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Readers' Survey 2007: Best YouTube Video About Education

Edutopia readers weigh in on their favorites.
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20/20: Stupid in America

Not a cheerful title, perhaps, but an important one -- your choice for best video is a sobering and illuminating investigation of today's public school system. Still, by far the most common response was a resounding "Huh?" Not only were many people stumped by the prompt, but several even regarded it with distaste: "YouTube is NOT for education," proclaimed one respondent, while another chimed, "Hate YouTube -- do not send kids there."

We beg to differ. Roughly half of our survey takers declined with a question mark or bewildered comments such as "There are YouTube videos re: education?" Yet those videos that emerged as winners, including the second-place Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment, are nonetheless apt representations of the various kinds of uncultured pearls the YouTube oyster has to offer.

Our Take

You Get What You Look For

Indeed, we can't help but ask, "Why equate YouTube with the boob tube?" Avoiding the videosharing site because of its useless junk is no less limiting than avoiding the entire Internet for the same reason. Sure, hand a video camera and a broadband connection to a few hyperactive preteens, and you're not likely to get a product that's appropriate for the classroom.

But type "Carl Sagan" into YouTube's search engine and get a film that details the four billion years of life's evolution on Earth. Plug in "World War I," and find rare footage of Archduke Ferdinand's funeral procession. The gems are out there.

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Perhaps of interest to Edutopia readers-- today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

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