The Official YouTube blog has announced that the company is partnering up with Khan Academy in a search for the Next EDU Gurus – ten individuals who are talented and passionate content creators on the topics of education and academics. Those selected will be rewarded with training, a promotional campaign on YouTube’s main site, and even $1000 gift certificate to electronics supplier B&H so they can purchase cutting-edge production equipment. The goal of the search is to widen the audience for those video makers who have the enthusiasm, talent and creativity to make a real difference in the education technology field.
The competition is seeking video-makers who create any kind of curriculum-related content in any subject. Submissions can be in any style, as long as they cover an education-related subject and are safe for work and for home.
And the submission shouldn’t be a one-off effort. Both YouTube and Khan are looking for people for whom the submission video is a start of a journey for both the creators and their viewers. As the blog puts it, “if you could imagine making ten, twenty, or fifty more videos on the topic in the future, all the better! “
Our new EDU Gurus will help meet the growing demand for great educational content on YouTube. In the last year, you all spent 50% more time learning from YouTube Education’s 700,000 videos, and the number of subscribers to YouTube’s educational channels more than doubled. Check out the YouTube.com homepage today for the latest videos from some of our most engaging educational creators. You can also see a playlist of their latest and greatest below.
The competition is open to anyone from the U.S, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and people can submit their videos between September 17th and October 1st. The selection panel made up of members from the YouTube Education team and the Khan Academy will select the 10 YouTube Next EDU Gurus. The best video from those ten will be awarded the Khan Academy EDU Guru Prize.
We believe that inspiring online educators can come from all walks of life, and we want to find the next generation of educational YouTube stars – people with a talent for explaining tough concepts in compelling ways, and the passion and drive to assemble a global classroom of students. YouTube educational channels like Khan Academy,CrashCourse, Veritasium, Numberphile, MinutePhysics and Ted-Ed have grown to millions of views and subscribers – could you be next?