Hello my friends,
I came across an article about Sal Khan, Khanacademy.org,Â in the September 6, 2010 issue of Fortune magazine titled, “Bill Gates Favorite Teacher” by David A. Kaplan.Â We allÂ have heard of a guy name Bill Gates of Microsoft’Â s Fame ,who is one of Khan’s academy’s biggest fan by the way he and his 11 year old son Rory soaks upÂ the learning videos.Â This academy is a free one man educational platform operated in his revamped bedroom closet that he calls his office and the classÂ lessons are doled out in briefÂ video tutorialÂ mini lecturers all narrated by Khan on youtube and elsewhere that is made simply with audio and an electronic blackboard filled with doodles and diagrams.Â
As Mr. Kaplan states it, “Khan Academy holds the promise of a virtual school: an educational transformation that de-emphasizes classrooms, campus and administrative infrastructure, and even brand-name instructors. Sal Khan is a very intelligent man, being valedictorian of his high school graduation class, MBA from Harvard, three degrees from MIT, President of his class at MIT and also did volunteer teaching in Brookline for talented children, as well as developed software to teach children with ADHD. In his professional career life he was a former Hedge Fund manager.
Not only did I get a chance to read and research this online academy, I also got a chance to learn and relearn many subjects (math, science)Â and new topics about the economy. Will this type of learning replaceÂ the standard classroom learning with accredited teachers and professors? Probably not in this early stage of the game however I do feel like this is a great supplemental learning platform that is assisting students all around the world. My daughter, Lauryn, just started Kindergarten and I am making a commitment to have Khan Academy tutorials with her at leastÂ once a week starting out. With the way the internet has changed the way we conduct and transact our daily lives, I am glad that Khan had the vision to use his talent in a unique and positive way for not only our kids but our educational development also. Check it out for yourself at www.khanacademy.orgÂ and lend me your comments or experiences.Â
Make it HAPPEN!!!