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Khan Academy online

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Modifié : Sep 5, 2013, 10:18am

In case you didn't already see it, here is a set of video clips from last Sunday's 60 Minutes TV show about Khan Academy. Khan Academy started posting free 15-minute tutorials on YouTube using electronic bulletin board software. Bill Gates found their math and algebra tutorials on YouTube for middle-schoolers, and got his kids to start watching those, and their math comprehension skyrocketed. Then Gates got Khan to attend a Gates conference, and things went from there. Nowadays Khan Academy wants to record free tutorials on many K-12 subjects. They already have some on physics, per their website. Here's the 60 Minutes starting page:

And here is the Khan Academy website:

Sep 12, 2013, 5:33pm

Thanks for the link Indy. Khan's website has some startling improvements since the last time I looked at it.

Sep 13, 2013, 10:32am

Have they started offering transcripts yet?

Sep 21, 2013, 1:24pm

Jesse, I just looked over their website and didn't see a transcript option. Language translation seems to be their current focus...but transcripts would certainly be needed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The physics and math tutorials use a lot of graphics, though, so you'd probably still want to watch the videos in those subject areas.

There may be some software out there for viewers to use (wasn't Dragon Speech one such?) to produce their own transcript.

If you send them a comment requesting information about transcripts, I'm sure someone there will respond to your question. As they get further into Liberal Arts subject areas, transcripts will become even more important, I think.

Sep 21, 2013, 1:26pm

Yeah. I still process much more quickly when there's text.

Modifié : Sep 24, 2013, 1:30pm

Same here, especially with math! It will be very interesting to see how Khan Academy grapples with different learning styles. The largest category of students, after all, learns best from print.

Modifié : Mar 4, 2014, 12:54am

I home school my kids and we use it for Maths and Physics, although I had a look at cryptology today. It's very good and very free.