Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Educating the world, one video at a time

If you read this past week's Sunday Parade magazine, you probably saw Bill Gate's mention of his "favorite teacher," Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Over 1800 videos covering math, science, the humanities and test prep are available 24X7. The content is made in digestible 10-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on the computer as opposed to the more lengthy videos of a conventional "physical" lecture. The Khan Academy's goal is to cover all topics that would appear on A.P. tests, SATs, and other standardized tests. There are also several hundred videos devoted to the SAT, GMAT and other standardized test problems. According to founder/creator Sal Khan, because of the granular nature of the 10 minute videos, the content can be mapped to almost any state's or nation's standards.

I see Khan Academy becoming the world's first free, world-class
virtual school where anyone can learn anything--for free.
Sal Khan, founder/creator of Khan Academy

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