I did not grow up in U.S., so I actually never watched shows like Sesame Street or The Electric Company. When I was growing up in Korea, I remember there was an educational broadcasting channel (EBS). Unlike other channels, my parents let me watch everything the channel aired because they were all "good" for me to watch. I always favored other channel's programs over EBS ones. EBS cartoons were boring, less colorful, and not much fun. (I just checked EBS's website...I understand that it's an educational broadcasting channel, but even the elementary school page was all about test test test. If I were a 3rd grader, I would not go to the site. If I had a choice of a fun and testing site, where would I go?) I wonder if any of PBS kids shows in the 80's had similar effects on children when compared to other shows. The shows that the presenters talked about, segments on SPROUTS and The Electric Company look nothing like what watched growing up. These shows really capture the audience with the coolness with uses of advancing media technology and teach what children need to learn.
My kindergarteners who are learning about letter sounds and blends would really enjoy hip-hop style sound segment on The Electric Company. Since a lot of new knowledge that my class learns is through songs and movements, I would love to find some clips from shows to use with them!
I've been checking out some websites.
seems fun to explore. BUT, because of its outdoors/jungle-ish theme, it could turn off lots of users who are not into it.
another bbc site- a nice site for english learners... and can give students an idea to create stories by voice recording.
a collaborative space for people to talk via voice, video, text, and/or images- you should play with it~ pretty cool~
text to movies! soooo cool~
moving image education