Khan Academy

21 03 2010

It is amazing what one motivated man (or woman) can accomplish by leveraging the power of the internet! This guy quit his job and started full-time on a free online school working from his own home. I started watching some of his videos on Binomial Distribution and, mashAllah, Allah has also blessed him with the ability to explain complex topics in a way that one can easily understand. There are over 100,000 students that use the site every month from around the world. Letters from Khan’s students thank him for literally changing their lives. He says he wants to cover every topic so inshAllah that includes Islam in the near future 🙂

I talked about the Khan Academy in class today to give them a resource to use if they ever needed it for their classes as well as to inspire them with a positive (Muslim) role model. I found it interesting that when I mentioned the name Salman Khan, many of the 5th grade girls suddenly straightened up, alert in their chairs. I quickly followed it by clarifying that he was not to be confused with the Bollywood actor, at which point the girls slouched back down apparently somewhat disappointed.



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