Critiques of Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a site with screencasts (video clips) about a wide variety of topics (many math-related). Two of the teachers mentioned in my last post have critiques of the role of screencasting in the classroom. Mr. Ro’s “Do Screencasts Have a Place in the Math Classroom?” makes a case for student-created screencasts. Frank Nochese has a series of posts on Khan Academy. He talks about and references others’ comments about what’s good and bad about Khan Academy. His main objection is “Rather than instructing students with Khan’s videos, we should be inspiring them to figure things out on their own and learn how to create their own knowledge by working together.”

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About Sigurd

Moved to rural Vermont in 1998, recently semi-retired. Intellect-oriented person (I spend a lot of time in my mind, have worked to broaden, regularly, the boundaries of what I pay attention to). One of my current interests is Goethe's approach to understanding the structures of the world (Science) and how it is different from Newton's approach. Goethe tried to stay open to what more the world might tell him of its nature, whereas Newton conceived frameworks that them became a window through which nature is viewed and understood.
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