Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Historians and YouTube

Larry Cebula did some exploring on YouTube and was a bit disappointed.

YouTube is like the rest of the internet - it takes some good search strategies (I'm still learning those!), some persistence, some tenacity, and some plain old luck. Your point about tagging is a good start and maybe even a project for students in a digital history class . . .

In teaching 20th century US history, I have found some amazing media material on YouTube. Jack Kerouac reading his work is only one example.

Short clips of various historical vents are also quite useful - especially when there is isn't time to have students of any age watch a 45-minute segment on a topic. In other words, the needles in the haystack are sometimes golden!

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I love that you're unearthing Jack Kerouac!!
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