13: You Too Can YouTube

YouTube is the top dog for sharing videos on the Internet. The good, the bad and the ugly are there for all to see. Before we go on, let's get a brief history (~3 min.) of this remarkable tool.

History of YouTube

YouTube reports people are watching hundreds of millions of videos a day on their site and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. A staggering 20 hours of video is uploaded every minute to YouTube. Not only are users able to upload video, they can easily embed clips into their own sites.

Do some investigating within the YouTube site. It’s funny but many people watch videos on YouTube without exploring the site to see all that it has to offer. Of course, like any free site you’ll also find a lot stuff not worth watching too. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore and see for yourself what the site has to offer. 

Here is another method to find some valuable videos.  A blogger on Classroom 2.0 (a Ning—see Thing 6) lists the top 100 educational YouTube videos.  Take a look at these; note, some of the videos have been removed due to copyright issues.

Creating a YouTube account lets you "bookmark" your favorite videos and upload videos if you wish. 

Discovery Exercise:
  1. Explore YouTube and find a video worth adding as an entry in your blog. (You might also consider signing up for an account. Since YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, it’s easy to sign up.)

  2. Create a blog post about your experience. What do you like or dislike about YouTube and why did you choose the video that you did? Can you see any features or components of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to your professional practice?  OPTIONAL: Try embedding a video inside your blog post using the code next to "Embed.”  See image below.  You'll need to use Blogger's "Edit HTML" tab to paste this code into your blog post. 

    Optional Extension:
    Compare YouTube to TeacherTube, SchoolTube, and/or Discovery Streaming. You might also like to review youtube.com/edu.

    If you have time, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube is worth viewing. It's not short, but it's extremely interesting.

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