27 January 2009

Got YouTube? The Pope does! So does Obama!

Last week the Pope's YouTube Channel was all the news rage. BBC News reported on it in the article "Pope launches Vatican on YouTube." Local and national news media reported on it as well. This, of course, comes on the heels of the White House's launch of a YouTube channel and complete revision of the official White House website.

Both of these YouTube channels have applications in education, yet many school districts choose to block YouTube to protect students. While it is important to protect students, this seems to be another case of demonizing technology because of a few bad apples.

The students at my school have been captivated by the election process and Barak Obama in particular. Wouldn't it be great to hold their interest and encourage action by having them watch video clips from the administration?