inspirational stuff:

It's a video from TED, about the power of filming being in "the hands of the people".

Make a film for Pangea Day.

A note from the TED Curator:

"Dear Friends of TED,

Now this is exciting. A powerful, 2-minute TED video has just been given star billing at YouTube and I need your help to get it to spread further…

The video heralds the launch of Pangea Day, called for by 2006 TED prize winner, Jehane Noujaim. For the next 24 hours, it is being featured on YouTube’s global home-page as well as all nine of YouTube’s international home-pages.

Maybe it's just me, but every time I see this trailer, it sets my spine a-tingling. I hope you’ll take a minute to view it, rate it, write a quick comment about it and then blog it, or pass the link along to friends. Each of these actions will have a multiplying effect and will help us reach out to thousands of film-makers around the world who we need to submit content for possible inclusion in Pangea Day

The project is taking off, and its ambition level is spectacular. On May 10, 2008 - Pangea Day - Jehane’s wish will come to fruition as sites in New York City, Rio, London, Dharamsala, Cairo, Jerusalem, and Kigali will be video-conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films - supplemented by visionary speakers, and global musicians. The purpose: to use the power of film to promote better understanding of our common humanity. A global audience will watch through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

A powerful advisory board has come together to support the project. It includes:
JJ Abrams
Lawrence Bender
Nancy Buirski
lan Cumming
Ami Dar
Cameron Diaz
Goldie Hawn
Vik Muniz
Clare Munn
Eboo Patel
Alexander Payne
Meg Ryan
Deborah Scranton
Jeff Skoll
Philippe Starck
Yossi Vardi
Kevin Wall

If you’re interested learning more and/or helping out, please send an email to Pangea Day executive director Delia Cohen ( More details are available at the project's beautiful website created for us by Avenue A/Razorfish:

Now enjoy the film!
Very best,
Chris Anderson
TED Curator"

Tags: Pangea+Day, TED, film, video

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Connie thanks.

I've been meaning to say hello and you truly are the epitomy of the sharing/caring, new world educator!

I'm watching now and will blog.....

Also, since they are celebrating the power of image, I'll post up my own video. A collection of what I think are the best photos of all time. Also available for download on my resource site. One version has info. between the slides, on the photo and significance......
Its great isnt Connie. I wonder what will do. I like the idea of giving the students a broad titled topic to work on, an open book so to speak. It makes for a great read as a teacher.

We have set up a rather random project at Tauntons to track down and source old soccer jersies... leftfield I know but its so much fun watching the students try solve the problem. I introduced the project Friday and they were forever questioning the ideas for the rest of the lesson - we got little coursework done but so much thinking took place instead.



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