Superman is here, and his name is Sal Khan. What started as a project to help teach his cousins has turned into what has the potential to completely change the game in education.
Khan has been recording simple video lessons for hundreds of different concepts from math to science to world history. He has made them all available for free online, and he has created some amazing tools that allow parents, teachers, home schoolers and tutors to track with real time fine grain detail the progress of the students.
Currently, teachers get to spend about 5% of their time interacting with students, the rest is spent lecturing, giving exams, etc. This new model completely turns the classroom upside down -- students can be assigned the videos for home work, and then in class they get mentoring from the teacher and each other.
Here is a Sal introducing the platform this month at TED:
Here is a more in depth overview of the features:
The system is FREE, being used in schools now, and is READY FOR YOUR SCHOOL TO ADOPT. We'd love to see some of our readers make an effort to pilot the KHAN program in your district.
Thoughts? Anyone have any direct experience with this?