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The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy

The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy
An Explainer Post There's an article in this month's Wired Magazine about Khan Academy. The headline speaks volumes -- "How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education" -- as do the responses I've seen to the article. As usual, there's plenty of praise for Sal Khan and his one-man-educational-video-making machine. But there's also push-back from some quarters, particularly from educators who are highly skeptical of what Khan Academy delivers and what it stands for. That dichotomy says it all, right? Technology Replacing Teachers If one person can create 2400 educational videos and these videos can in turn be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection then why do we need teachers? While "technology will replace teachers" seems like a silly argument to make, one need only look at the state of most school budgets and know that something's got to give. The Bill Gates Connection "Retain qualified people." What does all of this have to do with Sal Khan? Old Wine, New Bottles, Bad Pedagogy

Khan/khan-exercises - GitHub Brain Games & Brain Training Khan Academy The website features thousands of educational resources, including a personalized learning dashboard, over 100,000 exercise problems, and over 5,000 micro lectures[5] via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, general chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science.[6] All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. Khan Academy reaches about 10,000,000 students per month and has delivered over 300,000,000 lessons.[7][8] History[edit] In late 2004, Khan began tutoring his cousin Nadia in mathematics using Yahoo!' Khan Academy has eclipsed MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) in terms of videos viewed. Khan Academy also has thousands of resources translated into other languages. Khan Academy also launched a computer science module in September 2012.[21][22] Technical format[edit] Badges[edit] There are many[who?]

College from scratch - Scratch Wiki [ edit ] See an idea you like? Hate? Don't understand? I would try to get the important parts right, then go ahead and start it. to @cshirky from @buildership - are you familiar with wiki tool to visually map and discuss issues? [ edit ] Organizational Model Partial distillation of ideas: for-profit (@openworld) students vested to degree they enrich curriculum (@openworld)+++ 3 years X 11 months (@hc)+ 1 yr required community service pre-college (@jsonin)+-- fees: 2% of lifetime income (@hc, @jthessert )-- funding/admissions like public K-12 (@studentactivism, @jsonin)- tenure limited to 8 yrs (@jakewk)+++ project-based classes (@jkeltner, @JoeBorn, @smithtk)+++ game-like classes (@schirra, @jakewk) self-directed learning emphasis on doing with learning best achieved as a byproduct (@maxmarmer) + applied labs (@digiphile) recreate published experiments (@fare) @theadamrocca Quoting "1 yr required community service pre-college" by @jsonin. @rkabir: LifeCollege: only teach life lessons.

How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education | Magazine Matthew Carpenter, age 10, has completed 642 inverse trigonometry problems at Joe Pugliese “This,” says Matthew Carpenter, “is my favorite exercise.” I peer over his shoulder at his laptop screen to see the math problem the fifth grader is pondering. It’s an inverse trigonometric function: cos-1(1) = ? Carpenter, a serious-faced 10-year-old wearing a gray T-shirt and an impressive black digital watch, pauses for a second, fidgets, then clicks on “0 degrees.” Presto: The computer tells him that he’s correct. Carpenter, who attends Santa Rita Elementary, a public school in Los Altos, California, shouldn’t be doing work anywhere near this advanced. But last November, Thordarson began using Khan Academy in her class. Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. “I’m able to give specific, pinpointed help when needed,” she says. The result is that Thordarson’s students move at their own pace.

College 2.0: A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man 'Academy' on YouTube - Technology By Jeffrey R. Young The most popular educator on YouTube does not have a Ph.D. This upstart is Salman Khan, a 33-year-old who quit his job as a financial analyst to spend more time making homemade lecture videos in his home studio. "My single biggest goal is to try to deliver things the way I wish they were delivered to me," he told me recently. The resulting videos don't look or feel like typical college lectures or any of the lecture videos that traditional colleges put on their Web sites or YouTube channels. The lo-fi videos seem to work for students, many of whom have written glowing testimonials or even donated a few bucks via a PayPal link. Mr. He started with subject matter he knows best—math and engineering, which he studied as an undergraduate at MIT. If Mr. Some critics have blogged that this learn-as-you-go approach is no way to run an educational project—and they worry that the videos may contain errors or lead students astray. But to Mr. College From Scratch Mr. Mr. Mr.

Khan Academy Jumps To 4M Uniques Per Month (Up 4X From Last Year) Oh, how I love Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) posts. In almost all cases, the inherent down-to-earth nature of a community-driven interview leads the most interesting of people to open up in genuine, honest ways that they otherwise might not in a one-on-one interview. Plus, they’re almost always jammed with all sorts of interesting facts and stats. Take this AMA with Khan Academy’s founder, Salman Khan, for example. Currently the top post on Reddit, Khan has spent the last two hours detailing everything from their recent growth and his workflow to the team’s plans for the future. Over the last month, Khan Academy saw 4 million unique users. While these are some of my favorite bits, it’s just a tiny chunk of what Khan has covered.

Research Center: Achievement Gap Published: August 3, 2004 Updated: July 7, 2011 The “achievement gap” in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. The achievement gap shows up in grades, standardized-test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates, among other success measures. It is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and Hispanic students, at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers, and the similar academic disparity between students from low-income families and those who are better off. In the past decade, though, scholars and policymakers have begun to focus increasing attention on other achievement gaps, such as those based on sex, English-language proficiency and learning disabilities. Students’ high school course-taking patterns provide a slightly more positive progress picture. Under President Barack Obama’s Administration, the U.S. by the Annie E. Annie E.