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Congratulations Graduates!

It’s graduation season and Sal was asked to give the commencement address at both MIT and Rice University.  Sal encouraged students to take risks and to “increase the positivity in the world.”  Watch Sal’s MIT speech here (full transcript here) and see his Rice University speech here.


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Share Fair 2012

On May 5th & 6th the Morgridge Family Foundation invited thousands of educators to gather in Denver for Share Fair 2012 - a two day conference on blended learning.
 



We would like to thank Carrie Morgridge and the Morgridge Family Foundation for inviting us to participate and for putting on such an incredible event. We enjoyed meeting all of the amazing teachers who attended the weekend. All three of our Teacher Resource breakout sessions were standing room only. (Image gallery here)

We also want to extend our gratitude to Governor John Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Joseph A. Garcia for welcoming us to the great state of Colorado. In fact, the Governor even proclaimed May 5, 2012 as “Khan Academy In Colorado Day”. Mark your calendars for Share Fair 2013 which is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2013.   

6/12/12  Update:  One of the connections we made at Share Fair was with Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Schools in Miami-Dade County. We just received word that Alberto and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have endorsed Khan Academy by informing the 20,300+ teachers and over 435 schools about Khan Academy. They have also placed a link on their “Student, Parent, and Employee portal as well as on the school system’s Student, Parent and Community’s website.”


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The Right Way to Use Technology in the Classroom

Originally posted on Shantanu’s Huffington Post blog (3/10/11) 

There have been many attempts to incorporate technology in the classroom. Since the early ’80s, schools have been stocking labs with the latest gadgets. Clearly, the world was changing.  We’ve seen the rise of personal computers, the internet, mobile devices, streaming video, social networking, and tablets. Our educational system must be able to benefit from these advances.

However, most attempts have been fundamentally flawed.  Computers were installed with mildly educational games that were kind of “cute.” Teachers weren’t provided the right tools to properly integrate the technology into their day-to-day instruction. For the most part, we didn’t teach kids with the computer, we taught them how to use the computer. Most kids need no help and could probably teach their parents. In the end, computer labs were a side show, expensive investments largely squandered due to a lack of good content or purpose.

We at the Khan Academy have a few thoughts on the right way to use technology in the classroom.  The Khan Academy is most known for the comprehensive video library that our founder Sal started creating in his spare time during his hedge fund days. However, thanks to recent funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google, we have been busily building the software and tools we think teachers and students really need.   

Starting in November, we began a pilot in a few classrooms  in Los Altos, California (fifth grade and seventh grade Math classes).  Bill Gates’ team recently sent a film crew down to document the work and has posted some great videos on his blog, The Gates Notes. The district itself has also created a blog where teachers, administrators, and students are posting their thoughts.  

Sal spoke at TED recently and talked about how we got started and where we are headed.

What’s so different about our approach?  For one, we are leveraging the computer for what it does best and leveraging the teachers for what they do best.  We are ensuring students can truly work at their own pace on their own time. We are making sure students actually master concepts before they move on. We are empowering teachers with the real-time data they so badly need.  We are allowing teachers to make much better use of classroom time, with more peer tutoring, project-based learning, and one-on-one coaching.  Most importantly, we are making learning fun.

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Sal's talk from TED now available

The talk walks you through everything from how the Khan Academy got started, to what we’re doing today and the feedback we’re geting, to what we’re envisioning for the future. If you’ve got any questions or comments, we’d love to hear ‘em.

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Khan Academy and LASD Pilot on Gates Notes

A few weeks ago, the Gates Notes team came down and interviewed the team here at the Khan Academy and all of the great students, teachers, and administrators participating in the pilot program over at the LASD. We’re excited to be able to share this with everyone because of how this experience has helped to inform many of the recent improvements to the Khan Academy. The Gates Notes team managed to capture a bunch of really interesting footage, so make sure to check out all of the videos:

http://www.thegatesnotes.com/TED/Speakers-Topics/Sal-Khan/

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