Khan Academy is not your traditional brick and mortar school or university with teachers lecturing in the classroom. It is a website of hundreds of education videos narrated by Sal Khan, a former hedge fund analyst and founder of Khan Academy. As of July 2014, Sal Khan’s Khan Academy YouTube channel received 1.8 million subscribers.
Watch this clip of Khan speaking at Austin College in Texas.
In March 2014, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman spoke at the inaugural Globalization of Higher Education conference to address critical issues of affordability and accessibility. Coming to terms with our rapidly changing and interconnected world, Friedman prefaces his remarks, “When I started writing The World is Flat in 2004, Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what you sent to college, and Skype was a typo.”
A chemical engineer by training, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger shares 3 tips on how technology can significantly improve learning in this TEDx talk. “Social media such as Twitter and Facebook and class wikis and blogs can help students access materials outside the classroom providing a way for those who are reluctant to ask questions in class to participate in the discussion.”