Khan Academy — Open Education


One Man Can Make A Difference
Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/khanacademy

Wonderful initiative by a dedicated individual helping others by providing free educational resources. Want to learn or brush up on core subjects like physics, chemistry, math (<– from basic arithmetic to precalc to calculus to advanced). Give this site a visit and also spread the word to other fellow learners.

What is Khan Academy?
“The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

We have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.”

Who is Salman Khan?
He has an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was president of the student body. He also holds a Masters in electrical engineering and computer science, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a BS in mathematics from MIT.

2009 Education Award Laureate
“The Khan Academy and Salman Khan have received a 2009 Tech Award in Education. The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.”

Quotes
“With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can’t imagine a better use of my time.”

“As of today (12/12/2009), yes. All 1176 videos have been made by me”

“Khan Academy is a IRS-recognized 501c3 not-for-profit organization. My goal is to make it self-sustaining in the next five years.”

“When I’m 80, I want to feel that I helped give access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world. Sounds a lot better than starting a business that educates some subset of the developed world that can pay $19.95/month and eventually selling it to some text book company or something. I already have a beautiful wife, a hilarious son, two hondas and a decent house. What else does a man need?”

“I (Sal) can’t imagine a better use of my (or anyone’s) time.
With just a computer and a pen-tablet-mouse, one can educate the world! ”

Choosing non-profit model and investing time to help people all over the world.

Also, give the FAQ a read on more details about the project, how it evolved and how you can help.

Open Culture
also covered this here

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