YouTube's new movie rental site isn't going to crush Netflix. It's built-in social tools will certainly give it a run for it's money, though.
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YouTube begins live streaming with "partners in good standing" today. The implications, though, with millions of daily users, are considerable.
Earlier this week I noted that YouTube's partnership with Univision was one more reason to make the web service available in schools. Now, Google has introduced some more useful YouTube technology: automatic captioning.
Here's one from the "One more reason not to block YouTube" files: Univision will be posting its content for free on YouTube. The details announced yesterday provide easy access to programming online for a quickly growing segment of the US population.
People ask me all the time what I think about schools having Facebook, or even MySpace pages. Businesses, after all, use Facebook all the time.
OK, it's not a cure, but this slick web application is one way to get students engaged and using their laptops, handhelds, and cell phones in class for something other than updating their Facebook status during a lecture.
How about Facebook related to lower grades? This is a classic case of causation versus correlation.
By and large, this blog focuses on K-12 educational issues, mostly because I live, eat, and breath K-12 educational technology. While I may talk about broader issues in technology (social media, for example, or Google's latest and greatest), it's usually in the context of how they might impact students and teachers.
I used Ning last year as an activity for my web design class. For those of you unfamiliar with Ning, it's a web site/application that allows users to create their own social networks.