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Only Closed-Minded Schools Block YouTube

July 17, 2012

I have been on the record before in stating that I believe YouTube is one of the most valuable teaching and learning tools of the modern age. I have turned to YouTube to solve many a problem; such as learning new tie knots, working out which phone represents best value for money and to assist me in developing some of the features in this blog.

YouTube is brilliant for research, following procedures, guiding students and developing problem solving skills. Yet, because some of the content is unsuitable for kids, many schools choose to block YouTube. I think this is a gross overreaction. Whilst schools have the responsibility to supervise the online activity of its students, they would be best advised to allow access to YouTube with a teacher present.

Added to the benefits I have already touched on, YouTube has become a major source of where people get their news:

A new study has found that YouTube has become a major platform for news, one where viewers are turning for eyewitness videos in times of major events and natural disasters.

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday released their examination of 15 months of the most popular news videos on the Google Inc.-owned site. It found that while viewership for TV news still easily outpaces those consuming news on YouTube, the video-sharing site is a growing digital environment where professional journalism mingles with citizen content.

“There’s a new form of video journalism on this platform,” said Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “It’s a form in which the relationship between news organizations and citizens is more dynamic and more multiverse than we’ve seen in most other platforms before.”

More than a third of the most-watched videos came from citizens. Than more half came from news organizations, but footage in those videos sometimes incorporated footage shot by YouTube users.

Click here to read, ‘Schools Should Not Block YouTube’.


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