“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA
Salman “Sal” Khan has unquestionably made a lasting impact in the world of education – his name has come up countless times here at Daily Edventures, as teachers and others point to his video lessons as an example of transformational change in education. Khan, a former hedge fund analyst, created Khan Academy after using video tutorials to help his niece with algebra. That was in 2004, and today Khan Academy has delivered over 200 million lessons in a variety of subject areas from its library of over 3,900 videos. The non-profit has been recognized as a shining example of innovation in education, and a great equalizer, offering any student in the world free access to instruction.
Just last week, Khan brought his unique brand of innovative thinking to the Microsoft campus here in Redmond. He also shared his new book, The One World School House: Education Reimagined, which explains the roots of America’s education crisis, and how opening up class time to allow for truly human interaction could offer the best opportunity to give our children a world-class education. I had the honor of introducing him on stage at a conference for Microsoft employees, as well as at the Global Education Partners Summit.
Khan touched on trends in education technology such as MOOCs and the flipped classroom – concepts we’ve explored here many times. He also reiterated the primary goal of Khan Academy: a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Free, universal and global education may seem like a radical idea, but Khan believes (and I concur) that the right elements to make this a reality are already in place. More evidence that we have entered into a new era of digital learning…
I also had the pleasure of sitting down with Sal Khan for a one-on-one conversation to talk about his book and his views on the future of education:
What do you think about Sal Khan’s vision? Is it realistic? If not, what’s standing in the way? If so, how are you rethinking your use of classroom time? Please weigh in with your opinions @AnthonySalcito.
About Salman Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy
Salman Khan was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to immigrant parents from India and Bangladesh. Before founding the Khan Academy, he was a hedge fund analyst. He’s also worked in venture capital and engineering at Oracle and several Silicon Valley start-ups. Khan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was president of his class, and three degrees from MIT.