22 February 2010
Tufts University this year has become the first selective college in the nation to encourage applicants to submit videos about themselves. More than 1,000 high school seniors have included one-minute video essays in their bids for a spot in the Class of 2014, and the videos, posted to YouTube, have generated a surprise following among Tufts students and alumni, who are posting comments campaigning for their favorites.
Some of the videos have developed a YouTube following. The popular favorite is probably Amelia Downs, with more than 6,000 views for her video, combining “two of my favorite things: being a nerd and dancing,” have earned her a moniker, “math dance girl.’’
[Source: Boston Globe]
29 December 2009
These days you can learn just about anything from a YouTube video: tying a bow tie, playing the piano or learning math. Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst turned online tutor, has produced more than 1,000 YouTube videos ranging from basic multiplication of fractions to polynomial approximation of functions.
He says his Khan Academy Channel started when he worked as a hedge fund analyst in Boston and began tutoring his cousin in New Orleans. Word got around among friends and family, and Khan soon had a cohort of about 10 to 15 students.
[Source: NPR All Things Considered]
17 April 2009
The website known for its user-generated videos will showcase Hollywood content in an effort to boost revenue and compete with the growing popularity of Hulu.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]