KHAN CAN

KhanAcademy’s free educational videos have been viewed 178 million times on YouTube. Now they’ve launched a “Computer Science” program that teaches kids and adults how to handle JavaScript; that’s the computer language that dominates the Web.

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SOME ONLINE COURSES ARE OFF

After logging on to a few free college courses at Coursera.org, which we wrote about last week, we have a few more choice words – and we will try to keep them printable. A lot of the courses are from major colleges, including the well-regarded Ivy League. Too bad. What we learned above all, is that everything depends on the professor, and some of them are very bad. The real duds were in the humanities and social sciences.

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EIGHT ESSENTIAL PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS

In the Google search bar, type “8 Essential Photoshop Tutorials on YouTube.” One shows you how to place a person’s picture on a different background, no matter how wildly their hair is blowing in the picture.

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AS SEEN ON YOUTUBE

— “The 33 Most-Watched Cat Videos Ever,” from YouTube. The first one shows a kitten stuck inside a plastic ball. Takes about two minutes to get out, to the tune of Paul McCartney’s “Stuck in the Middle with You.” Everybody loves kitten pictures.

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WI WHAT?

Just as everyone is feeling comfortable with WiFi, WiGig is coming in 2013. If you go to YouTube and type “Panasonic WiGig” in the search box, you can see Panasonic’s demonstration.

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YOUTUBE CHANNELS

YouTube has channels, just like the channels on the old Tube. Up until now, we searched for videos on YouTube by subject rather than choosing a “channel.” But channels can bring in lots of stuff we’d never see otherwise.

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YOUTUBE FOR SCHOOLS

Youtube.com/schools is a new site aimed at helping teachers use educational videos. Students can log into the site and see videos their teachers have selected from a list of thousands. A similar site is YouTube.com/teachers. Videos here are categorized by grade level and topic, such as fifth-grade math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.

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DOWNLOADING VIDEOS

We got some criticism when we wrote about the Freemake Video Downloader, a free program that saves YouTube videos to your hard drive. It’s technically illegal to download stuff from YouTube, but if it’s just for your private use, it’s unlikely that the techno cops will come knocking at your door.

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SHELBY TV

We never have time to look through our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see if anybody’s posted an interesting video. Fortunately, Shelby.TV is now doing it for us.

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FREE VIDEO TOOLS

We’re constantly being pitched to write about upgraded video editing programs, like Nero, version 11, but frankly, we find the free ones easier and just about as good.

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