Hey, parents! We're excited to introduce you to The Electric Company website on PBS KIDS and its exciting features. The site brings the vibrancy of the show to an interactive environment and is geared toward users of all reading levels. Here's a quick look:
Electric Company Videos
The streaming video player offers full episodes, show clips, and music videos, as well as web-exclusive interviews, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes pieces. Kids can save their favorite videos to their profile.
With the Video SmashUp, children preview, select, and assemble clips from the show to mix with stickers, text cards, transitions, and music to make their very own video creations. The SmashUp reinforces the theme-based vocabulary of the show, by helping kids build stories of their own using vocabulary stickers and text screens. These creations appear in their profile and in a user gallery, where others can rate the videos, send to a friend, or remix them into new video creations.
The Electric Company site features eleven games, which focus largely on phonetic goals and strategies for reading. Many of the games incorporate video, music, animations and characters from the show.
User Profiles ("My Profile")
Kids can create their own profiles on the site – a great opportunity for self-expression! (Moderated by Sesame Workshop staff, of course.) Users can choose a graphical background and a user icon for their page, and can display their favorite clips from the site's video section. In the section of their profile called "My Creations," they can post audio clips created in Shock's beatbox game. Users also can decorate their profiles with "zaps," which are animated images or "stickers" that are hidden throughout the site.
A user's page is visible to anyone registered on the site.
Twelve of the show's characters also have their own profiles. Learn more about each character with a biographical slideshow. These profiles also contain show clips and printable activity sheets featuring each character. All of the characters' total point tallies live on their profile pages.
The Electric Challenge is an ongoing competition that allows users to earn points from the games that they play (Chain Game, Combotronic, etc.), and apply them to their own user profiles and to their favorite character's profile. When a user gains a certain number of points, she will earn "zaps "or backgrounds for her profile page.
The points that all site users earn for a specific character will be added to that character's page.
The Battle page shows how each of the twelve characters are doing on the Leader board. It also includes a Hall of Fame with videos of the characters who have earned the most points in the past month and previous months.
Zaps are interactive vocabulary "stickers" found in the site-wide scavenger hunt. Each zap found by the user is saved to their profile page and can be used to decorate and give their profile page a personal flair.