If you are interested in personalized learning or are just have a love for technology, you have to pick up The One World Schoolhouse. This is written by Salman Khan (you know, the guy from Khan Academy) and it is as fascinating as it is fun. You will learn about the “power of one” as you follow Khan’s journey to creating his unique website and you will take away a lot of practical information as well. You will start to imagine the possibilities for individualizing instruction for all in Khan’s flipped classrooms. It will be hard to look at a classroom in quite the same way after reading this book.
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder’s online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy’s free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.
Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life’s passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning.