YouTube used right

So the academics over at Nottingham University in the UK had a simply and brilliant idea. Create a YouTube video for each element on the table of elements. Pure genius. Can you imagine an easier way for a kid in Grade 9 to learn the elements than a bunch of fun 2 minute videos? For some reason I feel like I had the table of elements drilled into in Grade 9… maybe I was younger… or older…?

Speaking of using YouTube, I also stumbled upon this Atlantic article in which the James Fallows reviews presidential debates. Part of what makes it so great is that he has YouTube clips of all the important moments that come up – both during this primary season and from earlier presidential debates – so you can see what he is referencing. The Atlantic is one of the few old media outlets that really seems to grasp the potential of new media…

4 thoughts on “YouTube used right

  1. Michael Molson

    I’ll have to check it out – the last time I read the Atlantic was a couple years ago and they weren’t fully engaged in the web. Radio and Television is flourishing on the web (I don’t know if they are making any money, but that is a different story). Should there be an inherent difference?

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  2. Brenton

    I just watched the 4-minute video for Boron. I expected something a little more interesting, and I’m not sure a 14-year-old student would care much that Boron is used in washing powder (Borax! 20-mule team). Still, it’s a start.

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  3. Michael Molson

    I'll have to check it out – the last time I read the Atlantic was a couple years ago and they weren't fully engaged in the web. Radio and Television is flourishing on the web (I don't know if they are making any money, but that is a different story). Should there be an inherent difference?

    Reply
  4. Brenton

    I just watched the 4-minute video for Boron. I expected something a little more interesting, and I'm not sure a 14-year-old student would care much that Boron is used in washing powder (Borax! 20-mule team). Still, it's a start.

    Reply

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