Interesting trend in Youtube usage: The educational video is now being seen as something worth watching! This goes along with my AND? talk that I recently gave that discusses how kids are beginning to teach themsleves and that we bneed to jump on the train of self directed learning or we are going to lose not only a generation but our jobs.
From the article:
But Allocca also brought up educational and science videos as major trends. Really.
“Educational videos have been viewed seventy percent more this summer than last summer,” he says, citing the popularity of entire channels including Minute Physics and ASAPScience, as well as science star Bill Nye. Nye, Allocca says, happens to be one of the top rising searches on Youtube. That’s partly because of a recent video in which Nye provocatively suggested to creationists that they refrain from teaching their kids to deny evolution.
“Because we need them,” he explained. “We need scientifically literate votersand taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”
That video got over a million views in less than a week, says Allocca. Now it’s one of Youtube’s most-viewed and most-discussed videos. He adds one sign that science videos are trending is when you see famous physicists getting autotuned and remixed.
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