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Khan Academy, How To Videos on Mathematical Concepts

22 December 2009 5,366 views No Comment

Written by: Rashmi S

Khan Academy How To Videos

Khan Academy How To Videos

Khan Academy is a video library of how-to math and science videos, founded by a Harvard Business School MBA graduate Salman Khan. It is a non-profit organization aiming to provide free basic education across the globe. I am totally bowled over by this kind of social entrepreneurship. And I am puzzled with the variety of topics covered, from basic math to finance and credit crisis issues!

Their vision statement says “The goal of the Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org or http://youtube.com/khanacademy ) is to use technology to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. It is currently a library of 1176 videos on YouTube (and mirrored elsewhere) covering everything from basic arithmetic to advanced calculus, chemistry, economics and biology. The videos are supplemented by software that dynamically generates exercises and captures data on student usage and progress.”

I chanced upon some of their basic addition and subtraction videos. It is almost like siting in a classrom and listening to a lecture. Nothing fancy, the video’s are shot over an eblackboard, he explains the concepts with patience and clarity, show casing multiple ways to dealing with a said issue.

Sample here:

“It is our mission to accelerate learning for students of all ages” says their youtube channel message.

Salman khan received the 2009 Education Award Laureate.

The Khan Academy is a remarkable, one-person effort to educate the World.
Salman Khan has produced over 900 videos on YouTube-with 6 million views-covering everything from basic arithmetic to calculus, chemistry, and physics. Continuing to produce several hundred videos a year, Salman intends to provide instruction in all subjects to anyone, anywhere.

Millions of students around the world lack access to high quality instruction, especially in the sciences and math. The Khan Academy provides it for free in a way that can be accessed on-demand at a student’s own pace.

The videos are directly teaching tens of thousands of students on every continent on a daily basis. Other non-profit groups have even begun distributing off-line versions of the library to rural and underserved areas in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
-Says the Tech Awards

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