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We're still waiting on technology that can beam the mild California winter through fiber-optic cables to an East Coast under siege from an Alberta Clipper. In the meantime you might want to check out the live audio feed from this year's Big Idea Festival.

The festival, which started yesterday, got into full swing today, and winds down Wednesday in Half Moon Bay, Calif., brings together 175 educators focused on transforming the educational system through methods that include increased and savvy technology use. And if you're unable to be out West, you can listen in to three rapid-fire sessions, including one in a matter of moments at 5 p.m. today (ET), by clicking on the play button on the left side of the festival website.

Today's session includes:

• Sharyn Gabriel, a middle school principal and author of Answer to the Teenage Literacy Crisis: Keep Them Engaged
• Jennifer Anastasoff, president and founding CEO of EnCorps, a program aimed at creating a pipeline of STEM teachers and tutors
• Diego Navarro, a founder, director, and instructor at the Academy for College Excellence, a first-semester community college focused on providing unprepared students with the basics in academics and technology to succeed in a contemporary environment
• Dave Merrill, co-founder and president of interactive game designers Sifteo.

The other live audio sessions are tomorrow at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ET), weaved into a full program at Half Moon Bay's Ritz-Carlton Hotel. I'll be tuning in, and giving you some thoughts on the biggest of the big.

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