From Maths Class on Yahoo Doodle to a Free World-class Education for Everyone – Khan Academy
Here is a man who chose a different path. He didn’t go for the typical black or white board and stand in front of it to teach. Instead, he chose a smarter way to deliver his lectures, the online way. Yes, we are talking about Salman Khan, the man behind Khan Academy, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide ‘free world-class education for anyone anywhere’. To fulfill this, Khan Academy offer its resources to everyone free of charge. Some 4500 tutorials covering a wide range of academic fields including Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Finance, Mathematics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics, Healthcare, Organic Chemistry, History, Economics, Macroeconomics, American civics, Microeconomics, Computer Science and Art history are available in the organization’s website.
The birth of this unique concept took place when Salman Khan, A Harvard Business School and MIT graduate began using the Doodle notepad by Yahoo to teach mathematics to his cousin and soon, the idea became a big hit when his other relatives also asked for same kind of assistance. He decided to post tutorials on YouTube which became much sought after by students and soon Mr. Khan quit his job to start his Khan Academy. This online organization runs on donations that have come from all sections of the society and the organization already has 283 million total views on YouTube with 1,233,000 subscribers.
The best part about the concept that defines Khan Academy is that, not only it let students learn, but also allow teachers and parents to have a constant watch on what students are going over. Other than tutorials, the website offers many more educational features like exercises for practice, progress tracking as well as myriad other tools that would help teachers in schools. You can easily login to Khan Academy with your Facebook or Google account, in case you are not comfortable with creating a new profile with the website. Or get access to the materials free of cost with the help of the new modern UI application by the academy that is available on Windows Store. The current content on the website generally targets the syllabus of school physics and mathematics, but the future will witness a wide coverage as Mr. Khan has every plan to offer “tens of thousands of videos in pretty much every subject”.
Many critics are of the opinion that it is the free-of-charge and wide availability to all nature is what will take Khan Academy to great scales and fulfill Mr. Khan’s cherished dream of developing “the world’s first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything”.
Check Khan Academy at – https://www.khanacademy.org/
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