This BBC interview with Sal Khan goes beyond how Khan Academy evolved and touches on where its heading.
Sal talks about why Khan Academy has become so popular - your own pace, time, location etc. It's informal, bite-sized videos which do have mistakes, and can students relate to. It also discusses how the Khan Academy platform and teacher Dashboard helps students and teachers recognise the gaps in learning. It giving students a comprehensive base to learn further, and it gives teachers understanding of student decision making processes.
You hear about what its like working at the Khan Academy. It attracts not only the biggest brains, but the biggest hearts - they want to be a part of the mission for education.
In terms of what next for Khan Academy, Sal discusses his reponsibility for making sure its for anyone anywhere. This means working with other organisations to help developing countries to have access to the internet.
Sal admits that Khan Academy has been made the 'poster child' for the flipped classroom, but that 'flipped' learning is only the beginning. What he intends to aspire to is mastery based, self-paced, peer to peer learning - the term 'flipped' however is catchier!
The interview asks Sal to address critics of his non-profit venture, saying it is just like having a text book via video. His response is to ask the users, who disagree.
A new and exciting venture of Sal's is the Khan Lab School. It comprises of one class with 30 students ages 5-12yrs. Students work together, but also independently, and their is a culture of learning, self-direction. It promotes full-day and full-year learning, where school becomes more like the rich 'life' learning of summer break.
The school is a lab - just like the classroom, failure is not a bad thing. The school will keep evolving, take calculated risks, and explore opportunities.
BBC Educators series: Salman Khan
Khan Lab School (blog)
Tinkering School (Khan Lab School's day at...)
Khan Academy website (get started!)
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Check out these 50 different tricks and tips for using your ipad. Some basic hidden features that I now use regularly, through to settings adjustments. A few of my new favourites are...
This is a simple reflection by A J Juliani using technology with a purpose in the classroom. These seven ideas would be useful to consider during unit planning. They include collaborating in real time (students and staff), students reflecting on their education journey using a blog or digital portfolio, and my favourite, using technology to create projects that matter, that have impact beyond the classroom.
7 Ways to Use Technology with Purpose
This article looks at how flipped learning incorporates the learning fluencies. Learning fluencies are similar to the NZCs key competencies, ways of thinking and approaching learning - a concept perhaps created but definitely promoted by Global Digital Citizen Foundation.
The article contains highlights the skills students use whilst participating in a flipped classroom (analyse, interpret, interpolate, assess, apply etc) - this is a practice I liked to do in my unit planning so I knew what skills/competencies/actions my students would be taking.
Three over-arching affects mentioned are:
Flipped Learning, Fluency Style
This article/video gives a great insight into how you might go about creating your own videos for students - an element of the revered 'flipped classroom'. It also introduced me to Socratic, well worth the look!
Jeremy LeCornu is an Australian Biology teacher who began posting videos on YouTube for his students. He contacted another science teacher who was 'flipping', Tyler DeWitt, who was part of a team of educators beginning Socratic. Socratic has developed quickly. It not only contains a comprehensive collection of Science videos, but also mathematics, and macro/micro economics (and they're taking votes for the next subject). The site also uses a question/answer forum where its thousands of members can answer questions. This allows answers to be given almost immediately. A profile is set up for contributors so you can have a nosey at backgrounds.
After his visit to the USA, he became a Socratic contributor, and refined his process of flipping, creating a studio set-up with dual cameras (one on top for the workspace and one in front for the presenter). This is something schools could set up for the use of multiple teachers!
It's not often you see the inner workings of the flipped classroom - it's an interesting insight. A lot of work it seems, but apparently worth it. Just from watching the video I can think of a few things I would try to reduce the workload...
A Flipped Learning Journey: Meet Jeremy LeCornu
Find personal summaries of interesting and relevant reads on the Tuitive blog.
Learning Leading Change (with Claire Amos)
Tech advice for teachers
Global Digital Citizen
Derek Weymouth (at Core Education)
Leading & Learning (with Bruce Hammonds)
Ms Claudia Lee
Google breakdown (Monica)