EduTubers: will they really change how you teach?


Google’s video-streaming platform is coming for the education sector but, as Grainne Hallahan finds, a glut of free-to-view lessons could create as many problems as they solve. Will teachers have a role to play in separating the good vlogs from the bad?

The rise of the EduTuber

If you wade past the cat videos, elbow your way through the clips of people doing stupid things and take a bypass around the billion-view music promos, you will find a part of YouTube where people teach you stuff: how to knit a scarf, how to skateboard, how to build model replicas of world monuments – even how to be a better person.

People don’t go to that bit of YouTube much, compared with the rest of it, and no one really talks about it, either. By the time you have watched a cat looking surprised, beheld a man falling off the roof of a house and checked out the new Taylor Swift video ...

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