“Conclusions” about efficacy of Khan Academy
- This is why Research is capitalized in Action Research
- dont confuse activity with results.
- understand the importance of experimental design and critical thinking about conclusions that may be fairly drawn from data
My PhD advisor, Elliot Soloway, has a blog on learning with mobile technologies. His most recent post is a dialogue about the excitement over Khan Academy. It’s a fun-to-read and biting critique (more of the Wired article than Khan Academy itself).
Elliot: The Khan Academy clearly demonstrates that all one has to do is put out a bunch of engaging videos and bingo kids will watch them and learn. See, teaching is a snap; I told you so.
Elliot: Yes and the free & reduced lunch rate in each of these schools is 4%. On the webpage with that info, if you hit the button “show homes in the area around the school” you will see homes that range in price from $900,000 to $4,000,000.
Cathie: Santa Rita Elementary is a “California Distinguished School” and has been designated as a “National Blue Ribbon School.” These schools are not your typical schools; these schools are not the troubled schools that one reads about.
Elliot: Using these already successful schools – and communities with parents who care deeply about education for their children to illustrate the value of the Khan Academy is a huge mistake. But apparently, Clive Thompson, the article’s author and the editorial staff of Wired Magazine can’t see the mistake.
- Electronic education: Flipping the classroom (economist.com)
- How Khan Academy Is Changing The Rules Of Education (huffingtonpost.com)
- More on Khan Academy (edu261.wordpress.com)
- Khan’s Academy: Using the power of internet to educate (techmediapolitics.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy: Basic Addition (dlconline.wordpress.com)
- How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy (news.slashdot.org)
- TED Talk on Khan Academy (andersonissues.com)
- Khan Academy – “for students of all ages” (hannabarket.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy (earhart.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy: Spreading Education In the Open Source Way (flossstuff.wordpress.com)