YouTube is taking to, well, itself, to find some of the world’s best online educators. The video site is partnering with Khan Academy to identify the ‘Next EDU Gurus’ and they plan to reward them handsomely.
They want someone who is “super talented” and “engaging” but I’m guessing that means someone with 1) a lot of video views already and 2) really entertaining yet informative videos. While I may be wrong, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the winners are not even teachers. Time will tell.
YouTube will be choosing 10 gurus and giving them support, training, promotion, and a $1,000 B&H gift card for production equipment. I’m guessing that promotion part would be the most fun.
The gurus will be chosen by a panel of judges from the YouTube Education team as well as the Khan Academy including Sal Khan. One of the selected winners will also be awarded the ‘Khan Academy EDU Guru Prize. The program is open to people in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
The search started today and closes on October 1, 2012.
Look for even more movement into the original content sphere by YouTube as they’ve been planning on spending about $200 million on original programming. While I have no idea what the result of this search will be, I’d rather see them spend some of that money on this and not on piano-playing cats. Although I do love that song..