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Maybe this is how Khan got his start…

August 23, 2011

So last week I was moaning about all the hours of editing and re-editing it took to make my computational thinking videos. Recently, Bruce Sherwood, the granddaddy of VPyhton himself also sent me a raft of awesome feedback on my program that I need to incorporate into revision four as well. And just when I go to thinking I why am I putting all this work into these little videos, this tweet came across my screen, from one of my students (we’re playing with using twitter as a way to collaborate outside of class).

So is this the drug that got Sal Khan to make 2200 videos? I think it might be.

Luckily, I’m also participating in a great collaboration with the Georgia Tech Physics Education Research group and we’re going to see just how effective this work is at teaching students to understand computational modeling, and how effective computational modeling is at helping students to understand physics. I’m not specifically testing comprehension of these videos, but now I’m certainly thinking about it…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 10:25 am

    I am 100% sure that Khan was seduced by the idea that he actually did something helpful/useful. I’m reminded of this RSA video on the subject of how to motivate people to perform:

    Some people are driven to make a difference — even if only for one other person – & if given positive feedback… well… it serves as reinforcement to continue… then no doubt a person could make 2200 videos or less videos but more thoroughly tested for effectiveness — either way — if it helps anyone it has been effort worth spending.

    So keep on working to better the world of education & to open up access — people need you to be inspired!


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