Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sal Khan to Speak at Third and Final Installment of the ED Sessions at Egyptian Theatre Tonight

Sal Khan will address a sold-out crowd at the Egyptian Theatre tonight to discuss his revolutionary approach to learning.

Mr. Khan is the creator of the Khan Academy, a free online learning resource that has reached millions of students around the globe.

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization that offers more than 3,000 online instructional videos on a range of subjects with a special emphasis on mathematics and science. The videos, which are rarely more than 10 minutes long, allow students to learn in small steps and at their own pace. Students stay engaged, and Khan Academy even incorporates game-like elements like badges to reward students for reaching milestones.

Khan Academy also offers a huge catalog of practice problems, with accompanying step-by-step breakdowns of each problem, and a comprehensive data-tracking system so students and teachers can see how students are doing. Teachers across the United States have integrated Khan Academy into their classrooms to create a blended learning environment and raise academic achievement.

Sal Khan is also an advocate of the flipped classroom, where students view video lectures at home, and then work through problems in class with the help of their teacher. This maximizes the efforts of the teacher and gives students the help they need when working through problems.

Mr. Khan has been featured on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. In 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages. In October 2010, Khan was tied for #34 in FORTUNE’s annual “40 Under 40,” a list recognizing business’s hottest rising stars and recently listed at number 7 on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In March 2011, Khan was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates, who claims to use the Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children.

Tickets for tonight’s event were free and are currently sold out, but ticket holders who are not in their seats by 6:40 pm will have their tickets released and priority for those seats will go to the first people waiting in line.

The sessions will also be streaming live on www.KTVB.com at 7pm tonight, and they will be broadcast on partner TV stations statewide May 5th-13th. See Airdates/Times.

Watch the 60 Minutes Segment on Khan Academy: http://www.studentscomefirst.org/digitalLearning.htm

Learn more about the EdSessions: http://www.theedsessions.org/#home

Visit the Khan Academy Website: http://www.khanacademy.org/

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