21Feb/110

The Khan Academy – Free Classroom for the World

Posted by Emily

At the Aspen Ideas Festival this past summer, Bill Gates described KhanAcademy.org as an incredible resource that he uses regularly with his own kids. The not-for-profit site was created by Sal Khan, a former hedge-fund trader, because he wanted to create a free online university and K-12 “school.” The site has more than 1,600 tutorial YouTube videos on topics ranging from the American Revolution and a 15-part series on the economic bailout to basic algebra and biology. The videos are created by Khan, who believes it's easier for students to learn from multimedia than from textbooks. “With the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere,” the Khan Academy is a great outlet for people of all ages, from every walk of life, and perhaps a signifier of where education could be headed in the future.

   
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