Academic Content Super Markets

It is great to have High School and College age children to help you understand how the world is changing. We know that Social Networking has exploded both for good and bad. Video distribution via many large sites like YouTube is leading the way. Here is a simple example:
My high school daughter is writing a term paper on Ted Bundy. She has guidelines for types of resources, some web content and other options like videos, books, interviews, etc. Of course teenagers think video so I tell her about a good movie I remember that Mark Harmon was in, “The Perfect Stranger, 1986”. (Feel Old Yet) So what is the preferred means of acquiring an older film today? Something like NetFlix or Blockbuster. Unfortunately the 1986 version is no longer available and the 2004 version is not acceptable for viewing by my teenage daughter. And the books that we requested from the local library have not come in. And of course the draft is due tomorrow.

So last night my daughter tells me that she loves YouTube now, and this statement means something since she does not typically waste a lot of time watching YouTube junk. She loves it now because she was able to watch the A&E documentary on Ted Bundy, the final scene from the 2004 movie which had the important information, a live interview of Ted Bundy along with many other great interviews, etc. She has been able to accomplish a significant academic task thanks to YouTube. Think about what this really means….

Follow-up: my daughter got an A+ on the paper

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on May 8, 2008, in Internet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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