Hoping to get caught up online? According to new figures referenced by YouTube, every minute that passes, you are another three days behind! YouTube users now upload 72 hours of content per minute. Of course the scholarly value of what is available on YouTube is questionable, (although 77 million Nyan cat viewers can’t be wrong!). Nevertheless, YouTube’s new milestone is simply an example of the burgeoning breadth of digital content available to our students. In 2011 the world created a stunning total of 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes) of digital information [source].
It is more important now than ever before to help our students learn to better evaluate sources and think critically. It is our job to prepare them to extract value from this chaos.