Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Buckle Boy Saves the Day

This has all the makings of a made-for-tv movie (via Will Richardson):
We began with a problem at the middle school: how can we raise awareness of seatbelt safety? First, we looked for a resource with the “sticky factor” - something that sticks in your mind, and makes you think of that idea when the right stimulus is present (eg. a seatbelt). So, we went hunting high and low on the web, and discovered a YouTube video by a high school senior, Aaron Bingea, in Delano, Minnesota. In Aaron’s videos, he personifies the seat belt, and reminds viewers that, “You have a superhero in your car.”
Read the full post - it gets better (and follow the link to all the cheesy, yet charming Buckle Boy videos on YouTube). The kids in China learn about seatbelt safety, it helps save the video production class at Aaron's high school in Minnesota, and Aaron just may end up visiting the students in Shanghai next spring.

As Will says, welcome to the read/write web. As we've talked about before, it's no longer "turn it in" - instead, it's "publish it." You have your own publishing house in your classroom - let's use it.

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