Time to Start Using the Online Video?

Is it time to use Khan academy in your classroom?

For those of you unfamiliar with this non-profit organization, here is a recent talk that Salman Khan gave at TED.

The organization has over 3000 videos on a broad range of subjects – everything from calculus to biology. The non-profit is largely backed by the Bill Gates foundation.

In this day and age, every student is used to using Youtube for entertainment but also for learning. When students want to learn a video game trick or how to shoot a hockey puck they first reach for Youtube tutorials. However, when it comes to learning substantive material like math, the thinking was that the classroom is more effective.

Maybe it’s time to start testing online video instruction and other online teaching tools to see whether your students are learning more effectively at their own pace in a non-classroom setting.