The Real YouTube Revolution: A New Way to Teach Everything
Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
in conversation with Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, WIRED
Salman Khan is the founder and one-man faculty of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world. A hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job. The Khan Academy website now provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to over 2,200 instructional videos on its YouTube channel, targeting the K-12 grade levels. It's the most-used library of educational videos on the web, with over a million unique students per month and over 45 million lessons delivered. In 2009, the academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for Education. The following year, it was selected from among 150,000 submissions as one of five "world-changing" ideas in Google's Project 10^100.
Clive Thompson writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine on the everyday impact of new technologies. He is also a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Thompson was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. His work has been widely anthologized, and he has received two Mirror Awards for his coverage of digital media. His new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, will be published by Penguin in September.
Salman Khan describes how Khan Academy, his popular YouTube-based virtual lecture series, has "flipped" the traditional homework model for some classrooms. "The lecture now happens at home, and homework happens in the classroom," says Khan. "Now you've turned the classroom into this interactive experience."