Bill Gates has many talents; one of them is spotting and supporting other true talent! I like this guy more and more.
Parents, Teachers, Kids: Would you like to view over 2,200 10-12-minute digestible FREE videos designed to tutor kids and adults alike on different subjects such as K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics and even some finance and history?
Well, you Khan!
The “Khan Academy” is a not-for-profit site with the goal of improving education and giving a FREE (thank you Bill Gates and other supporters) education to anyone, ANYWHERE. If you have access to the internet, you have access to this free academy. It has over 57 million viewers – it is not small fry.
The founder and educator is Salman Khan. He started this system back in 2006 as a way to tutor his family. He holds two BS degrees from MIT, an MS from MIT and an MBA from Harvard plus knows how to play guitar, so also advising on the best guitar strings in his videos. His website states his personal flair being:
“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.” —Sal
I personally played with the basic addition model; It was easy to use, as well as fun to play and interact with. I opened an Algebra model and actually sat all the way through it without squirming. His visualization resonated with me. I wish I had this resource when battling Algebra the first time.
This site allows you to coach other students or your own children and at a distance as needed. You can keep track of progress.
It provides examples for those hard to understand Math and Science concepts. I put my 7 year old on it and he won’t come off of it; I am waiting for him to start yelling for food.
The Badges awarded are reminiscent to the Scouts concept, but in academic subjects; all culminating in a “Master of” badge. The badges, titled mostly after celestial bodies: Meteorite, Moon, Earth, Sun, Black Hole, and Challenge.
Home Schoolers – this is a dream come true!
Professor Khan gets a YouthMUSE two thumbs up. I offer his website to for your viewing and use to empower yourself or our future generations.