Educators and education advocates have a fresh source of video news and information, starting today at eSN TechWatch. The editors of eSchool News and eSchool News Online are debuting eSN TechWatch, a video newsmagazine giving K-20 technology decision makers a brand-new way to keep up with developments in educational technology. eSN TechWatch is the latest example of a major video trend sweeping the internet.

If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve watched or downloaded video from the internet before–at least, that’s what the results of a recent Associated Press-AOL poll on consumers’ video use would suggest. And, if you’ve ever watched any video online, chances are also pretty good that you’ve seen at least one video news clip.

According to the AP-AOL poll, more than half of all internet users have watched or downloaded video online. News clips are the most popular format, seen by 72 percent of online video viewers, followed by short movie and TV clips, music videos, sports highlights, and user-generated amateur videos.

The trend toward online video is having what experts believe will be a profound impact on how school sports will be viewed. Already, several smaller NCAA conferences are streaming football games and other athletic contests online, giving athletes at these smaller schools the chance to be seen on a national stage–and putting the schools on more of a level playing field when it comes to recruiting (see story:

Online video also is changing the nature of the news business–and eSchool News is part of this emerging trend.

Sponsored by streaming video provider CCC – New Dimension Media, eSN TechWatch is a 20-minute program that will bring the latest educational technology news and information to your computer in video format.

“We think web-based TV is the future of the internet, and we want to give educators news reports and feature stories with the same impact and sense of engagement that consumers get with the best of what’s offered by the likes of YouTube, Google Video, and television broadcasters,” said Gregg W. Downey, editor and publisher. “We also want to model a new approach to web-based video as a highly effective medium that schools and colleges can use to communicate with their own constituencies.”

If you watched our coverage of last summer’s National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego, you might have seen the seven-minute news clip we produced about Nicholas Negroponte’s keynote speech and his One Laptop Per Child initiative (; click on “$100 laptop … Billion-dollar idea”). If so, I’m sure you’ll agree that seeing and hearing Negroponte speak delivered a much greater impact than simply reading his words in print or on a computer screen.

Plus, watching video of conference attendees trying out the prototype of Negroponte’s $100 laptop for themselves–flipping up its antennae like rabbit ears; rotating its display from laptop to tablet mode–provided a much better idea of how the machine works than seeing a static photo of the device.

And that’s why we’re expanding our video news coverage.

Our debut episode of eSN TechWatch features video coverage of the opening of Philadelphia’s School of the Future, including interviews with School District of Philadelphia CEO Paul Vallas and Mary Cullinane, of Microsoft Corp., one of the leading minds behind the school’s design. Take a look at what the students are doing with the state-of-the-art technology on the first day of school, and see how excited they are to be a part of this experiment, which has the potential to revolutionize school facilities planning in the years to come.

Our debut show also reports on the recent study by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which raises another alarm about how prepared students in the U.S. and other industrialized nations are for the 21st century. Our video coverage of this story includes an exclusive interview with Gerald Bracey, an independent researcher and leading expert on international education, who sounds a note of caution about the OECD’s dire warnings.

Plus, the inaugural edition of TechWatch reports on how natural gas is fueling an ed-tech boom in Wyoming, how Yale University is posting video lectures on its web site free of charge–and why many experts believe “internet addiction” is the latest health concern on college campuses.

Check it out today. It’s available at And after you’ve seen it, let us know what you think by sending an eMail to


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