Saturday, July 23, 2011

Public Edu and The Internet

Below is a link about using the internet to facilitate all learners in school. It turns education on its head. Instead of doing homework at home and listening to the lecture at school, the kids watch the videos on the internet at home and the teacher at school helps them with their homework.


For years, teachers like Thordarson have complained about the frustrations of teaching to the “middle” of the class. They stand at the whiteboard, trying to get 25 or more students to learn the same stuff at the same pace. And, of course, it never really works: Advanced kids get bored and tune out, lagging ones get lost and tune out, and pretty soon half the class isn’t paying attention.

The result is that Thordarson’s students move at their own pace. Those who are struggling get surgically targeted guidance, while advanced kids like Carpenter rocket far ahead; once they’re answering questions without making mistakes, Khan’s site automatically recommends new topics to move on to. Over half the class is now tackling subjects like algebra and geometric formulas. And even the less precocious kids are improving: Only 3 percent of her students were classified as average or lower in end-of-year tests, down from 13 percent at midyear.

Click here for the whole article

Here's a link to Khan's Academy

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