8th Grade Was NEVER So Cool!

I have some fellow bloggers (Angela and Mike) that are big… no… HUGE advocates for the use of advanced technology in the classroom. They counsel and coach educators, businesses, boards, parents and just about anyone that will listen on the advantages of learning through advanced technology – kind of like a “School 2.0.”

I read their blogs daily. I follow them on Twitter (@AngelaMaiers and @mikesansone). Basically, I (stalk) aspire to be like them – both personally and professionally. They have passion. They have a drive that is unmatched. And their commitment to furthering education and literacy has been nothing less than inspiring.

So… That’s pretty much where my appreciation of their efforts stopped… Until this morning.

For the last three weeks, my daughter’s 8th grade Wellness class at Carlisle Middle School has been working on PSAs for Alcohol abuse/education. They were given the opportunity to create a print ad, an outdoor display ad, or a 5 minute video for their PSA.

Now, of course, being a print designer at heart, I would have chosen the print ad or outdoor display – also because they just sounded easier. But, my daughter and her friends decided to grab gauntlet and throw it down… And boy did they… Madison revealed the video (also created into a DVD for the class) to our family this morning.

Check this out.

…cool huh? (beaming dad) I think they had fun…

So, why the huge hat tip to Angela and Mike? Because, along with Carlisle’s teachers and staff, they get it.

Education needs to keep up with technology and utilize the advancements that are available to students to create an acutely aware, well educated and technologically advanced society. This is our future.

Could I have done this when I was in 8th grade? Heck no. I could barely button my coat. But through people like Angela and Mike, and the staff at Carlisle, as well as other schools around the nation; our children have the potential to change the way the world communicates… thinks… interacts… lives.

I’m impressed with all of you and I just wanted to say “Thanks” and brag on my baby for a little bit…

God bless.

Keep cooking!
Andrew B. Clark
– The Brand Chef

6 Comments
  1. WOW! Can’t wait till Angela sees this one!

    Madison and Paige did a great job (as did the Carlisle staff!) I am proud to follow (stalk?) you too, my friend.

    We’ve been working with the Carlisle staff (more on the offline literacy components), but Angela is always evangelizing 21st century skills — and you’re right – the Carlisle school system gets it!!

    Keep up the great cooking!

  2. When Madison came to me asking if I could help (being form the industry) I told her she needed to “do it herself.” Then she shows me THIS… WOW… I was blown away…

    I helped her edit a bit of it, but she, Paige and Maggie scripted, shot and produced the entire piece… and they understood the medium, the reach and the power…

    8th GRADE!… I’m impressed. The future is bright. And the light isn’t even at full tilt, yet.

    In one day, we’ve heard from her teachers and have been asked to have reproductions of the DVD made for the Carlisle board as well as other schools as an example of how “new technology” can be used as an educational tool…BR/BR/The flame gets turned up a notch…

    Keep Cooking!
    Andrew…

  3. I don’t have kids yet but education is something that I think about a lot.

    With the rapid changes taking place it’s obviously hard for schools to keep up, and most are falling behind. The driving forces outside of schools have to be let in. Glad to see an example of some steps in that direction. Great stuff!

  4. Thanks Chris! Yeah… the whole kids thing does change your perspective a bit. But as you said, keeping education “top of mind” is imperative – kids or not.

    Think of it this way – with the advancements taking place today, your kids will be doing video and online presentations in pre-school!!! Yikes.

    Thanks for stopping by the kitchen!

    Keep Cooking!
    Andrew

  5. Andrew-

    I am smiling from ear to ear! Paige, Madison, and their teachers in Carlisle get an A+!

    So often, I hear adults say things like “these kids today” -my response back is: THESE KIDS TODAY-WOW! Look what they can do!

    Your daughter is living proof that our future is bright if we have adults, like you, who get it!

    Oh…I stalk you, too!

  6. Now that’s a comment… I’m honored and humbled.

    I posted this because it made a connection to what I’ve read about on your blog. Perfectly. I’ve been reading. I’ve been inspired… and then it all came full circle with none other than my own daughter. I was ecstatic.

    Again… thank you for your passion and your vision.

    And for God’s sake… For our kids’ sake…

    KEEP COOKING!
    Andrew