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The Khan Academy

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The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

It was created by Salman Khan and provides a free online collection of more than 2,000 (and growing) videos on mathematics, science, history, and economics.

The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world, so what better way to explain the Khan Academy than through a video:

The Khan Academy Watch this video on YouTube

In late 2004, Salman Khan began tutoring his cousin Nadia over the internet in mathematics using Yahoo!’s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought his tutelage, he decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube which he joined in November 2006. Their popularity on the video sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Salman Khan to quit his job as a Hedge Fund analyst in late 2009 to focus on developing his YouTube channel, ‘Khan Academy’, full-time.

His videos proved popular, attracting on average more than 20,000 hits each. Students from around the world have been attracted to Khan’s concise, practical and relaxed teaching method.

With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can’t imagine a better use of my time.

– Salman Khan

In the following TED talk Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script – give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help:

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education Watch this video on YouTube

Website: http://www.khanacademy.org

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