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Kate Pok

The trouble with Khan Academy - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 2 views

  • Let’s start with what Khan Academy is. Khan Academy is a collection of video lectures that give demonstrations of mechanical processes. When it comes to this purpose, KA videos are, on the average, pretty good. Sal Khan is the main reason; he is approachable and has a knack for making mechanical processes seem understandable. Of course, his videos are not perfect. He tends to ramble a lot and get sidetracked; he doesn’t use visuals as effectively as he could; he’s often sloppy and sometimes downright wrong with his math; and he sometimes omits topics from his subjects that really need to be there (LU decomposition in linear algebra, for example). But on balance, KA is a great resource for the niche in which it was designed to work: giving demonstrations of mechanical processes.
  • But let’s also be honest about what Khan Academy is not. Khan Academy is not a substitute for an actual course of study in mathematics. It is not a substitute for a live teacher. And it is not a coherent curriculum of study that engages students at all the cognitive levels at which they need to be engaged. It’s OK that it’s not these things. We don’t walk into a Mexican restaurant and fault it for not serving spaghetti. I don’t fault Khan Academy for not being a complete educational resource, because it wasn’t designed for that purpose. Again, Khan Academy is a great resource for the niche in which it was designed to work. But when you try to extend it out of that niche — as Bill Gates and others would very much like to do — all kinds of things go wrong.
  • When we say that someone has “learned” a subject, we typically mean that they have shown evidence of mastery not only of basic cognitive processes like factual recall and working mechanical exercises but also higher-level tasks like applying concepts to new problems and judging between two equivalent concepts. A student learning calculus, for instance, needs to demonstrate that s/he can do things like take derivatives of polynomials and use the Chain Rule. But if this is all they can demonstrate, then it’s stretching it to say that the student has “learned calculus”, because calculus is a lot more than just executing mechanical processes correctly and quickly. To say that it is not — that knowledge of calculus consists in the ability to perform algorithmic processes quickly and accurately — is to adopt an impoverished definition of the subject that renders a great intellectual pursuit into a collection of party tricks.
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  • Even if the student can solve optimization or related rates problems just like the ones in the book and in the lecture — but doesn’t know how to start if the optimization or related rates problem does not match their template — then the student hasn’t really learned calculus. At that point, those “applied” problems are just more mechanical processes.
  • Khan Academy is great for learning about lots of different subjects. But it’s not really adequate for learning those subjects on a level that really makes a difference in the world. Learning at these levels requires more than watching videos (or lectures) and doing exercises. It takes hard work (by both the learner and the instructor), difficult assignments that get students to work at these higher levels, open channels of communication that do not just go one way, and above all a relationship between learner and instructor that engenders trust.
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    All the reasons I like and don't like Khan Academy videos....
Chris Betcher

Google For Educators - 67 views

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    Google Teachers Academy in London, July 2010
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    The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other primary and secondary educators in their local region.
Frank Noschese

What Khan Academy looks like in my classroom… | LASD and Khan Academy Pilot - 22 views

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    While students do Khan Academy, teacher can show "Class Energy Points Per Minute" data for motivation: http://bit.ly/gbGqIH #factorymodel
Judy Robison

Mobile Learning Academy | Verizon Corporate Responsibility - 34 views

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    "Verizon Foundation is launching the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a virtual, moderated professional development course offered to teams of educators for free. The course includes five modules developed around ISTE standards. Course modules are designed to help teachers, administrators and tech coaches implement effective mobile learning initiatives in their schools and classrooms. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered to teachers completing the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy course."
ivan alba

Vídeos tutoriales de Khanacademy - 49 views

  • Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.
  • feet wet, you may want to try some of the videos in the "Algebra I Worked Examples" playlist. Simple Equations Equations 2 Equations 3 Algebra: Linear Equations 4 Algebra: Solving Inequalities Algebra: graphing lines 1
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    Hundreds of videos on high school math/science. They also have a YouTube channel.
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    Math/Science videos
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    The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. They are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.
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    Tory suggested this site at the APU faculty meeting.
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    Free web source for math
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    We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.
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    "We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World. "
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    review materials
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    We've got to latch onto this idea and more like it so we don't lose our audience, who IS learning very differently now whether we like it or not!
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    Watch. Practice. Learning almost anything for FREE!!!
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    Recorded lectures-great for review or study
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    Khan Academy is a widely know and used cross-curricular educational video site. While there is some content for younger students, most videos are for older students and adults. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Cross+Curricular
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    The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 2100+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users per month.
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    This site has videos and interactive lessons in Math and many other topics, all free
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    Tutoriales en Inglés de varios cursos
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    A site housing more than 3000 educational videos
Tracy Tuten

Khan Academy: The future of education? - CBS News - 1 views

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    Discussion of Khan Academy with links to Khan's videos
Nancy White

Free Technology for Teachers: 3 Ways to Access Khan Academy Without YouTube - 79 views

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    How to access Khan Academy videos if you block You Tube in your school or district. This is awesome!
Peter Beens

Materials (Google Teacher Academy Resources) - 0 views

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    links to materials included in the printed book at the Google Teacher Academy
Steve Ransom

Khan Academy: My Final Remarks | Action-Reaction - 86 views

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    This post nails the foundational problems with the way Gates, Khan, and others are promoting Khan Academy as "the answer".
Frank Noschese

Sun Badges and Beyond | LASD and Khan Academy Pilot - 5 views

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    LASD students using Khan Academy are ignoring exercises and videos, focusing on earning KA badges instead: http://bit.ly/eAN1aV #nosurprise
Frank Noschese

Khan Academy: A Revolution in Education « Cooperative Catalyst - 15 views

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    I left a gigantic comment at "Khan Academy: A Revolution in Education" http://bit.ly/fmJvYs #edtech #edchat #scichat #mathchat
Don Doehla

New Teacher Academy: Classroom Management | Edutopia - 44 views

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    The first blog post on Edutopia's new teacher academy - a series of many posts about the basics of teaching!
jodi tompkins

PBL Academy - 76 views

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    Problem based learning academy
farrell40

About The Webcast Academy | The Webcast Academy - 13 views

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    "About The Webcast Academy"
Steve Ransom

YouTube - PBS NewsHour piece on the Khan Academy and Salman Khan - 20 views

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    Nice overview of evolution of Sal Kahn's Kahn Academy and the impact of screencasting in mathematics.
Frank Noschese

Khan Academy is an Indictment of Education | Action-Reaction - 16 views

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    RT @vikingphysics: http://bit.ly/fZAQpO ; Some cognitive dissonance btwn the TED that likes Khan and also likes Sir Ken?
jaimetong

Blended Learning white paper - 82 views

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    Results from a pilot project involving Khan Academy and blended learning.
Tom Hinrichs

Khan Academy launches iPad app with complete library of over 2,700 educational videos | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence - 3 views

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      This is an extensive website
  • 2,700-and up educational videos.
  • Khan Academy account; get credit for watching videos, and track goals and achievements
Marc Patton

Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy - 0 views

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    The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a camp where teachers go and learn about math and science through fun ways! The camp will be one week long and your teacher will learn with other teachers from across the country. Best of all, it's free for them, too.
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