If you haven’t heard of Sal Khan yet, chances are you will soon. He’s the founder and sole instructor at Khan Academy, a not-for-profit website with hundreds of free video lectures in math, science, and a handful of other subjects. Khan’s trying to change the way people study online (a subject near and dear to our hearts here at Tutor.com), and by all accounts he’s succeeding. Bill Gates praised him this summer at the Aspen Ideas Festival, calling Khan’s videos “unbelievable,” and he was recently profiled by Fortune magazine.
Here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s article:
His low-tech, conversational tutorials — Khan’s face never appears, and viewers see only his unadorned step-by-step doodles and diagrams on an electronic blackboard — are more than merely another example of viral media distributed at negligible cost to the universe. Khan Academy holds the promise of a virtual school: an educational transformation that de-emphasizes classrooms, campus and administrative infrastructure, and even brand-name instructors.
Of course, if your school or local public library offers the Tutor.com Learning Suite, you may already be familiar with Sal Khan. His videos are some of the most popular and highly-rated educational resources in our SkillsCenter Resource Library, where Tutor.com users have viewed them thousands of times. You can also find Khan Academy videos free of charge at our website if the Learning Suite isn’t available in your area.
To get you started, here are some of our users’ favorites: