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Online video has completed changed how people learn. With just a few clicks, it’s now possible to access and learn from an incredible variety of experts, innovators and thought-leaders from across the globe. As a result, it's no surprise that online video has been embraced by educational institutions as an incredibly valuable tool. 

Modern and Contemporary Poetry, a free Coursera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) taught by Al Filreis at the University of Pennsylvania, hosts weekly live webcasts from the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, PA. We decided to take the show on the road and host webcasts in San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC and London. Here's the gear we used, which is optimized with weight, efficiency and travel in mind.

In order to record a Google Hangout, the easiest way is to use "Google Hangouts on Air." Adding the "On Air" feature to a Google Hangout is intended to make your meeting public so that anyone can tune in and watch it -- BUT, you can make it private, if you prefer, and still gain the benefit of a downloadable recording. The easiest way to do a Google Hangout On Air is through YouTube.

 

The Streaming Media East conference in New York City was excellent, as usual! The conference covers everything from the technical side to the business side of online video. There was a lot of great content, but these are my 7 favorite takeaways.