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GS Chandy

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The Khan Academy in Scientific American
Posted: Aug 14, 2013 9:13 PM
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An interesting article and interview appearing in the current Scientific American:

Article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=salman-khan-how-blend-virtual-with-physical

Interview: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=khan-the-youtube-tutor&WT.mc_id=SA_printmag_2013-08

In the interview, I was particularly interested by:
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>Q: Who is this approach better for - those 16-year-old Google interns or kids who are struggling?

>A: I would have assumed, going into this, that it would have been the kids who are classically self motivated. But we are seeing that it's great kids who are demotivated or checked out, or who have a lot of basic, fundamental weaknesses that, in a traditional class, they're embarrassed by. There's no way for them to address it. It's hard for the teacher to even diagnose those weaknesses - and now, this is kind of a very powerful remediation tool for those students to do it in a very safe way.
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If Salman Khan through his Khan Academy (KA) is actually delivering on the promises made (explicitly and implicitly), then he is doing a very valuable job indeed. (I have not yet been able to check out the KA coursework yet - this will take me a while).

GSC


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