Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How Bill Gates' Favorite Teacher Wants to Disrupt Education

If you don't know about the TED Talks ("Ideas Worth Spreading"), you are in for a treat. One of their recent speakers, Salman Khan, talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

As Bill Gates said, here is a glimpse into the future of education...

In 2004, Salman Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began posting math tutorials on YouTube. Six years later, he has posted more than 2.000 tutorials, which are viewed nearly 100,000 times around the world. Learn more about Khan in this Fast Company article.

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