This evening on the homepage of YouTube.com, the following “spotlight” feature caught my eye.
It turns out this week, 6th grader Greyson Chance from Edmond, Oklahoma returned to the Ellen show for a second time in a month. This time, he performed his own original song before a live TV audience, received a check from Ellen for $10,000, a new Yamaha piano, AND a record deal on a new record label Ellen has just launched. The video of Greyson’s 2nd visit is available on Ellen’s YouTube channel. (I can’t embed it here, because embedding was disabled for this video – I’m sure so you’ll visit the page and see Ellen’s show ads.)
YouTube can be and is in some cases a catalyst for changing lives. See my post from May 14th, “From a church talent show to the Ellen DeGeneres Show: YouTube fame for an Edmond 6th grader” for more background.
Greyson’s first appearance on Ellen and his conversation with Lady Gaga on the phone prompted some very interesting discussions with my 5th grade Sunday school class two weeks ago. I posted about that over on Eyes Right, if you’re interested.
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On this day..
- Hackers & Tinkerers Invent The Future - 2013
- Digitizing an Elementary Writing Portfolio - 2011
- Throwing away 6th grade - OR - The case for online portfolios - 2010
- Thank you, Rick Riordan! - 2008
- Juarez violence trivialized by some media headlines - 2008
- Thumbs down for Indy Jones 4, thumbs up for Prince Caspian - 2008