Ghetto Film School
Some lucky film-loving students are living out a fantasy (and possible future reality!) at the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx. Perhaps some of you more hip to the know in video already heard about this school but for the rest of you, read on. Former social worker, Joe Hall, founded the school in June 2000 as a way to connect talented budding filmmakers to educational and career opportunities in the field. Competition to get into the 15-month program is fierce (only 20 of 120 applicants are accepted) and rightly so: students meet once a week after school, receive film cameras, and get “top-level” guidance and feedback throughout their studies. What's more is that each student writes a thesis script which is then judged by the class. The “winning” script is then filmed in a location outside of the US.
By the way, the school was named by the founder, who wanted to give power to the word “ghetto” and turn it into something positive. For more details, see the NPR article.The Future of Education
Here is a general overview of the importance of technology to support a globally competitive classroom. The theme is nothing new, but the delivery is interesting. And catchy.
The Wheels on the Bus app is a good one for the kiddies. It's an interactive storybook that features the infamous children's song. Brightly illustrated with touch-triggered animation (I think I just coined an awkward tech phrase), the app offers the song in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German) and gives the option of having different instruments play the melody. The best part: you can record your voice for each slide! Ah, to be young again…
(Heads up… I'm thinking the next iPhone app I propose will be karaoke-esque in nature. WATCH OUT, INNOCENT PUBLIC EARS)