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What will the future of education look like?

August 30, 2010

Check out Salman Kahn in the youtube video below.

He is a former hedge fund analyst turned non-profit educator who has created thousands of educational lectures for the world to see.

From calculus to complex financial derivatives this is just another example of how the digital world will continue to disrupt institutions that have long stood at the center of our society and culture.

What is the future of education when all the world’s knowledge is free at the click of the button?

note I don’t think this will replace teachers and schools, but we will have to re-think what role education plays in our lives, and how we can improve it.

If you don’t want to watch the video check out his article in Fortune.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. bbattig permalink
    August 31, 2010 9:22 pm

    I like online resources as tool to help refresh what you learn in the class room but not replace.

    • November 3, 2010 10:22 am

      Absolutely bbattig, I think there are so many different ways people can learn and our education system should be trying to figure out new ways to organize in and out of the classroom learning to create the best job training for the 21st century.

      Check out this example of flipping the classroom experience – http://ht.ly/33L0N

  2. September 2, 2010 7:25 pm

    I don’t think the classroom will disappear, nor should it. Online education is a great tool (as this video points out), but there will always be something magical about listening to and observing a great teacher in person.

    • November 3, 2010 10:25 am

      I couldn’t agree more that great teachers are priceless, however I think they are usually 1 out of 10 teachers you come across. Who knows the actual stats, but from my experience they are the exception and not the rule.

      As an extrovert I learn best by interacting with others. Classroom discussions, group projects, etc. Unfortunately in HS I just got in trouble for talking to much because I was rarely engaged with the subject matter or the way in which it was presented.

      • November 4, 2010 11:51 am

        It sounds like I’ve had similar experiences to you in the classroom. I’m sure it’s really difficult to cater to a variety of different learning styles, but that’s not an excuse for teachers.

        The reality is that a motivated learner doesn’t even need to attend school in certain circumstances. They can create their own “school”. Unfortunately, the educational system is often about buying a “brand” to put on your resume and not much more.

        -Greg

  3. September 9, 2010 1:07 pm

    Kahn has more eyeballs than most University sites!! Wow!

    The ability to stop and rewind is huge for any complex lessons. The last issue of Fast Company had a great article about TED vs Harvard (http://www.fastcompany.com/1682513/is-ted-the-new-harvard-reactions-from-around-the-web). So many new ways to get specific information at a rate and place that caters to the individual is HUGE!

    Nice post BC!

    • November 3, 2010 10:33 am

      Hey Ryan, thanks for sharing that Fast Company article. I really think this is an important quote.

      “The success of TED doesn’t mean that traditional elite institutions don’t have a place. But it provides a very constructive kind of competition,”

      This is the same kind of reaction traditional schools should have for resources like the Kahn Academy. We are still training our future leaders of the “digital age” with an industrial age education system.

      In the end I’d say the most important factor in a child’s success lies with the oldest institution, the family.

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