Time and time again I have heard the following “our kids have too much homework” and then the answer “I know but I cant think of a better way”
Well…enter Kahn Academy.
They offer free short lectures covering what seems all topics in math. Starting from basic 1 + 1 maths to probability and statistics etc.
“So you asking so what…There are lots of online lectures…”
The huge difference is no the fact that they have over 2000 lectures. Its not the engaging lecturer and lectures. They want to revolutionize educating kids and their approach is to flip the class room experience.
That is at the moment we teach kids the theory in class and the he/she need to do the exercises at home. If there is an issue they have to wait until the next lesson to ask the question, if they even ask at all. Kahn Academy proposes to do the lectures at home…via their lectures and do the homework in class. This is ingenious. This give the student time to absorb the theory at their own pace at home and the teacher more time for one on one help in class.
Another amazing aspect is the tracking. At the moment each year is effectively in a silo. Each year a new silo begins for a given student. There is no contnuity of their progress with effective tracking. If they change school, go up a class from class c to b etc. Now with this the tracking will follow the student and you can see exactly his progress, where he has a hole in his knowledge. I can go on and on.
Watch this TED talk to get more details.
I hope those that read this will take the idea to their school of their children and try and get a trial setup. I truly believe this is a better model for school. What do you think?