Take a look at what the not-so-distant future of education might look like:
Salman Khan is the creator of the Khan Academy, a free online education resource. Subject matter ranges from basic Math up to Calculus & more. There are a number of videos on various science topics, like Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, and Physics. There are also a growing number of videos on various business topics, like Economics, Currency, and Finance. History videos are being developed, too. The YouTube videos are available through the Khan Academy web site or through their YouTube Channel.
There is also a nice tech-enhanced classroom option as well. Teachers and students can select from thousands of educational videos and work through a wide range of practice problems and assessments to help develop mastery through the web site. (Keep in mind that teachers and students can still use all the video resources for free as well, without any sign-up.) Kids work through activities to earn awards and badges that show their proficiency.
Teachers can register as a “Coach,” enter a roster of students (they need a Google account or Facebook account to sign up), and track their progress. A variety of reporting features are available.
If you’re a teacher, a tutor, or a student in need of extra practice or assistance, check out the Khan Academy.
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