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Mr YouTube

Posted on: August 25, 2016

I had never heard of Julius Yego AKA Mr YouTube until just a few days ago thanks to the video below.

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Yego won the silver medal for the javelin event at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. He did this despite injuring himself after his second throw.

The odds were stacked against him from the beginning. Yego is from a country of runners, Kenya, and he did not have a javelin coach when he wanted to pursue his passion. So he turned to YouTube videos of javelin throws and training methods. Amazing!

It might take a high-profile case like this to highlight how important YouTube is to self-directed and independent learning. But kids and learners anywhere in the world with access to YouTube already know this.

They teach themselves to play the guitar, to cook, or to perform dance moves. They learn how to apply makeup, say words in a foreign language, or do their homework. They get tips from experts, learn game walkthroughs, or gain a new perspective.

There are a lot of cat videos on YouTube. But saying that buries a rich resource for learners of all ages. We have so much to learn about learning from YouTube.

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