the role technology plays in our parenting. To me, utilizing the technology without letting it become a crutch is key, and my wife and I are still trying to strike that balance. I think this is true in teaching as well – use the technology, don’t let the technology use you.

This was just meant to be a two-line post about Slidecast.  I’m off to check the baby monitor.

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