DIY YouTube videos turned out to be most popular in 2013
According to a snapshot on YouTube trend of 2013 by Times of India, the most visited videos on YouTube were that of 'Do it Yourself' (DIY) or maker culture types. Thousands of skill-learning based videos on dancing, cooking, craft work, visual arts, electronics, making household things, making gadgets, creating instructional worksheets, etc. were uploaded and visited by millions of viewers.
My interest in DIY videos using a digital camera got heightened when I visited a noted science popularizer Arvind Gupta in Pune who has uploaded umpteen low-cost toys and science experiments on YouTube. Taking cues from Arvind's work, I too contributed on YouTube by uploading short videos on 'how to draw pedagogical visual symbols' for classroom instructors.
Popularity of DIY videos gave birth to a sort of 'Maker Movement'. Some serious and sincere or professional classroom instructors have also benefitted by the DIY culture on the YouTube during the year since many videos matched the natural tendency of children and the vitality of learning by doing.
Many educators feel that the Maker Movement has the potential of transforming education by bringing back to the centre-stage the instructional strategy of learning-by-doing to the centre-stage.
Some people think that economic recession has made people come back to making things with their own hands along with repairing and re-purposing the existing items, things and gadgets.
It seems that there is a resurgence of the community that celebrates learning by sharing ideas through DIY videos. Whatsoever be the reasons, the trend of uploading DIY has caught up and seemingly will continue to be the most popular activity on YouTube.