On the cover of the Sept 6, 2010 edition of Fortune Magazine, at the bottom of the page, I noticed the words, “Bill Gates Favorite Online School”. It took me about 30 seconds to find the story. Upon finding out who the story was about, I thought, of course. I love him too. Sal Khan of Khanacademy.org, caught me eye several years ago. I was looking for a way to do a math review over the summer, and came upon Khan Academy’s website online.
I discovered Khan Academy’s online video tutoring service 3 years ago:
At the time, Khan Academy was a way to practice math questions, and figure out where you were weak. Upon finding those weaknesses, you could watch the pre-recorded videos and improve your math skills. Over the years, Khan Academy has grown to include every subject a high school student could even need, from pre-algebra thorugh caluclus, to economics, and physics. Plus they have improved the Khan Academy web application for user-paced practice and instruction.
Khan Academy’s online tutoring video service started out as a family tutoring session:
Little did I know when I found the site that my kids and I were befitting from the result of a family tutoring session. It turns out that Sal originally made the youtube videos and wrote the Java script based program in order to tutor his cousins in math long-distance. As is common with the best of You-Tube, his videos went viral. Now including Bill Gates and his son, my kids, my nephew, and I, Sal personally tutors over 70,000 tutors a day. … And he does it for free (to the users anyway), thanks to generous donations from folks who saw the value in his work and made donations that allowed him to quit his day job (he could probably use more donations).
Khan Academy’s online video tutoring service proves online education works:
The success of Khan Academy proves why online education works. As move forward into the electronic age, students should no longer be bound by the abilities of teacher put in front of him or her. If the teacher-student, teaching-learning styles don’t mesh, if the student needs more instruction than the teacher can give to the group, if the teacher is just incompetent, a student should be able to turn to other options that the internet allowed. Khan Academy is one such teacher that struggling students are turning to in droves.
Khan Academy’s online tutoring video service is very helpful to homeschoolers:
I know may family is grateful for his work. As a homeschooler, Khan Academy is an integral part of our homeschooling program, and I recommend it to anyone looking for extra help in their homeschool program. Please keep in mind that this site works more as a tutoring resource and for test prep and not as a full curriculum. Also, use headphones when viewing the videos, because Salman is very soft-spoken so you will want to shut out other sounds around you.