Jay Leno and Al Gore

Sounds like the “Odd Couple,” doesn’t it?

lenoandflip.jpgWell, I’m writing about Jay because he featured some student films done with Flip cameras the other night and one was done by a girl who graduated from a local high school here in the northwest burbs of Chicago. The students had to film and turn out a story less than 90 seconds long using the words remorse, dairy and sprint. But don’t feel bad; no cows were hurt in the process and no one had to run with the bulls. Looks like Jay, Richard Roeper and the NYU students had a good time showing how easy it is to turn out a digital story with a simple camera and simple editing software.

goreyoutube.jpg     And the former vice-president came across my radar screen because he is this month’s YouTube Video Volunteers curator in honor of Earth Day.  Check out Mr. Gore’s challenge here. He’s asking for videos supporting organizations working for climate change by April 19th. Of course, you don’t have to join the fray at YouTube to get your students excited about Earth Day.  Your students can do a quick video highlighting your class, school or community’s efforts to preserve the earth and then share it on your school website as your contribution to Earth Day.


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  1. Whitnie Weaver said:

    I think it is great to see that organizations and contests out of the classroom are asking students to create digital stories. The teenagers of today function better when they get an opportunity to work with digital media rather than the old standby of simple word processing software. Not only that, but emphasis on this method outside of the classroom is much more likely to spark student interest within the classroom, which I feel is often the missing link in many teachers’ endeavors to help their students appreciate their lessons.

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