Monday, March 26, 2012

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

In early March on CBS News, I saw a segment on Khan Academy.  I blogged about Khan Academy last year after Bill Gates decided to grant the website substantial funding.  As I watch the news broadcast, it is even more exciting than before.  Khan Academy is changing the face of education worldwide. It is another example how technology is progressing in education and the classroom.   What could be more exciting than that?  Anyone can use this website to learn basic math, college math courses biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, microeconomics, and computer science courses. 

The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization, created in 2006 by American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT. With the stated mission of "providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere", the website supplies a free online collection of more than 3,000 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube.
Therefore, if your child is having any difficulty in math or science, they can go to Khan Academy and get help.  The following is a portion of that exciting news show:

CBS News) Sal Khan is a math, science, and history teacher to millions of students, yet none have ever seen his face. Khan is the voice and brains behind Khan Academy, a free online tutoring site that may have gotten your kid out of an algebra bind with its educational how-to videos. Now Khan Academy is going global. Backed by Google, Gates, and other Internet powerhouses, Sal Khan wants to change education worldwide, and his approach is already being tested in some American schools. Sanjay Gupta reports.

The following script is from "Teacher to the World" which aired on March 11, 2012. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski, editor.

Take a moment and remember your favorite teacher - now imagine that teacher could reach, not 30 kids in a classroom, but millions of students all over the world. That's exactly what Sal Khan is doing on his website Khan Academy. With its digital lessons and simple exercises, he's determined to transform how we learn at every level. One of his most famous pupils, Bill Gates, says Khan -- this "teacher to the world," is giving us all a glimpse of the future of education.35-year-old Sal Khan may look like a bicycle messenger, but with three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, his errand is intensely intellectual. In his tiny office above a tea shop in Silicon Valley, he settles in to do what he's done thousands of times before.

Sal Khan: We've talked a lot now about the demand curve and consumer surplus. Now let's think about the supply curve.

He's recording a 10-minute economics lesson. It's so simple - all you hear is his voice and all you see is his colorful sketches on a digital blackboard.
When Khan finishes the lecture, he uploads it to his website - where it joins the more than 3,000 other lessons he's done. In just a couple of years he's gone from having a few hundred pupils to more than four million every month.

It would be to your child's advantage to spend some time this semester and this summer on Khan Academy.


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