Posted in 21st Century life, parents and technology, video use

Happy 10th Birthday, YouTube!

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 10.26.39 PMFor many people, even those of us who are digital immigrants, it feels like YouTube video sharing has always been around, but actually, YouTube is just celebrating its 10th birthday. The site, which makes it so easy to upload, view, and yes, use video resources, has changed 21st Century online culture.

Over at the Pew Internet and American Life Project researchers have put together a celebratory piece with five interesting facts about online video and how people use YouTube.

Most interesting is the graph depicting large numbers of people of all ages who use YouTube and how the number of users has increased dramatically over the 10 years.

Posted in 21st Century Learning, connected learning, parents and technology, Safer Internet Day

International Safer Internet Day – February 11, 2014

Parents and educators may want to encourage 21st Century learners to participate in the International Safer Internet Day celebration on February 11, 2014. This year I am especially looking forward to the event, because it focuses on what is good about the connected world. (Unfortunately, way too often people concentrate on the fear aspects of the connected world.)

One Good Thing
Instructions for Submitting a Video

Over 100 countries observe Safer Internet Day each year on a day in February. As a part of the celebration, United States organizers are asking participants to make short videos that share their thoughts about the good things that can happen on the Internet concentrating especially on how these good things contribute to making the world a better place.

The United States sponsors of the event are journalists Anne Collier and Larry Magid, who jointly run the website. Anne also writes on her blog at and Larry writes on his at

Check out the U.S. Safer Internet Day website below.                  Continue reading “International Safer Internet Day – February 11, 2014”