Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Khan Academy

Today at senior assembly students were assailed with a vast array of information.  Ms Schaumann (me) talking about Careers and also about the Epic Databases.  Mr Muir talking about financial assistance for struggling families, Mr Ross speaking about sport and Mr Turner who demonstrated some of the videos available on The Khan Academy.

The Khan Academy is going to be the focus of this post!  Salman Khan is an American of Indian extraction, who began to record videos a few years ago as a way to help his cousins who had immigrated to America, the idea was to find visual ways of explaining problems to students whose grasp of the English language was not yet fluent.  He focussed particularly on maths problems. He uploaded the videos to YouTube and this has now grown to such an extent that students all over the world use these videos which are on a multitude of subjects from mathematics to history, to revise and to learn complex ideas. 

There are now more than 2,200 videos available via the Khan Academy!  If you would like to read more about Salman Khan you could check out this newspaper article on him,

Here is the story of how he got started (It is a TED talk so it goes for 20 minutes)  it is very funny and he is a very cool guy.  Enjoy the video below if you want the short version (only about 2 minutes!)

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