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Weekend Website #64: Khan Academy

19 Aug

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.

khan academy

Khan Academy--free videos on lots of stuff

Age:

2nd-8th

Topic:

Tech Ed in the classroom

Address:

Khan Academy

Review:

With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.

This is Sal’s–the website’s founder–self-description, one so very true. Winner of Google’s Project 10 to the 100th (no superscripts available in WordPress) of ideas to change the world, it is unlike any other online video training website. Most of Khan Academy’s FREE videos are academically-oriented, topics that students struggle with understanding like algebra, applied sciences, humanities. The lessons are both textual and hands-on. For example, if you’re studying economics, it offers videos on the economics behind America’s current economic fiasco, it offers video lesson on the Geithner Plan and the Paulson Bailout. It even has review questions from CAHSEE/SAT/AP/GMAT prep tests.

You have the option of setting up an account with Khan Academy. It’s a good idea. When you take practice tests preparing for one of those national tests I mentioned above, it tracks your progress and provides statistics on how you’re doing. It even provides badges to proudly display what you’ve passed. Many schools set-up on-campus access to Khan Academy as part of support functions for the classes they teach. I’m considering doing this in my school.

One final note, the ISTE tech conference I attended back in June of over 15,000 educators chronically listed Khan Academy as among the most-important websites for video tutorials on the web. Attendees and presenters constantly raved about Khan Academy as a self-help site far beyond any other available, on a par with MIT‘s offering of free videos of their course offerings. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.


 

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  1. Peter ProkesNo Gravatar

    August 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    The best thing about books is that you use your imaginations and not someone else’s.
    50 people can read the same book and come up with 50 different scenarios.
    You just have to love books and the amazingly talented writers.
    Jan Peter Prokes

     
    • Jacqui MurrayNo Gravatar

      August 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

      You are so right, Peter, and that’s as it should be. How would we solve problems if everyone thought alike?

       
 
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