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Sal Khan's History of Education Has Some Pretty Significant Holes

It's erroneous to say that nothing changed in schools between 1892 and the Khan Academy.

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Khan Academy founder Sal Khan recently sat down with Forbes' Michael Noer and the two of them created a Khan-style video lecture of the history of education from 1680 to 2050. The duo posits that nothing much changed in our school system from 1892 when a committee of 10 individuals sat down to decide when physics should be taught and the arrival of the internet in the mid 1990s. But the real revolutionary innovation, they say, only arrived a few years ago with the Khan Academy's online video lesson-based model, which allows students receive an individualized education and learn at their pace.

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Khan Academy Wants to Teach You Coding

Now you really have no excuse for not learning how to code.


Can the world's most popular virtual classroom, the Khan Academy, bring the same magic to learning computer science that they've brought to brushing up on math and science concepts? With the launch of the new Khan Academy Computer Science project, founder Sal Khan and his team are certainly giving it a shot.

The head of the initiative, John Resig, wrote on his blog that the platform is designed for "people with no programming knowledge" and they intend to give coding newbies "an engaging and fun environment to learn in." Because coding is such an interactive process, the tutorials on the platform facilitate an organic process of exploration and figuring out how things work. Resig says that instead of "explicitly teaching how a computer works or fundamental programming concepts" the lessons "emphasize creativity and exploration."

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'Mystery Teacher Theater 2000' Contest Calls for Critiques of Khan Academy Videos

Critics say the videos are full of errors and emphasize procedures over concepts.

There's no denying Khan Academy has become an education juggernaut, reaching more than six million users every month. Founder Sal Khan recently pointed out that that's 10 times the number of all Harvard graduates since 1636. But while its "flipped classroom" approach has been touted in some circles as the future of learning, a growing number of educators are making the point that Khan's videos aren't a silver bullet. "Mystery Teacher Theater 2000," a contest sponsored by Justin Reich, a doctoral researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Dan Meyer, a teacher and current Stanford math Ph.D. student, wants to "bring a critical eye to the Khan series by awarding a cash prize to the best video commentary on a Khan Academy video."

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Could the Khan Academy Become a Traditional School?

A summer camp could be the first step toward the Khan Academy becoming a physical school.


Could everyone’s favorite virtual learning space, the Khan Academy, turn into a physical brick and mortar school? The answer is yes, at least for the summer. Founder Salman Khan is planning a Khan Academy summer camp for kids to be held in 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to KQED/Mindshift, the camp will be modeled after the We Teach Science camp Khan co-organized two years ago in Silicon Valley. Far from the "flipped classroom" model Khan's popularized, that camp took a hands-on, project-based learning approach to learning science, technology, engineering, and math, and Khan wants his upcoming camp to do the same. "The videos are great for learning things at an academic level," says Khan. "You can learn intuition for what a derivative is and about Newtonian mechanics through the online exercises, but this is another level of learning."

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GOOD Video: Future Learning Engages Students with Lessons On Demand

Part one in our Future Learning video series looks at Khan Academy and how project-based learning engages students.

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This post is in partnership with University of Phoenix

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Could the Khan Academy Close the Achievement Gap?

Salman Khan and our publisher head to the Dylan Ratigan Show to talk about flipping traditional school upside down.

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What if every student could receive an individualized education and learn at his or her own pace? What if teachers could actually ensure that every student learned a concept to mastery? Innovative ideas like these are becoming a reality at the Khan Academy, a virtual school that flips traditional schooling on its head. It's a radical shift from what happens in schools right now, however. In fact, it's almost the complete inverse of traditional schooling. Instead of sitting in class lectures during the day and then doing homework alone at night, in the Khan Academy, students get instruction on a particular concept online at home and then practice the "homework" in class where a teacher and other students can help.

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