200,000 Students a Month: Learning Science and Math on YouTube
By on June 4th, 2010

salman-khan Sometime last month, Shankar posted a tweet about the Khan Academy. Have you ever heard of it? I followed the link and learned about Salman Khan, a man who gave up a successful career in Silicon Valley to teach people using Youtube videos. He’s posted over 1200 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance.

Why does Khan do it? He’s not in it for the money. According to a recent interview, Khan said You know, I think I’ve always enjoyed teaching.

I believe him. His videos are not the dry lectures you’d expect from a geek. His enthusiasm shines through in the 10 to 20 minute videos. Here’s a video overview of the academy:

Link to this video at Youtube

When talking about his teaching style, he says:

I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him. The concepts are conveyed as they are understood by me, not as they are written in a textbook developed by an educational bureaucracy. Viewers know that it is the labor of love of one somewhat quirky and determined man who has a passion for learning and teaching. I don’t think any corporate or governmental effort–regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem–can reproduce this.

Students all over the world are viewing Khan’s videos and are finding that they are learning previously difficult subjects much more easily now.

To find out more, visit the Khan Academy website.

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    I have to hail this man as a hero of the like of Ghandi. By empowering people through education, you are setting them free. Salman Khan, hats off to you for making the world a better place.

    I remember how difficult some subjects, especially calculus were, and if I had access to resources like these I would've been able to gain the insight required to continue with higher level mathematics. Now having said that, I really am glad I didn't end up having to learn all that stuff ;-)

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    What a great idea. I will have to check out some of Khan's videos. I think this will catch on as there are a lot of other very smart people who would willingly help share that knowledge with others. I just wonder if there will become a time when people can learn entire professions all for free online.

    • http://www.lifeofrajesh.com Rajesh Pandey

      Sadly no! :-/

  • http://news.google.com/news/search?q=clif+sipe Clif

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  • http://bdtechie.com Nasif

    Long Live Khan Academy….

  • http://cafedegeek.com Awais Chaudry

    Amazing! So happy to know that there is still existence of such geeks in the world who takes teaching as a passion. Salman khan is really doing a wonderful job,all my prays for him. Youtube has really become a wonderful platform for differnt online learning channels. Finally i see learning becoming fun, something that i always wished.

  • http://www.bluelightit.com Alan Mor

    Great post. All I can say is thank you Khan for the great positive contribution to society. And Clif for posting this article, I had no idea that this was going on and I am so excited to sit and watch some of his videos. It's great to know I can sit and refresh the memory on subjects I had some difficulty while I was in collage. ; )

    • http://www.bluelightit.com Alan Mor

      lol!! does he provide spelling grammar too??? "College"

 
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