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Richie Writes Song With Kids From Indian Lake Virtually Thanks To NERIC: Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Another first, ladies and gentlemen.  Through the use of magic teleconferencing technology at NERIC (Northeastern Regional Information Center) in Albany, I was able to pull this off.  This was a blast to try out.  You can see the results below.

OK, so here’s what happened.  I got an email from a very nice teacher WAY UP in Indian Lake, NY, Jolene Clark.  She wanted me to come and do my school program, but being that it was a two hour drive from Albany, it made it a little difficult

Screen shot indian lake
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Mrs Clark had an idea though.  She told me about NERIC and how schools use teleconferencing all the time now (just like in the business world). I wasn’t sure how or if it would work, being that there was a slight delay between what you say or play on the keyboard and what they would hear.  But Eileen Drescher and Bob (sorry, don’t know your last name!) did an AWESOME job explaining this and setting it all up.

Here’s what it looked like on the split screen

Screen Shot Richie NERIC Reading Writing Rhyming
photo by NER

And here’s the final song (with additional music tracks added back at ‘GNA)

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mp3 version (right click to download)

                                                 BONUS:  The entire session, unedited

Actual Writing Session

Thanks again to Jolene Clark and Principal Dave Snide as well.  Also special kudos to longtime sponsor, Hannaford Supermarkets for sponsoring the program



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