"Imagine a whole generation of kids growing up and learning about the
world through YouTube. In the first half of the 20th century, people
grew up reading books and newspapers. Then there was a generation that
grew up on movies and television. The last shift was to the Internet.
And now web video is creating yet another generation.
"Kids no longer learn about the world by reading text. Like the television generation, they are absorbing the world through their
visual sense. But there is a big difference. Television was programmed
and inflexible. YouTube is completely micro-chunked and on demand. Kids
can search for what they need anytime. This is different, and powerful.
"True, the current model of YouTube is still raw and still skewed to entertainment. But imagine online video 5 years from now, geared to
kids, where entertainment, games, education, travel -- everything for
kids -- is mixed and delivered via searchable channels. This would be a
big change on the Internet and in the world. Just as we no longer think
twice about Googling, kids of the future will be consuming huge volumes
of information via video.
"And now tell us your stories. Are you seeing your kids use video more than text? Do you yourself use YouTube to find information?"
This has some interesting literacy ramifications. In the future, students will expect to learn about subject matter by watching a video about what it is they are studying. Will there are many sources of great educational video content, TeacherTube, United Streaming, Cosmeo, etc, the need for video that covers all range of information will greatly out pace these sites ability to add content.
What students will require is almost Wikipedia like source of video content. This will require an amazing amount of video to meet such a demand. This is an excellent candidate for crowdsourcing. I posted previously about the oppoturnity that existed to crowdsource a textbook. (Crowdsourcing A Textbook and Disrupting The Textbook Publishers)For this example, think Wikipedia. Just as an amazing committed crowd adds and monitors content on Wikipedia, so too could committed people film, edit, add, and monitor video content about subject that are important to them. This would enable a large amount of educational video content to be produced without cost to schools or students.
Imagine what education might look like when students have video on demand to learn concepts and ideas. No longer would students have to imagine a place, or a process, or an event. They could watch it. It's not the way we learned, but it's not about us. It's about them. That's Education Innovation.