YouTube for Schools keeps YouTube educational

george Wong, ubergizmo, Dec 12, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Fighting the flood of music and fail videos that flood school networks, yet still wanting to make videos accessible to students, YouTube has launched something called 'YouTube for Schools'. "YouTube for Schools is a network setting that school administrators can turn on to grant access only to the educational content from YouTube EDU. This means videos from over 600 of YouTube’s education partners like the Smithsonian, TED, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile." The problem, from my perspective, is that the definition of "educational" has now become "content partner" rather than anything related to helping you learn. If you pay money to Google, you get your stuff in schools - otherwise, you're on the outside with the cat videos and birthday party footage. See also coverage in BBC News, Mashable, Mind/Shift, Angela Maiers.
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