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Steve Ransom

Is Khan Academy a real 'education solution'? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 55 views

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    Great conclusions here!!
Michael Mitchell

Home | MIT + K12 - 38 views

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    MIT-created site that uses student-created videos to explain complex science and engineering topics to k-12 students.
Steve Ransom

Khan Academy does not constitute an education revolution, but I'll tell you w... - 40 views

  • The curriculum in these classes is typically irrelevant to their lives, except for the need to earn grades good enough to placate their parents and impress college admissions officers. When the academic content assigned has no meaning to them, and their engagement with it is solely to attain extrinsic rewards, of course they’re not going to retain it.
Steve Ransom

Turning the Classroom Upside Down - WSJ.com - 37 views

  • Still more encouraging, our data show that when students work at their own pace, the need for traditional tracking and labeling goes away. Given the time and personal instruction needed to master core topics, supposedly "slower" students are often able to speed ahead. Within weeks, they look "advanced."
    • Steve Ransom
       
      Sure... but to extend this model further than mere "support", it removes the highly skilled teacher who can/should make the learning meaningful, relevant, interesting,... Simply completing skill-based tutorials does nothing for the child who needs something different or does not enjoy mathematics. Teachers are questioners, connectors, inspirers, relationship-builders,... not just traffic directors making sure everyone gets plugged in to the skill-based lessons that they need.
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    Why not have lectures at home and 'homework' at school-and let students learn at their own pace?
David McGavock

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education | Video on TED.com - 39 views

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    "Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help."
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