Why Khan Academy Might Not Rock!

An interesting perspective from blogger Dan Meyer on the 60 Minutes story on the “joys” of Khan Academy.

To quote:

60 Minutes reported the quantity of videos Khan has produced and the time and effort it took to make them. It didn’t report the efforts some students take to avoid watching them. Here’s a white paper from Stanford’s d.school:

We were surprised to find that students preferred to teach themselves or each other through the practice problems and hints rather than watching the Khan videos.

My own classroom observations confirm theirs and a Khan Academy employee confirmed both: kids watch videos as a last resort after exhausting other efforts, some of which don’t look much like “learning.”

For Dan’s full post – go to:

Dan Meyer’s blog

I have to agree.  I’m not so enamored either.

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