I showed President Obama’s speech on Sept. 8 during my Social Studies class. My students were really interested because he talked about things they could relate to (ie: how J.K. Rowling was turned down time after time by publishers before Harry Potter was finally published, or how Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team). He discussed things like this to show the students of America that you shouldn’t give up, and to always try your best, and that failure is okay, as long as you learn from it and keep going. I was inspired by how much my students were inspired.
I think this video contest for the students is intriguing, for the students can showcase how they plan to achieve their dreams, all the while it is encouraging and promoting the use of technology in and out of the classroom. I think it’s interesting how 10 finalists’ videos will be aired on the Department of Education’s YouTube page. I didn’t know there was such a thing! Did anyone else know of this?