Friday, December 20, 2013

Social Farter

Social Farter 

If you only fart with friends, you're not a farter. You're just a social farter and that makes it OK.

Social Farter Quits

Quitting social farting can be more difficult than you think. We have tips and tools to help. Visit

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Does the PISA Report Tell Us About U.S. Education?


When the OECD releases the PISA report every three years, many people use the ranking to claim public education in the U.S. is failing and push their corporate education reform agenda. But looking at the data, lessons that can be learned from the highest performing countries point in a completely different direction. For more information: #ReclaimIt

Friday, December 6, 2013

On the Road: Middle school football players execute life-changing play.

Published on Oct 25, 2013
As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets the Olivet Eagles, a middle school football team who took a fledgling player under their wing and executed what may be the most successful play of all time.

Monday, November 25, 2013

How To Become Assertive

Watch How To Become Assertive from the leading how to video provider. This advice video will give you helpful instructions to guarantee you get good at communication skills, career fulfillment, becoming assertive, relationships improve your communication, videojug loves.


Good Samaritan teaches homeless man computer coding


Video: A good Samaritan taught a 37-year-old man living on the streets how to write computer code, changing his life completely. Now Leo Grand is looking for a home, a job, and a place to present his custom-made carpooling app. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports and Grand and his benefactor, Patrick McConlogue, visit TODAY.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Take a Seat - Make a Friend?

This could work for individual and/or small group counseling .. going to need a bigger office :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Making the Most of Middle School


Terra + Drake // Dirty Dancing

They enjoy time at the cabin, running around the lakes, drinking wine on roof top patios, and they really like to dance.

Before they got hitched, Terra and Drake worked on a surprise dance to perform on the big day. If you've ever seen Dirty Dancing, you might wonder why they weren't tapped to be in the remake.

For more from Joe Pollock Films, visit

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's Not about the nail ... a must see again!

"Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Google+: Beautiful movies, made Auto Awesomely

Just take videos and photos with your phone as usual, and Google+ will automatically make you a beautiful short movie, complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack. You can share the video as is, or dive into the editing process to customize even further.

Available in the Google+ app on certain Android 4.3+ phones

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baby LED light suit halloween costume preview

Funny Dogs with Eye Brows

Father from viral math video: 'I was overwhelmed' 

Video: Farnoosh and Aria Shahrokhshahi, the father-son duo that recently went viral for a taped reaction to Aria’s passing math grade, Skype in to explain that touching moment seven months ago. Aria, who is now in college, says he wanted to share “one of the happiest moments in my life with the world.”

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Patrick Stewart Talks about Domestic Violence and PTSD

Published on May 29, 2013
This was my question to Sir Patrick Stewart at Comicpalooza 2013. I wanted to thank Patrick Stewart for his speech at Amnesty International it personally help me put a name to the abuse, sexual abuse in my case, I had experienced in the past. He responded very passionately and the last thing I thought I would get at was a heartfelt hug.

When he embraced me he told me "You never have to go through that again, you're safe now". I just kept thanking him.

I hope everyone who needs help in abusive or violent situations has the courage to do so. There are people willing and ready to help you. There are hotline numbers a little farther down.

This video is owned by Oswald Vinueza and full recording can be found here

I posted an extended response about the experience here on my blog

If you need help, please reach out!

Refuge Hotline in UK

Combat Stress Hotline In UK


Vets in USA with PTSD Hotline
1-800-273-8255, press 1.

USA Hotline for Domestic Abuse

Friday, September 27, 2013

GoPro: Fireman Saves Kitten

Google Garage

How can educators do this too?

The Line

Where is the line between love and control?

Coralee Trigger, a student filmmaker, made this video PSA for us as the culmination of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Member of ‘Rosie the Riveter’ brigade still going at 93

Elinor Otto was part of the famous “Rosie the Riveter” brigade that put women into the workforce producing planes to help the World War II effort. She’s still working today at age 93, helping produce Boeing C-17 cargo planes. She tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that retirement is just not in her blood.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

So you think you will dance? STOP THE TRAFFIK

So you think you will dance? Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked - tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry. Awareness campaign created by Duval Guillaume Modem and produced by monodot in support of STOP THE TRAFFIK. Visit to get involved. Music: a-shja by Raveyards vs. DJ Uinkxxx

Imagine a smart sock that tells you how WELL you run!
Imagine a super accurate fitness tracker that tells you how far, how fast you run. Now imagine a smart sock that tells you how WELL you run! Introducing Sensoria Fitness. Smart Socks. Colorful Anklet. Mobile App.

Danielle (Amazing Aging Video)

I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. The idea was that something is happening but you can't see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.
Still Photographer: Keith Sirchio
Animator: Nathan Meier
Animator: Edmund Earle
Nuke Artist: George Cuddy
Music: Mark Reveley 
©2013 Anthony Cerniello

Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mind blowing visual effects.

‘Queen Bees’ author reveals world of teenage boys

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Rosalind Wiseman is the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” the basis of the hit movie “Mean Girls.” She tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that her new book, “Masterminds and Wingmen,” reveals that boys have as much baggage from their school days and face as many problems growing up as girls do. 


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Y-CARE: How to Help Someone in Crisis (The Trevor Project)

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011
During National Suicide Prevention Week, visit to learn why YOU should CARE and how you can help save a life.

Y-CARE? Because:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year-olds.
- LGB youth are up to 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.

Remember, you are never alone. If you or someone you know needs help, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. It's free, confidential and available 24/7. Or visit

Music Credit: "Work" by Aaron and Andrew

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Letter From Fred - "Oh Sweet Lorraine" An Amazing Song

A short video documentary about a 96-year-old's love song is going viral. Green Shoe Studio in Illinois held a Singer Songwriter contest, asking local musicians to upload their original songs to YouTube and send them a link.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

American Winter - Preview (2/1/13)

Premiering on HBO on March 18, 2013, AMERICAN WINTER is a powerful and timely documentary that follows the stories of eight families struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and reveals the impact of rising economic inequality, cuts to social services, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

Dylan Garity - "Friend Zone" (Button Poetry First Readings)

Don't be fooled, this video gets real at the end ...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Amazing Battery Test!

Here is a simple and amazing way to test any alkaline battery without tools! Works in seconds! Try it!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air

Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air

I've never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, really. It's like the saying in that old Five Man Electrical Band song. So when the creative director of an ad agency in Peru sent me a picture of what he claimed was the first billboard that produces potable water from air, my initial reaction was: gotta be a hoax, or at best, a gimmick.

Except it's neither: The billboard pictured here is real, it's located in Lima, Peru, and it produces around 100 liters of water a day (about 26 gallons) from nothing more than humidity, a basic filtration system and a little gravitational ingenuity.

Let's talk about Lima for a moment, the largest city in Peru and the fifth largest in all of the Americas, with some 7.6 million people (closer to 9 million when you factor in the surrounding metro area). Because it sits along the southern Pacific Ocean, the humidity in the city averages 83% (it's actually closer to 100% in the mornings). But Lima is also part of what's called a coastal desert: It lies at the northern edge of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, meaning the city sees perhaps half an inch of precipitation annually (Lima is the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo). Lima thus depends on drainage from the Andes as well as runoff from glacier melt — both sources on the decline because of climate change.

Enter the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC), which was looking for something splashy to kick off its application period for 2013 enrollment. It turned to ad agency Mayo DraftFCB, which struck on the idea of a billboard that would convert Lima's H2O-saturated air into potable water. And then they actually built one.

It's not entirely self-sufficient, requiring electricity (it's not clear how much) to power the five devices that comprise the billboard's inverse osmosis filtration system, each device responsible for generating up to 20 liters. The water is then transported through small ducts to a central holding tank at the billboard's base, where you'll find — what else? — a water faucet. According to Mayo DraftFCB, the billboard has already produced 9,450 liters of water (about 2,500 gallons) in just three months, which it says equals the water consumption of "hundreds of families per month." Just imagine what dozens, hundreds or even thousands of these things, strategically placed in the city itself or outlying villages, might do. And imagine what you could accomplish in any number of troubled spots around the world that need potable water with a solution like this.

Mayo DraftFCB says it dropped the billboard along the Pan-American Highway at kilometer marker 89.5 when summer started (in December, mind you — Lima's south of the equator) and that it's designed to inspire young Peruvians to study engineering at UTEC while simultaneously illustrating how advertising can be more than just an eyesore. (Done and done, I'd say.)

"We wanted future students to see how engineers can also solve social needs in daily basis kinds of situations," said Alejandro Aponte, creative director at Mayo DraftFCB.

The city's residents could certainly use the help. According to a 2011 The Independent piece ominously titled "The desert city in serious danger of running dry," about 1.2 million residents of Lima lack running water entirely, depending on unregulated private-company water trucks to deliver the goods — companies that charge up to 30 soles (US $10) per cubic meter of H2O, or as The Independent notes, 20 times what more well-off residents pay for their tapwater.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Long Island Landscapers

For this ragtag group of landscapers the only thing they do better than cutting grass, is cutting corners. With bad attitudes and endless fighting, every landscaping job could be their last. Long Island Landscapers, season premiere coming this September 26th, at 9/8C. Backyards beware!

If you like this, there's more:

Panhandler Pranks Entire Subway Car

Funny yes, and is there a lesson in here somewhere?

Remake Your Class Part 1-3: Planning for a Collaborative Learning Environment

Visit for more tips and resources! Edutopia's three-part series follows a determined middle school teacher as he transforms his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning.

Comprehensive School Counseling Programs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I Am Education: Kids Tell All - Sammy

Sammy is a compassionate and friendly 12-year-old who, in fifth grade, was reading at only a first-grade level. 

Students like Sammy with low literacy skills are often the ones who drop out of school. Knowing this, Sammy's teachers and reading coaches worked to get him reading at grade level—and succeeded.

Take Action: Pledge to restore the arts in schools

Take Action: Help get books to kids in need

Take Action: Pledge to get involved in education reform

Produced and Directed by 
Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe
Low Key Pictures

Camera: Lou Pepe
Editors: Jacob Bricca and Keith Fulton
Sound Recording & Mixing: Sean Oakley
Music: Miriam Cutler
Production Assistance: Kyle Maack

Sunday, July 14, 2013

THE PARENT RAP - Funny parenting song from Bluefish TV

Parenting rap from Bluefish TV's parenting series: It Starts at Home with Matt Chandler & Gary Thomas available exclusively at

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Toward a new understanding of mental illness - Thomas Insel

Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Collaborating with video conferencing

Duct Tape Surfing

18 years ago a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale's dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape; she can now call herself a surfer.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Medicine's future? There's an app for that - Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside. (Filmed at TEDxMaastricht.)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they've learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Roger Boddie Flash Mob - June 7, 2013

This Massachusetts middle school's elaborate surprise for its retiring principal is going to make your day.
On June 7, students and faculty at Hingham Middle School surprised Roger Boddie, the school's principal of 36 years, with a farewell flash mob.
A film crew brought Boddie to the roof of a new building under the guise of making a video about the school's construction projects. Then, the whole school participated in a dance number to Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' accompanied by signs that said "Thank you for believing in us."
We wanted to make it special for him because of how special he is to us, show him how much we will miss him,” seventh-grader Maggie Raso told CBS.
Faculty told the news source that they had been planning the surprise for weeks without Boddie's knowledge.
See the entire video above, but be warned -- it's a tear-jerker.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community.

The LifeCycle Film came about as a desire to bring the energy and passion behind the Manifesto to life through something we love--biking. As we seek to live mindful lifestyles that leave a positive impact on the people and world around us, biking has become a passion that is much more than a transportation alternative. It is a way of fully experiencing the city we love and all of its details.

It's Not About The Nail

"Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.

I can't believe you made it!

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Teen Speaks 20 Languages

Prodigy hyper-polyglot Tim Doner has been teaching himself languages since he was 13. He now speaks nearly 20 languages! Join Tim on a cultural tour of New York unlike any you've ever heard!

See more of Tim:

PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.

Created and produced by, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Creativity requires TIME

Shows how something extraordinary can be achieved, provided we have some more time. :-)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Caine Stands Up

This is water ...

Published on May 6, 2013

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn't become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we've ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
-The Glossary

Full speech.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

TED Talks Education

Watch TED Talks Education on PBS. See more from TED Talks Education.

TED Talks Education, hosted by John Legend, premiered May 7, 2013 at 10/9 c on PBS.

Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. See all speakers and performers.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Narrating a PowerPoint Presentation and Publishing to the Web

This video will show users how to narrate a PowerPoint Presentation and Publish it to the Web so that no additional software will need need to be installed in order to view.

Amazing High-Tech Promotion Against Child Abuse

ANAR Foundation manages in Spain the european unique phone number 116 111, to attend children and teenagers under a risk situation. On this telephone number, only for minors, they can find the help they need in a totally anonymous and confidential way. But, how can we get our message to a child abuse victim, even when they are accompanied by their aggressor?

Knowing the average height for adults and children under 10,GREY has created two different messages. Using an outdoor lenticular we show adults an awareness message, while children see a message where we offer them our help and show them the telephone number. A message only for children.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How do you know whom to trust? - Ram Neta

Published on Apr 30, 2013
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We believe a lot of things because we've been told - from our personal acquaintances and also experts. With so many belief systems being passed to us, how do we know whom to trust? Using contemporary examples, Ram Neta explains when listening to experts is a good idea...and when it's not.

Lesson by Ram Neta, animation by Colleen Cox

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Moving deadlines and appointments from Excel to Outlook

In a school or other organization, sometimes it would be nice to send employees a list of appointments or deadlines to be imported into their Microsoft Outlook calendars all at once. This video shows how it's done.

Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like - Official Video

What do you think the world will look like in 2019? Predicting future trends is usually done poorly by analysts so companies seem to want to give consumer a glimpse of what they want the future to look like. Microsoft has just released a video showcasing magical gadget after magical gadget. Earlier this month "Microsoft Office Labs Vision 2019," was released and now we have "Productivity Future Vision (2011)". Both are inspiring and beautifully edited.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Next Generation Counselor?


The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a leader in basic research and advanced technology development of virtual humans who think and behave like real people. ICT brings together experts in clinical psychology, cognitive science, computer vision, speech processing and artificial intelligence. This video shows two interactive technologies recently developed for multimodal perception and healthcare support:

Multisense automatically tracks and analyzes in real-time facial expressions, body posture, acoustic features, linguistic patterns and higher-level behavior descriptors (e.g. attention, fidgeting). From these signals and behaviors, indicators of psychological distress are inferred to inform directly the healthcare provider or the virtual human.

SimSensei is a virtual human platform specifically designed for healthcare support and is based on the 10+ years of expertise at ICT with virtual human research and development. The platform enables an engaging face-to-face interaction where the virtual human automatically reacts to the perceived user state and intent, through its own speech and gestures.

Please note that due to privacy concerns, the people shown in this video are actors. SimSensei is not designed for therapy or medical diagnosis, but is intended as a support tool for clinicians and healthcare providers.

For more information, please contact directly the Principal Investigators of this project: Louis-Philippe Morency ( Albert (Skip) Rizzo (

Learn more about USC ICT at

Friday, March 22, 2013

Convert A Narrated PowerPoint to a Video

This video/audio was produced entirely in PowerPoint using both PowerPoint 2007 & 2010 ::: In v.2007 I'm able to configure audio quality then reopen in 2010 to convert and save copy as a video all within "PowerPoint". Why both versions? Because in v.2010 the audio bit rate is set at mono by default and there seems to be no way to change it to stereo, yet v.2010 is the only version that allows you to save your .ppt as a video (.wmv) -- However, you can set audio quality in v2007, save, re-open in v.2010 and the settings persist -- weird, but it works -- this method is so much easier than importing audio, and then matching up slide timing with the audio, and well much much more!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Google Keep

Google does it again! Save what's on your mind and remember anything you need wherever you are. With Google Keep, stay on top of your world by quickly accessing and organizing the information you want. Enter a note with your voice, add a photo, or just type a list. All your notes are instantly saved across your devices. Android app is here

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

(original) Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era For more on how Music and Memory helps elderly residents and facility patients, to volunteer or to donate iPods, please visit Get FREE resources on the project! Volunteer an iPod drive! Find a local facility you can help!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.
A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo.
This is our graduation project from Bezaleal academy of arts.

Please share if you enjoyed it!

Daniel Lazo:
Eran May-raz:
Hanan Revivo:
Boaz Bachrach:

Eric Lerner

Ori Golad:
Deborah Aroshas:

Animated Starry night by: Petros Vrellis,

Let's use video to reinvent education - Salman Khan

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by John Gottman

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Dr. John Gottman that can predict relationship disaster and even physical illness and disease are: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, & Stonewalling. Dr. Gottman offers ways of healing intense conflict.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Respect Explained

School Counselor Rob breaks it down nicely!

Respect can be such an abstract concept to explain to kids. In this clip, I continue my character education program by explaining what respect is and showing various ways to respect people, places, and things.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easy Scheduling with Doodle

Demo of Doodle, a free, (with premium options) scheduling app. Ask participants what day/time/location works best, they vote on it and the organizer has instant feedback on who can make what time.

What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. 

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The world needs "childish" thinking

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan "To This Day" Help this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously.

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I send out one new poem each month via email. You might like to join us.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Inspirational Doesn't Begin to Cut it! Sports Illustrated Kid of The Yea...

The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, brothers Conner and Cayden Long, were honored at a star-studded event in New York City last night. The Long brothers were part of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony that recognized Miami Heat star LeBron James. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were also in attendance, and everyone there was impressed by Conner's and Cayden's accomplishments.

Cayden, suffers from cerebral palsy, but Conner doesn't let that stop him from playing sports with his brother. The two compete in triathlons together, with Conner towing Cayden behind in a raft during the swimming leg, towing him behind his bike during the cycling portion, and pushing him during the run. Triathlons have been a great way for the brothers to come together and have made them an inspiration to everyone that hears their story.

After hearing their story at the Sportsman ceremony, Coach K said that Conner and Cayden have scholarships to Duke waiting for them when they get older, and LeBron said that the brothers should get ready for the private plane that is going to take them from their home in Tennessee to Miami to "meet the guys." Even Jay-Z and Beyoncé couldn't wait to shake hands with Conner and Cayden.

Thomas Suarez, A 6th Grade Student Who Develops iOS Apps

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp His most successful application is one he terms "an anti-Justin-Bieber game" called "Bustin Jieber". "It's is a variation on the Whac-a-Mole theme," he explains.

More information about TEDxManhattanBeach can be found at Follow us on Twitter @TEDxMB

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattanBeach event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.