Khan Academy: Salman Khan is Making Learning Look Good

Did you hear Salman Khan has started teaching calculus online?

No, not the Salman Khan of Bollywood fame, but the Salman Khan of MIT, Harvard, and online education acclaim.

Salman “Sal” Khan, founder of Khan Academy, wants you to flex your mental muscle.

In 2004, Salman “Sal” Khan started posting video tutorials on Yahoo! Doodle and Youtube to help his cousins with subjects like math. Soon, other people began utilizing his user friendly and engaging videos and the popularity of Khan’s videos increased. Now, Khan’s efforts have developed into what is known as the Khan Academy, an online leader in open educational resources. Salman Khan’s dynamic approach to teaching has been pivotal to Khan Academy‘s success. It now boasts more than 166,705,027 lessons served and has become a leader in online learning, surpassing MIT’s OpenCourseWare in users. With over 3,200 videos online and growing, Khan Academy offers tutorials in mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and computer science.

Sal Khan, making tutorial videos from his home office.

Khan Academy has received recognition from media and educational leaders. It has also received funding from Google and Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, philanthropist, and second richest man in the world. At the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, Bill Gates was quoted as saying Khan Academy was “unbelievable.” Gates added:

“I’ve been using [The Khan Academy] with my kids… I’d say we’ve moved about 160 IQ points from the hedge fund category to the teaching-many-people-in-a-leveraged-way category. It was a good day his wife let him quit his job.”

Bill Gates, on Khan Academy.

Khan has also been featured on TedTalks, the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Public Broadcasting Service(PBS), National Public Radio, CNN, CNN Money, and The Colbert Report. In 2012 Salman Khan was featured as a “Big Thinker” on Edutopia and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012.

The video platform allows the student to feel like the teacher is talking directly to them, rather than being one out of thirty plus students listening to a boring lecture spouted verbatim from an outdated and dusty outline from thirty years ago. So next time you are need help with understanding a subject, check out The Khan Academy at www.khanacademy.org. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover something new – like the connection between Newton, Leibniz, Usain Bolt and differential calculus as seen in the below video.

In the below video, students from The Stratford School in the San Francisco Bay area sing their praises for Khan Academy. Their teacher, Rekha Pardeshi, also discusses the benefits of The Khan Academy in enhancing the traditional classroom experience here.

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  1. I do think the many children benefit from websites such as Khan Academy and MathTV.com that use the flipped classroom method.

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