Tuesday, April 19, 2011

just asking and wondering ....

Please view this video

From Wikipedia: Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization created in 2006, by Salman Khan. With the stated mission of "providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere", the website supplies a free online collection of over 2,200 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and economics.[1]


Of concern to middle school / high school global learners / 21st C teachers :

Why do we still have and pay for print textbooks? Why not get them "free" such as from the CK-12 organization? My ACHS 9th grade biology textbooks cost almost $100 each, are not replaced by the district and are "gang-grafittied" which makes them unusable but still used within 5 years. This is repeated in the other core areas.

Why not provide all students with net-books to be used instead of textbooks. The cost savings over years would be in the thousands of dollars! And yes, students might access facebook, myspace etc. So what? That is the 21st C student and we need to embrace the shift of paradigms.

Why not use educational sites such as Khan Academy as a primary resource in the classroom?

Why do we continue to teach / educate the same way as always? Why not let the "digital natives" / "our students" show us the way?

just asking .... and wondering ...


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