WatchKnow.org — “YouTube meets Wikipedia”

November 23, 2009 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia, has launched a new educational venture for teachers, parent, and students aged 3-18 years-old — WatchKnow.org, which aspires to be the most accessible, intuitive, interactive, and easy-to-use website to discover and watch educational videos. Bonus: the website and all of its resources are free of charge.

Billed as “YouTube meets Wikipedia,” WatchKnow has so far organized more than 11,000 of the nearly 7 million education-related videos available on the Internet, and more resources are added every day. There are currently 2,000 categories that users can search to find content from providers like National Geographic, eHow, TeacherTube, SlideBoom, Google Videos, and SchoolTube.com.

From WatchKnow’s press release announcing the site’s launch:

Imagine collecting all the best free educational videos made for children, and making them findable and watchable on one website. Then imagine creating many, many more such videos.

Just think: millions of great short videos, and other watchable media, explaining every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth.

Finally, imagine them all deeply and usefully categorized according to subject, education level, and placed in the order in which topics are typically taught.

WatchKnow—as in, “You watch, you know”—has started building this resource.

WatchKnow is both a resource for users and also a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share free, innovative, educational videos.

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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