And now for some love for my most recent alma mater. Sixteen of my fellow Hokies are hiking 300 kilometers of the Jakobsweg (Camino de Santiago) in Spain as we speak. They are blogging about the experience as a group, and I can only say that the blog rocks.
Although the blog itself is fanfreakingtastic, this whole story began back in September when faculty members John Boyer and Annie Hesp convinced Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen to travel to Blacksburg, VA. The father-son duo was travelling the country on a bus tour to promote their new film “The Way,” which is about the Camino de Santiago. How did they convince them? Geography instructor, John Boyer, and his 3000-student World Regions class made a YouTube video to convince Team Estevez-Sheen.
Ladies and Gentleman, besides being a damn cool story, this is an amazing example of successful use of technology in the classroom. I think the formula might look something like this:
- YouTube + enthusiastic students = movie stars and life-changing world travel
- movie stars + life-changing world travel = a pretty sweet blog
OK, so clearly math is not my strong suit. By the way, did I mention that Hokies are incredible? I hate to be a total dork about this, but just indulge me because I love Virginia Tech. It’s no coincidence that our football team talks about work (lunch pail defense) and our university’s motto is “Ut Prosim.” Hokies make it happen. Period.
Also, 3000 students? I hope he has some TAs.
- Bootleg video of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez at The Lyric in Blacksburg (bonus points to the dude who started the Mighty Ducks quack chant.)
- Article about “The Way” in the VT Collegiate Times
- Another article about “The Way” in the VT Collegiate Times