Virtual Learning gets Even Better with Khan
CNN reports Bill Gates as the newest fan of Mr. Khan. The Khan we are discussing is not a Bollywood Khan, but the only teacher of Khan Academy, a virtual school which has become the most popular educational site on the web.
Salman Khan, a Harvard MBA and former hedge fund manager, produces online lessons on math, science, and a range of other subjects that have made him a web sensation. Gates and his 11-year-old son, Rory, have been soaking up videos, from algebra to biology. Khan’s playlist of 1,630 tutorials (at last count) are now seen an average of 70,000 times a day — nearly double the student body at Harvard and Stanford combined. Since he began his tutorials in late 2006, Khan Academy has received 18 million page views worldwide, including from the Gates progeny.
Here is his video which introduces us to Trigonometry.
In his low-tech, conversational tutorials — Khan’s face never appears, and viewers see only his unadorned step-by-step doodles and diagrams on an electronic blackboard. Algebra made easy in his below video.
Khan’s take on Organic Chemistry. Here he explains the structure of organic molecules.
Khan presents Work and Energy in his unconventional teaching style.
This is a must see video of Khan’s illustration of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
Khan guides us through one of the world’s bloodiest revolutions, The French Revolution.
As seen in his videos, in less than 15 minutes Khan gets to the essence of the topics he’s carved out. His videos can be accessed on YouTube and it’s free! 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.