Thursday, March 17, 2011
Using Video to Reinvent Education
Have you all heard about Khan Academy? It's a wonderful online resource for math instruction and tutoring. The above video from TED.com came to us through an interesting blog post from Reading Rockets.
Sal Khan hosts video lectures on math concepts in an entertaining, easy to understand way. He even says that teachers have starting assigning his video lectures as "homework" and then using class time to work out problems (used to be "homework"). Kids seem to be learning well this way!
To read more on their suggestions for online learning, click here.
Click here to link to Khan Academy.
Oh - and one more thing. You know I always harp on my pipe dream of giving all students an iPad or Kindle loaded with their textbooks instead of making them lug around heavy, expensive textbooks (at least in middle and high school)... Well, the pushback has been due to the "cost" of the technology. But -- get this - once you buy the hardware (at a discounted bulk rate of course), then you can download all the FREE Open Source textbooks you want at ck12.org. So, costs not looking as bad, eh? Check it out by clicking here.