I chose YouTube, because it’s my favorite online learning space. Whenever I want to learn about a concept, explore different ways to express or explain that concept, how to do or make something, or browse things I may want to make or learn, YouTube is the first place I go. The first page of YouTube is easy to navigate, with just an array of videos arranged by category with nice thumbnail pictures.
The range of expertise runs from Just-Tried-It-Newbies to Ph.D Experts, and I like that. It’s the “low floor and high ceilings” talked about in the reading. The comments sections allow people to comment, which is sometimes annoying when people are mean, but often is useful with pertinent links. I also like how makers of videos link on the side to THEIR favorite or related YouTubers, which I often like too. It’s surprising how many people like to explain how to do things! I wouldn’t have guessed that before YouTube.
With YouTube, I feel like I have the power to learn how to do anything, or just enjoy looking at other people making things that I’ll probably never make. When I started learning ukulele, there were hundreds of people to help me learn whatever I needed to know. My daughter finds new things to do that neither of us had ever heard of that now she likes, like tiny cooking (where people use miniature cooking equipment to make miniature dishes out of real food.)
All ages, all organization levels, individuals to corporations, neophytes to experts are all represented, and you can see where you are in that spectrum, as well as see any path forward. I love it!