Salman Khan: Video in Education

The Future of Education
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I think that this is a very important TED Talk. I am not sure about the logistics of having pupils spend an indeterminate amount of time at home looking at videos that keep records of their progress that teachers can individually follow up.

I do think that this talk makes us yet again think about the future of education now that we have the technology to transform the way that we have been doing things for so so long.

Video can play a really important part in education and the ability of children to have the chance to stop something, look at it , try it, rethink it and ultimately to “master” it (to use the word that Khan uses). I am just not sure that a body of “knowledge” is the way to go or that we can now define what children need to know given that knowledge is transformed every day and multiplies exponentially.

I do think that technology gives us the ability to collaborate, interact and learn globally and that there are some really good ideas in this talk that will add a lot to the debate on where we take education next. One thing that it does support strongly is the idea that the teacher as a font of all knowledge telling the same thing to a class full of same-age kids has got to go!

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