Teaching Visions of Hope & Possibility: National TEL.A.VISION Day is Friday

National TEL.A.VISION Day is this Friday and will have a live segment from the National Youth Leadership Council conference in Memphis, TN...as well as a 24 hour internet broadcast with dozens of vision videos created by youth.

What is TEL.A.VISION? It's a new Web 2.0 platform that inspires youth to create and share visions of hope and possibility through personal "vision videos" of their dreams, hope and aspirations (think about the platform one they can use to "tell.A.vision").

Teaching kids to live a more intentional life by creating a vision video, which combines goal-setting, visualization and creativity -- in addition to providing them with the skills to combine multiple media types and communicate something as complex as their own, personal vision -- is a powerful experience. Kids love TEL.A.VISION because it's fun. Educators and parents love it because it offers a positive online activity that has potential to create real value in the world.

A New Digital Footprint
TEL.A.VISION was founded by a friend of mine, Minnesota entrepreneur George Johnson, to counteract negative imagery in the world, primarily on television. TEL.A.VISION videos are created via www.telavision.tv, with technology powered by One True Media (www.onetruemedia.com), a TEL.A.VISION partner and maker of online software that allows people to easily create and share video montages. Kids create a TEL.A.VISION video by combining compelling words, images and music into a three-minute guided tour through one's desired future.

Johnson launched the free online technology in Minneapolis last October. As a result, educators and youth leaders are successfully using the technology and curriculum within their classrooms and programs. The Minneapolis School District is slated to have students develop vision videos using TEL.A.VISION technology next fall. TEL.A.VISION also caught the attention of one of the nation's top educational organizations, TIES Education Technology Collaborative, which will engage its member-schools in TEL.A.VISION Day through a special contest where classrooms create collaborative "Vision for America" videos for a chance to win prizes and recognition during the 24-hour TEL.A.VISION Day broadcast.

Check it out and watch all or part of the internet broadcast this Friday. If you'd like to read (and view videos) about TEL.A.VISION and many of the students who've created vision videos already, please take a peek at our blog here.

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