How’s this for a conundrum? A computer might actually accelerate a student’s learning processes because it can be slowed down. When people realized a computer can be rewound, replayed, and reinvented, according to what the student needed, they realized the format of education would be turned upside down.
Does an educational system really even need a teacher anymore?
***Note: I am immensely grateful to the teachers and professors I have had, for even the ones who drove me nuts were, in all honesty, good at giving me a new perspective—thus teaching me even when I didn’t want to be taught.***
But anyway, as students continue to lose attention span and focus, how do teachers compete for attention?
Salman Khan (no, not the Bollywood actor) says, don’t.
He says, get a first-rate education for free: visit www.khanacademy.org instead.
His philosophy, coupling new media with education, has created a new type of education. Instead of threatening education with his innovations, he has created short, easily-digestible videos to educate just about anyone on almost any one subject.
But his videos do not a typical YouTube format; they span several topics, and the Bangladeshi-American never appears on screen, unlike the Jenna Marbles
of the world, who parade around like selfconscious peacocks.
The most interesting part, to an international setting, however, is the breadth of the videos available. These days, not only are his videos broadcast in English, but they are getting translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Urdu, and has received world-wide attention.
And now…others have been inspired to replace education.
(also, my wonderful cousin works for Sal, and says the founder is just as cool as he seems.)