I enjoyed viewing the new sites. I was unfamiliar with all three sites. I loved http://animoto.com.
There were a lot of different backgrounds and songs to choose from. I also enjoyed http://www.edmodo.com because of the facebook feel of the site and how interactive the site is (students being able to post assignments and take quizzes and post comments, etc.).
After watching “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube” I must admit my favorite part was the numa numa video. It takes me back to college and all my friends and I always watching it to get a laugh out of it.
I also agree that it is definitely 18-24 year olds that use it to post videos. I think that is the age range that probably feels most comfortable with technology, but I definitely think the age has probably gotten somewhat older because more and more people are expected to use technology since 2008. I remember being in college and www.youtube.com becoming the new upcoming thing and I remember my sophomore year getting www.facebook.com and it was the biggest craze. My generation has been at the forefront of technology. When I began college you had to hook up to the internet via dsl, but by the time I graduated wifi was becoming more common and everyone I know was starting to get smartphones (i-phone had just come out) and blackboard had just begun. I do think that youtube has a lot of fun and educational things, but there is also a lot that is not appropriate. People abuse it by putting up inappropriate videos or putting up things that are exploiting others. There needs to be education on how and when to use it and when it is inappropriate.
A couple of fun sites I discovered that I am considering using for my web 2.0 assignment that I have been playing around with is:
Both are great for teachers. Live Binder is a way to organize all the materials online that you want into categories like a binder. Classroom Organizer is a personal classroom library organizer where students can checkout and return your books.