So, my main point of this post...the lamp. I saw this video today at the METC and about DIED laughing. It is absolutely hysterical. Check it out:
See?! Hilarious. It does make me want an IKEA in St. Louis...but that's a side note. What I love about it is that it transforms a simple object into something you feel sorry for and empathize with. Makes you think--even for a split second--"Awww, poor lamp. That's awful it got thrown out and has to be alone in the pour raining..." but then the guy comes on and sets you straight. LOVE that. What I love even more is that through technology and film editing the peeps at IKEA made this happen; they made you feel sorry for the lamp. I think they could have put anything in that lamp's place and people would have felt bad for it. And that's what I love about technology--it can do ANYTHING! Even make you feel sorry for a lamp!--a flippin' lamp!
As I'm on my technology kick (and if that video didn't prove to you that technology can accomplish almost anything--like making you empathize with a lamp--I give up) I wanted to share with you some recent projects my kiddos did in my American Cultures class. We are learning about terrorism, and have recently spent a significant amount of time looking at September 11th. The kids made 9/11 tribute videos. I was BLOWN AWAY by what they created. Below are links to 2 videos (both are available on the student's YouTube channel...but I can't figure out where I put the link...) that you can download. Definitely check them out...they are incredibly moving, fantastic tributes, and excellent student work for 12 year olds. Enjoy!