The Khan Academy…

UPDATE (Oct 2010): Congrats to the Khan Academy and winning Google’s Project 10 to the 100!

First place = $2m

Today you can almost get a free education (minus the degree) by podcasting or webcasting some of the best lectures from MIT, Berkeley and Harvard. However, without prior knowledge, it can be difficult to watch/listen to a lecture and understand what is going on at these high level academic institutions.

The Khan Academy is a true revolution in the way we understand academia. I can attest to it as all my younger cousins have used it as an excellent reference to supplement their classroom learning. Actually, it has been such an amazing resource that they claim that these lectures are even better than what their teachers teach them. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

Yet, what makes The Khan Academy any different from other online lectures? The fundamental level of communication- using Paint Brush.

With over 1000+ videos on YouTube, and some videos having up to 200,000 hits and lasting up to 10 minutes per lecture, Salman Khan (not the Indian actor)has been able to create a true “open education system.” Originally the videos were put up for Mr. Khan to tutor his younger cousin who lived across the country, but little by little the videos began to pick up.

Subjects range from the Math (Calculus, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, etc) to Biology, Chemistry, Banking, Finance, and Economics. Everything is literally covered and subjects are growing everyday.

Here, for example, is an excellent lecture on one of my favorite subjects that I constantly help my cousins with: Trigonometric Identities.

I’ve definitely become a big fan of The Khan Academy. Along with excellent efforts by Teach for America and AmeriCorps, the Khan Academy is an invaluable asset to the academic environment. This project is exciting because it simply reaffirms my belief that human nature is naturally altruistic. Finally, I am a massive proponent on free education and it being held to the highest standard.  Investment into the education and health of this country need to be two of the most fundamental concepts supported by our legislators and leaders.

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