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The Future of Education: Constant Schooling

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Marian Salzman

Worldwide, wherever possible, young people are spending longer in education. When it's effective, they learn more, they become more skilled, they are better able to get jobs and earn a decent living. Even so, just leaving college with a good degree is no longer enough.

Disrupt This

Dan Butin | Posted 01.30.2013 | College
Dan Butin

Sure, students skip class and space out. But my job as a college professor is to figure out how to make you want to come to class and then hold your attention when you're there. It is to make ideas matter and learning come alive.

Math Teacher's Hugely Popular YouTube Videos Won Him Students In Over 100 Countries

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Teacher Rob Tarrou is helping students around the world with math, without leaving St. Petersburg, Fla. Tarrou has been teaching at St. Petersburg...

Giving His Way to Success

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Peter A. Georgescu

In 2004, Khan began making his YouTube videos of basic math instruction as an alternative to sending his cousins the videos directly. His discovery? His cousins preferred videos to the genuine article: they were quite happy to use the videos rather than have him teach them in person.

OpenCourseWare, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Jessie Alvarez | Posted 12.26.2012 | Teen
Jessie Alvarez

In the Internet era, it's great to see people proving access to education online. If the world continues this way, I see a future where everyone can have all facts and information in front of them.

Reflections From Two Years of Khan Academy in the Classroom

Shantanu Sinha | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Shantanu Sinha

What's most important is that students have the support they need to master topics at their own pace, and precious classroom time is used to promote interactive, creative, and engaging shared experiences.

Why Would Some of the Brightest Minds at Facebook and Google Leave to Work For This Not-for-Profit?

Simi Singh Juneja | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Simi Singh Juneja

I recently sat down with the wonderfully gregarious and gentle Shantanu Sinha, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Khan Academy.

Encouraging Creativity

Shantanu Sinha | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Shantanu Sinha

If you ask some programmers what first excited them about computer science, chances are they will describe that sense of joy when they first started creating things.

Teacher-Made Khan Academy Parody Video Inspires Contest

Posted 06.29.2012 | Education

A Mystery Science Theater 3000-inspired parody of a Khan Academy video made by two teachers has prompted a group of education bloggers to launch a com...

Technology May Offer Solutions, but Gaps in Implementation Remain

Tara Chklovski | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Tara Chklovski

Hard, social problems require deep, lifelong commitment from organizations and individuals. Technology presents such a tantalizing solution to these issues, but there seems to be a big implementation gap.

It's Time for Technology to Disrupt Education

Larry Magid | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Thanks to technology, the world can be our teacher and the Internet our classroom. What should matter is not so much your degree or grade point average but how well equipped you are for the next stage in life.

What Do Today's Students Think About the Future of Higher Ed? You Might Be Surprised

Jeff Selingo | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

In the last month, I have talked with students at six institutions that represent nearly every corner of our diverse higher-ed system. My goal was to engage the students in the debates that seem to be swirling around them but so often don't include them.

Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Eric Sheninger

As a tool Khan Academy will benefit educators, students, and parents in a quest for knowledge, practice, and reinforcement. It will not, however, be a game-changing reform agent as the private sector sees it.

Innosight's Michael Horn on How 'Blended Learning' and Technology Can Bridge the Education Gap

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.16.2012 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Author Michael Horn predicts that in the future, the majority of students will be engaged in what he calls "blended learning" where they'll learn online with control over the pace of their learning in schools with teachers providing guidance.

Are We All Deschoolers Now?

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

Ivan Illich's 1971 book, Deschooling Society, is a classic in the canon of "alternative" educational theory, and the source of one of my favorite quips on education.

The Future of Education Reform

Douglas Crets | Posted 06.05.2012 | Small Business
Douglas Crets

A certain generation works on the web, their conversation is actually more than just talk and relationships with politicians. It's proactive, active talk.

All the Math Taught at University Can Be Outsourced. What Now?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

Every mathematical skill, procedure, or technique I learned over six years at university is now essentially obsolete from a US market perspective. If we cannot compete, then we need to play a different game.

Khan Academy: Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

People both for and against Khan Academy tend to portray the issues involved as black or white. But like most things in life, they are many shades of grey.

Khan Academy Launches iPad App

Posted 03.22.2012 | Education

Popular video education hub Khan Academy launched an iPad application featuring more than 2,700 free videos on March 11. The app, which is now ava...

Why Architecture Should Be For Introverts Too

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk (click here for original article) A Playground for Leif by Designliga So far, I’ve cited the merits of the playground – th...

Silicon Valley: Failing the Way to Better Education

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Technology
Dr. Keith Devlin

If there is one thing Silicon Valley knows how to do, it is fail. We do it all the time, and that is the secret of our famed success.

What Silicon Valley Executives Keep Getting Wrong About Education

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Technology
Dr. Keith Devlin

Successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who clearly understand the importance of understanding the market and testing how effective their products are seem to leave those important instincts at the door when they comment on K-12 education.

Motivating Students and the Gamification of Learning

Shantanu Sinha | Posted 04.15.2012 | Education
Shantanu Sinha

You are probably thinking, "What's the minimum I can do to get an 'A' in this class, and what other extra-curricular activities can I add to my resume that colleges will like?" Sure, you may have straight A's, but you have no incentive to push yourself in the subject matter and explore your limits.

Is Online Learning the Future?

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Murray Rosenbaum

I have been formulating this idea -- which may become a later blog post -- that if you make difficult things in life into games, people will gladly do them.

Sal Khan: Celebrity Math Tutor

Matt Weber | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education
Matt Weber

The Harvard EdCast took a few minutes this month to get to know Sal Khan and candidly explore his pedagogy.