Khan Academy

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The future of education is collaborative and interactive.

We heard about the Khan Academy from a young learner who had used videos on You Tube to teach himself computer programming.  We used them too and found them to be a fabulous learning tool.  It was possible to watch a series of carefully structured educational videos over and over again at a time to suit us.  We could learn anywhere and at any time with the interactive exercises shown to us by Sal Khan.   It was great to press pause and replay when we didn’t “get it” – and avoid embarrassment.

Wishing to learn more, we listened to Sal when he was invited to lecture at the London School of Economics.  There he told the story of how his journey into teaching started.  He wanted to help educate some of his family members so began by posting videos he had made on to YouTube.  Through this, over a really short period of time, the Khan Academy grew its ‘fan base’ and developed into a non-profit educational organisation linked to the Microsoft Corporation.

The Khan Academy provides a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.  Sal Khan calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — to give students video lectures which they watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.  If you want your learners to use video to help their learning, why not try with an app called educreator – it’s really easy to use.

Here is an interview with Sal Khan.


The more we use our brain, the more it grows and we learn.  This means that we should look at intelligence as not being fixed.   There is a huge body of research about teaching learners to have a positive mindset. When we ask learners to attempt difficult tasks, where they make mistakes and even fail, this promotes neural connections and deep learning happens.  Such learning can be promoted when a teacher allows learners to encounter and engage in talk with the teacher and each other.  If we focus on successful intelligence this allows learners to grow.  The teacher can plan and steer the talk with specific goals in mind being responsive to the affective conditions (where learners’ feelings are considered) within the classroom. Reflection and self-awareness promote deep learning.

Deep learning, can be fostered by a positive mindset where capability and intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and failure.  Avoid praising intelligence.  Instead, praise effort.  Focus on rewards for learners who have struggled, shown tenacity and determination.

The founder of the Khan Academy, Sal Khan believes that everyone can learn anything.  Take a few minutes to watch a video that celebrates the struggle of learning and perhaps share it with your learners.

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