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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 =)



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!


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 image search engine tag search

Google-“similar images link” is now there..!!!! flickr with creative commons off and on

Toogle- search engine that returns photos made of the word searched for


Music (2-5) like Sibelius be used with Audacity


Chat/video streaming a virtual meeting spot free and easy your own content! for blogging a live event, presents blog in a live window where you can see real-time comments!


Professional connections/networks of webcasting


Games 3d video games


iPhone apps you to swap info between iphones


Video search




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