In January, a group of gifted middle school students in North Texas hatched a plan. They decided to send a message as far and wide as it could go on the Internet about an issue that affects them personally: their education.
"We need a new school system, one that mixes collaboration with achievement, excellence with technology," writes Orooj on the class blog in the midst of creating the project.
Coached by their teacher, J. Fletcher, the students took on the task of creating the inspirational video above. Their final aim is to make a dramatic impact and influence public opinion. In the process, they've learned how to negotiate with adults, create websites, research and learn about fair use laws, as well as the many details of producing a video.
Though it's obviously a learning experience for the students, Fletcher himself has been moved by it.