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I got to see the cast of the new Electric Company by PBS!  My kids actually love this show.  I recorded it just so I could explain to them how I used to love the original show.  I never thought they would fall in love with it.  It’s actually one of the few shows I actually feel absolutely fine with them watching.  The kids did a wonderful job with the pre-show.  I actually found myself groovin’ to their funkdafied performances =)

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If your kids haven’t seen the new Electric Company, I highly suggest you check your local PBS station and see when it shows.  If you loved the original series from the 70s, there are some similarities with styling, music, and literacy lessons, but it is practically a different show.  However, it’s very educational and worth a watch!

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I promised you all that I would chronicle my “newbie” experience at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)  2009 in Washington D.C., so here goes.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to leave a day early for NECC to participate in the EduBloggerCon festivities.  So what did I do?  I listened in through UStream.  The Web 2.0 Smackdown was delivered through Ustream and CoverItLive, which was a great combination to get the information virtually.  All events were covered by Elluminate, which proved to have almost impossible to hear audio.  You can access recorded video of the events at the EduBloggerCon “Live in DC” 2009 wiki page.

The Web 2.0. Smackdown provided an open forum for attendees to belly up to the mic and have 3 minutes to share a web 2.0 application.  Some of the offerings that I found interesting included the following:

Images

Tinyeye.com-reverse image search engine

Taggalaxy.de-flickr tag search

Google-“similar images link” is now there..!!!!

Comfight.com-search flickr with creative commons off and on

Toogle-http://c6.org/toogle/-image search engine that returns photos made of the word searched for

 

Music

Noteflight.com (2-5) like Sibelius

Jamstudio.com-can be used with Audacity

 

Chat/video streaming

Todaysmeet.com-find a virtual meeting spot free and easy

Ustream.tv-broadcast your own content!

CoverItLive.com-perfect for blogging a live event, presents blog in a live window where you can see real-time comments!

 

Professional connections/networks

Iconnectilearn.ning.com

K12onlineconference.org

Edtechtalk.com-community of webcasting

 

Games

Freshbrain.org-make 3d video games

 

iPhone apps

Bumptechnologies.com-allows you to swap info between iphones

 

Video search

Wibe7.tv

 

 

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