Monday, January 12, 2009

Congress Joins YouTube

Last month I posted a link to Tweet Congress which is a resource for finding members of Congress that have Twitter accounts. I'm happy to see that today, some members of Congress are taking another step into social media via YouTube.

Today, YouTube announced the creation of Senate Hub and House Hub. These are YouTube channels hosting videos of your Senators and Representatives talking directly to their constituents. Senate Hub and House Hub will also include videos of your Senators and Representatives at work in committees, giving floor speeches, and some behind-the-scenes videos from Washington. To find out if your Senator or Representative is posting content on YouTube, click on your state on the Google Map found at the top of the Senate Hub and House Hub pages.

Here is the video introduction to Senate Hub and House Hub.


Applications for Education
House Hub and Senate Hub have great potential for students to hear and see their Senators and Representatives in action. If your Senator or Representative isn't on YouTube, you may want to have your students write letters or emails to that person to convince him or her to start posting content on YouTube.