I have stumbled upon one of the greatest resources for those who have children or are working with children: Khan Academy. Khan Academy is…
“a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere”. And guess what folks…they deliver!!!!
All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.
Khan Academy has a voluminous library of videos covering K-12 math and science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge, and they tackle some of the toughest-to-teach material out there. Parents, you have a friend in Khan. Save this resource, you and your child WILL NEED Khan at some point.
They say it better than I can: “Students can make use of our extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web:
–Complete custom self-paced learning tool
–A dynamic system for getting help
–A custom profile, points, and badges to measure progress”
They also say “Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy:
–Ability to see any student in detail
–A real-time class report for all students
–Better intelligence for doing targeted interventions”
I believe the way Khan Academy is structured is a key indicator and sneak preview of education to come. Schools will likely become places where students go for specialized support, while the internet can/will become a place where students can learn basics, or even explore unique specialties. Trying to argue that every child needs to learn in one kind of setting in 10-15 years will be laughed at, as we learn more and more about the uniqueness of learning styles among our species.
Just how great an impact has the Khan Academy made? Well, take a look at the amazing caliber of their group of supporters: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Think of America, Oracle, Robert Would Johnson Foundation. The list goes on…
Keep Khan close at hand, because your child will learn best when you identify their preferences for absorbing information. Khan makes learning MORE COMPELLING. Khan offers videos as well as written material.