Academic and professional speaking is a critical form of expression for language learners. Students learn that language has power to connect; they feel empowered to extend their curiosity, with increasingly self-driven learning. Attached is a video my students considered one of their all-time favorites. In their video, they sought ocean experts to answer their questions. It resulted in Skypes w/ 2 responding oceanographers. Those conversations shifted student ideas of learning for the remainder of the year. They'd been inspired to question more, re-consider "audience" (now they had evidence were "real people" were out there!), and motivated to use more complex language. All from a "simple" video.. I now envision synchronous & asynchronous videos (for other time zones) to connect my highschool students for deepened academic conversation and responses to real-world issues. Ultimately, students will teach others how to create this same type of collaboration via their own best practices.