Wednesday, September 1, 2010, AM | 2 Comments
Internet Technology is an extension of the Information Technology (IT) in general. We all know that. There are for-profit websites (mostly static) and blogs (mostly dynamic) and then there are the non-profit ones. We will call both websites and blogs as just simply sites on the Internet. Generally, the non-profit sites have dot org as TLD (Top Level Domain.) Of course, there is no lack of the commercial and the non-profit sites online.
If you scroll down on my blog, you would see a link to Jimmy Ruska’s site. Every day I click on it and always find something interesting to read and watch. Yesterday, through one of his links, I found a site called Khan Academy. The site is non-profit dot org and is run by Salman (Sal) Khan. The site is a vast digital trove of free mini-lectures all narrated by Khan, an ebullient, articulate Harvard MBA and former hedge fund manager. By the look of his site, I guess he is working at it full time.
There are for-profit teaching institutions online, one of which is University of Phoenix. However, they charge hefty prices for their courses where Khan’s Academy is free. It has been reported that Bill Gates immediately became a fan of the academy once he went over the site and was so impressed that Gates touted the “unbelievable” 10- to 15-minute Khan Academy tutorials “I’ve been using with my kids.” At one point, Bill said “I kind of envy him.”
With a few hundred dollars’ worth of video equipment and bookshelves is the epicenter of the educational earthquake that has captivated Gates and others. It is here that Khan produces online lessons on math, science, and a range of other subjects that have made him a web sensation.
Khan Academy, with Khan as the only teacher, appears on YouTube and elsewhere and is by any measure the most popular educational site on the web. Khan’s playlist of 1,630 tutorials (at last count) are now seen an average of 70,000 times a day. Since he began his tutorials in late 2006, Khan Academy has received 18 million page views worldwide, including from the Gates offspring.
In a Nutshell
If you want to learn basic and intermediate Math and other subjects, Khan Academy is for you. It’s all free. If you were a shy student or didn’t pay much attention to your Math and other teachers and missed some important lessons, now is the time that you start listening to Khan and benefit from his vast array of tutorials at your own pace. Make it your daily “chore” and learn the short lessons that Khan has in store for you. It’s quick, free, and easy to understand. Read Tips How Not To Hate Math Using Technology.