5 must watch Khan Academy talks

These Khan Academy videos range from education reform to making college affordable

khan-academy-talksKhan 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.

What began as a simple tutor lesson in math between cousins has transformed into a massive, international educational platform. As of April 2014, Sal Khan’s Khan Academy YouTube channel received 1.7 million subscribers with over 400 million video views.

But what attributes to the extraordinary rise in popularity of this online learning model and how has it revolutionized higher education?…Read More

Blended learning gets the Khan Academy treatment

New resource provides guidance on delivering blended learning

blended-learning-khanIn a somewhat ironic twist, blended learning has been lacking in a resource it aims to help promote: video resources. However, thanks to a new partnership between a blended learning powerhouse and a video resource giant, blended learning is being delivered to educators in an ideal fashion.

Blended learning, recently one of the most popular methods in education, is more than just a superficial trend. According to Gallup’s recently released “State of America’s Schools” report, blended learning holds incredible potential for increased student outcomes as well as increased capacity for student and teacher engagement—a major driver of achievement, says the report.

However, “as new technologies and online learning continue to grow in popularity, implementation and training for teachers and administrators have unfortunately remained a stumbling block—until now,” said the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Learning in a statement.…Read More

SAT gets an overhaul, partners with Khan Academy

Changes to the SAT include offering free test prep, digital version of the exam

SAT-Khan-testingMajor changes are coming to the SAT, the College Board announced Wednesday at SXSWedu, including a test preparation partnership with the nonprofit learning website Khan Academy.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate closely with the College Board to level the playing field by making truly world-class test-prep materials freely available to all students,” said Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy.

Through the partnership, Khan Academy will offer 200 online videos to be used as study aids for the newly redesigned SAT. Like all of Khan Academy’s offerings, the videos will be free to watch.…Read More

Opinion: Charging for knowledge is antiquated

Coursera, in less than six months, has enrolled 740,000 students.

Free universal knowledge is the most valuable resource in the world. Knowledge is an economic good that becomes more valuable as more people “consume” it.  The distribution of knowledge is in the process of transitioning from a scarce resource to a commodity.

The impact of this change upon the value of human capital in the world is nearly unimaginable. This change to free distribution of knowledge has the potential to dramatically improve lives and economies around the world. We are on the threshold of a global revolution in education that could make this one of the most exciting times in human history.

Sal Khan, founder and faculty of one of the Khan Academy, had a vision in 2009 of “educating the world.” With the Khan Academy now educating 1 million students a month, his vision is becoming a reality. This initiative has been followed by edX, the partnership of MIT and Harvard, which has a mission to educate 1 billion people.…Read More

MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative

MIT has launched an initiative encouraging its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering to K-12 students, the university reports. The videos will be accessible through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy, a popular not-for-profit educational site founded by an MIT alumnus. “We wanted to help inspire young people to change the world through engineering and science, and realized that the 10,000 superstar students we have at MIT are uniquely positioned to do that,” says Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering. Waitz conceived of the initiative—known as MIT+K12—to help address growing challenges in primary and secondary education in the United States, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Under MIT+K12, MIT students produce videos that are five to 10 minutes long on topics of their choosing; they can also develop video concepts requested by teachers, K-12 students and other users. In the three dozen MIT+K12 videos posted so far, students have focused on topics ranging from flying robots to basic chemistry to Earth’s rotation.

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