Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:01:00
From Khan Academy’s Rishi Desai, MD:
When I think back to studying for the MCAT I still cringe a tiny bit, and that’s usually enough to get my mind to wander off to something more pleasant. But if I press on…I remember a few specific things. For example, most of my memories are of studying alone. The process was draining — I trudged through dull books and practice test, after practice test, after practice test, with the vague notion of wanting to be a doctor. Occasionally I studied with a friend, and those memories stand out because we would take study breaks and teach and quiz each other. We had a knack for boiling down the dense content into manageable and understandable tidbits for one another. We could get into each other’s heads and figured out how to explain things in a way that only someone else that’s going through the material would know how to do.
Today, I lead Khan Academy Medicine, and I’m surrounded by people who care about learning and are willing to try new things. Thinking back to how I liked to learn, I was willing to bet that I wasn’t the only one. Lots of students would probably welcome getting information from a network of students and talented teachers who can get inside the head of someone learning something new. An idea was born!
We could use a national competition to find the most talented educators (students, trainees, and professionals) and have them put together a set of Khan Academy tutorials (videos and questions) that teach the material in a clear, no-nonsense, intuitive, and fun way!
A project this big requires the right collaborators, and it doesn’t get better than the AAMC and RWJF. The three of us got to work on announcing the competition, and now the results are in! I watched all of the submissions, and was thoroughly impressed. The next step is for me to join the fifteen winners at a training camp in San Francisco, where we’ll work together to hone our teaching skills. After that, we’ll start producing the content. I’m excited that this idea is coming to fruition. My only regret is that Khan Academy didn’t exist back when I needed it…
Wed, 08 May 2013 20:12:00
I recently passed by a sign that said “I teach. What’s your superpower?”, and was reminded of the teachers that have been superheroes in my life. There were a few precious teachers who encouraged a shy little girl to love learning, changing the course of her life forever.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to superhero teachers, including the 30,000 teachers across the world that are using Khan Academy in their classrooms, and changing the lives of students.
We salute you as you endeavor to provide more personalized, mastery-based and interactive learning experiences for your students. Thank you for putting in the long hours, for giving it your heart and soul, and for being a role model and an inspiration to students to be lifelong learners and explorers.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:12:00
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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:06:56
Over the past 6 months we’ve added a significant amount of content, including over 150 medical and health videos, but we want to do more. We are now collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges (those are the folks that put together the MCAT® exam) to find new medical content creators. (See the press announcement here).
Together with RWJF and the AAMC, we will sponsor a competition to encourage medical students and residents to create educational tutorials (i.e. collections of videos, questions, and articles) about concepts that will be tested by the new version of the MCAT exam, which will be administered in 2015. Announced last year, the revised MCAT exam will include concepts from psychology and sociology that provide the foundation for learning about the human and social components of health. It also will include biochemistry concepts for the first time, along with the biology, chemistry, and physics content included as part of the current test.
If you’re interested in making free medical content for the world and being trained as one of Khan Academy’s new medical content creators, apply here:
The competition will run through June 14, 2013, and we’re going to invite the top video makers to join us for a one-week boot camp (July 14-21) to refine their tutorial-making skills. Winners may then be invited to become Khan Academy Fellows to work with Khan Academy on developing the next generation of pre-health and medical education content! Everyone will benefit: competition winners get to make great tutorials, we get to offer more content, and the Khan Academy community gets to learn about a whole set of new topics related to the new MCAT exam that will debut in 2015. It’s a win-win-win!
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:47:00
Teachers, you are now able to create accounts for students of any age!
For students under 13, you will need to get parent permission for them to use the site. You can download our sample permission slip to send home with your students.
To add your students, visit Coach > Manage Students and click the green “Add new students” button.
This opens the form for inviting students by their email addresses:
If your students do not have email addresses (or you don’t have them handy), choose “create Khan Academy accounts for them.”
Next, you’ll create a username and password for your first student and enter their birthdate. If they are under 13, you need to include their parent’s email address:
You’ll receive a confirmation and then you can create your next student’s account.
As soon as you’ve created the account, your student can start using it — so you can create accounts for your whole class one afternoon or evening and have them log in the next day!
Credit goes to team lead Matt Faus, intern Dylan Vassallo, Kitt Hirasaki, Maureen Suhendra, Matt Wahl, Shantanu Sinha, Ben Kamens, and our fantastic legal advisor Aman Shah!