Khan Academy: The future of education?

Discuss before you watch

·         Have you heard of the “Khan Academy”? What do you expect to learn about it?

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1.      A 10-minute                                             a. tag
2.      A math/ computer                                     b. degree from Harvard
3.      A revolutionary                                         c. classrooms
4.      Competitive                                              d. organization
5.      A big                                                        e. help from the teacher
6.      A price                                                     f. wiz
7.      An economics                                          g. approach to education
8.      One-on-one                                             h. salaries
9.      A handful of                                             i. deal
10.  for profit/ non-profit                                  j. video/ tutorial


1.      To gather                                            a. yourself full time to Khan Academy
2.      To tutor/ reach                                    b. a big boost
3.      To go                                                  c. global/ public
4.      To amass                                            d. millions of students world-wide/remotely
5.      To tackle/ break down/ struggle with  e. massive amounts of data
6.      To focus                                             f. somebody’s progress overtime
7.      To wind up                                         g. a library of math lectures/ a fortune
8.      To devote                                           h. posting lessons on YouTube
9.      To pilot/ fine tune                                i. a complicated subject
10.  To give your math                               j. to problem solving activities
11.  Monitor/ track                                      k. new software
12.  To address                                          l. students’ needs
13.  To move on                                         m. on the math

Watch and make connections

Watch again and answer the following questions trying to use some of the new vocabulary

1.      Who’s Sal Khan?
2.      Who backs him?
3.      What’s the Khan Academy and what’s its mission?
4.      Who’s one of his most famous pupils? How/ When did he meet him?
5.      What qualifications does Sal Khan have?
6.      Where does he work from?
7.      What are his video lessons like?
8.      How many lessons has he amassed so far?
9.      What’s his uncanny ability all about?
10.  How much reading does he do ahead of time?
11.  How long would it take to cover all the lectures he’s done?
12.  Why is it that he’d rather not put himself in the video?
13.  Why does his method appeal to so many people?
14.  How did Sal Khan get started?
15.  Where does Sal Khan get funding for The Khan Academy?
16.  How’s the "flipping the classroom" approach working in Los Altos school district and in Eastside Prep?
17.  What´s the role of the teacher in the Khan Academy?
18.  How does Cadwell feel about implementing the Khan Academy? Why?
19.  What do the skeptics argue?
20.  Where’s the Khan Academy math program being piloted? What are the test revealing?
21.  How many visits does the Khan Academy get worldwide?
22.  What’s  Eric Schmidt’s take on Sal Khan?
23.  What’s does Sal Khan expect for the future? What does he assure he won’t do?

Take a look at the following presentation on how to go about Flipping the Classroom. 

Flipped classroom from mrsfitzsocialstudies

Discuss after you watch

1.       In your opinion, is the Khan Academy revolutionary in its approach to education?
2.       Could it be an adequate replacement for a classroom?
3.       What are its assets as compared with traditional classroom interaction? What about its liabilities?
4.        Would you say these videos harken back to the idea that teaching is simply telling?
5.       Do you think the Khan Academy might be a vehicle for bridging educational divides by helping ALL students reach mastery of core skills and concepts?  
6.       How useful might these video lessons be for complex subjects?
7.       Would you use the Khan approach with your kids? Why? Why not?

Video Transcript


An Old Flame

Discuss before you watch

  • What do you understand by Web Therapy?
  • What’s an old flame?
  • Talk about an old flame of yours. How did you meet him/ her? What kind of relationship did you have? What went wrong? 
  • Why do you think this episode may be called that way?

You're going to watch the first in a set of 3 short episodes of an improvised series starring Lisa Kudrow.

A.  Watch the episode once and answer the following questions:
LINK:  http://www.lstudio.com/web-therapy/an-old-flame-1-of-3.html

1. What do we get to know about the therapist? (name, marital status, personality, kind of treatment she advocates, etc.)
2. What do we get to know about the patient? (name, job, personality, etc)

B.  How much do you remember? Say if the following statements are T or F (account for it). Then watch the episode again and check your answers.

1.   Richard and Fiona already know each other.
2.   Fiona has never tried the traditional 50-minute session.
3.   Fiona takes for granted Richard is in love with her.
4.   Fiona denies flirting with Richard in the past.
5.   Fiona has never met Gina at Lachman Brothers.
6.   Richard made the appointment to get back in touch with Fiona.
7.   Fiona is surprised Richard has a girlfriend.
8.   The session finishes punctually.

D.  Who says the following? When?  What do the words/ expressions underlined mean?

- It’s been a very long time!
- His opinion never counted, as far as I’m concerned.
- They end up going on and on about dreams and feelings and memories ….
- The bulk of the help is really done in 3 minutes.
- I don’t wanna do it  for a whole hour.
- You’ve gained weight or you’ve lost weight.
- You just misunderstood the nature of our relationship.
- You made it pretty clear … that you wanted me to kiss you.
- For the sake of privacy. 
- Sometimes I misread people.
- Beckoned you?
- I thought that was kind of harsh.
- And she’s distant and moody.
- It’s been well over 3 minutes.
- We can see each other again next week and we can pick up where we left off.