This past Saturday, October 20th, was a sad day for me as
, one of my favorite phone-casting services, went dark for good. I had been using cinch (formerly cinchcast and a spin-off of
) since early 2009 as a way to keep my students and parents updated on class happenings. I would wear a bluetooth headset on my drive home from work and call in to record a brief message, which then automatically posted to a widget on my class website and to the class Edmodo stream via the rss feed. I've attached an example in case you want to listen.
In addition, on a personal note, I would sometimes record my two children if I wanted to capture them laughing or reading or just enjoying life. I would call in, enable the speaker phone and set it down near them to record without them even knowing. Thankfully, I was able to download all of the audio from cinch to iTunes before they shut it down Saturday.
As an alternative to cinch I now use
which offers live phone-casting. It offers more features the Cinch ever did, the main one being audio transcription.
Anyway, thanks for a few good years cinch. It was fun to be on the cutting edge of educational technology together....
Justin Talmadge - Posted On 2/12/2010
by Mr. Talmadge