Sunday, April 20, 2008

Finding Instructional Clips Online

Over the last couple of years there has been an explosion of video clips available on the web. I wouldn't be surprised to find my dog and cats are partnering for a new salsa series, and I'll just stumble on them one day. The problem isn't finding salsa (or dance) clips, it's finding out which ones are worth your time and can teach you something interesting.

Recently, I've been exploring a new site called "WonderHowTo.com". As of this writing, they have over 600 "Dance" clips including 70 in the "Latin Dance" subsection. I've found a few clips I doubt I would have found otherwise, and this site is an interesting concept.

At first I was trying to figure out why I shouldn't simply go to YouTube and search for "salsa," but now I get it. All the videos on this site are instructional in nature, and the site rejects performance, promotional or entertaining clips that don't teach something. Everything is focused on the free "How To" concept. That's an interesting nitch, and I suspect this site will grow more popular over time.






All "submitted" clips are hosted elsewhere and this site catalogs them for you. Often you are watching embedded YouTube or Yahoo clips, but they catalog video from many, many sites, so just as often you're sent to sites you'd probably otherwise miss. This casts a much wider net than simply doing a YouTube search when you're in the mood to learn. Users are encouraged to submit URLs to more instructional clips, so it promises to be an ever expanding universe of learning material.

Of course, like all video viewing, this site can also be a huge time sink, but with the focus on learning, at least you're not wasting your time watching dancing birds and young girls fighting.

Check out the "Categories" link to find "Dance" and then start watching. The grading system seems a little questionable to me at this point, but that has great promise as more and more people view clips and grade them.

I like the concept and suspect the site will do very well over time. I haven't explored all the dance clips, but I did find some interesting ones I hadn't seen in the past.

Please let me know what you're doing to find instructional clips and let me know what you think of WonderHowTo.com. If you see my pets dancing, let me know.

We don't know half of one millionth of 1 percent about anything.
--Thomas Edison

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