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You Wouldn’t Believe!

I was just scanning through a Facebook feed I have for folks I went to high school with, and an old friend posted a YouTube video of the Temptations singing, I Wish it Would Rain.  Maybe you have to be close to my age to be able to appreciate the marvel of spanning the decades with a mouse click, or a tablet touch.  What if it had been suggested to us, in 1969, that this sort of thing would be possible.

These thoughts reminded me of a day in 1967, when Mrs. Cole, our 9th grade civics teacher, suggested to us that by the year 2000 we would each own our own computer, and it would be small enough to carry in our shirt pockets,

..and it would be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide!

The thing is, that in 1967, we didn’t believe her.  The very idea of having such a device, so soon, was beyond our imaginations.

It’s an important story to me, because we cannot begin to imagine the astounding possibilities of our children’s future, the tools and opportunities that they and their children will take for granted.

As an educator, it begs the question, “What do our children need to be learning today, and how do they need to be learning it, to be ready for an un-imaginable future,”

“..to be able to create a future • • • that’s better!”

Subscribing to YouTube RSS Feeds

I’m back in Banff and pretty happy about it. Anyone who’s been here before would understand. Here’s a link to the photos I’ve taken (and still taking) in the Canadian Rockies. On Thursday, it was TEDxBANFF, which was a singular treat for me (more here). Then, after Friday up in Edmonton, I’m back in Banff for the last day of “Alberta Future,” a conference by the CTS Council (Career & Technology Studies). I was impressed with a video that the council produced as a preview to the conference.

I’ve decided to change my closing keynote a bit, from my typical delivery of “Rebooting the Basics” to some of the learning literacies of the 21st century, specifically tapping into the ongoing and global conversations related to pathway careers being added to Alberta’s curriculum.

One of the specific avenues to knowledge I’d like to include is subscribing to YouTube videos based on a YouTube search. The barrier I’m having to question my way through is the fact that YouTube seems not to have a convenient display of their RSS feeds in the same what that Google’s news and blog searches do. So I did some blog searches, and found a post in the Google Operating System blog, “YouTube Feeds.”

So, to have a resource with instructions, I’m posting this blog entry to link to in my online handouts:

  1. If you are looking for the latest YouTube videos related to robotics, or any other topic, then you start with the base feed URL:
  2. http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?orderby=updated&vq=<search term>

  3. Simply add the search term, robotics, to the end (replace <search term>) so that it reads…
  4. http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?orderby=updated&vq=robotics

    A listing of the most recent YouTube videos with robotics in the title or description, generated with Google Reader. (Click the image to enlarge)

  5. Then, using your RSS reader, subscribe to that URL. If you’re using Google Reader, then simply run your reader
  6. Click the [Add a subscription] button
  7. Paste your feed URL into the textbox, and click [Add].

And you’ll be subscribed and receive a list of the latest YouTube videos that include the term, robotics.

In addition to YouTube keyword searches, you can also construct RSS feed URLs for:

  • Search in a category,
  • Latest videos from a specific channel,
  • Feeds for favorite videos,
  • Your subscriptions, and
  • Playlists

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