Btw, any response from Khan Academy?
What can we learn reviewing Khan Academy?
It's been a little over a month since we created the "Breaking Language Barriers" (BLB) Study Group. I have searched the net many times looking for a way to implement BLB as an easy, productive way to teach foreign languages to those who have a desire to learn a language other than their own. Sales of language software from language centers such as Rosetta Stone is proof positive that there is indeed a market for such learning. The problem with such software is that the poor and many in the middle class cannot afford the high cost without great financial sacrifice. That's why P2PU can become the flagship language teacher that will be available to everyone regardless of their personal income level. Remember, all materials for the course must be 100% free and or open source.
Enter Khan Academy: I've known about Khan Academy for about two years and frequently send my children to the Khan Academy website to study Algebra II and other free courses that are offered there. If you have not seen Khan Academy, it's a site that offers well over 200 free courses, which are taught using video. The success rate is phenomenal! I encourage the BLB organizers to review some of the classes offered at Khan Academy because I believe we could get a good idea of how to finally implement our BLB courses.
A Word from Khan Academy...
"With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace."
The concept is brillant and the number of videos watched is well over 60 million. To me, this is proof positive that we too can use the same method here at P2PU to Break Language Barriers world-wide. And don't forget, P2PU recently added IRC Chat to aide us in instruction to students wanting to learn.
Over the next few days I will get a short video (2 minutes max) up on P2PU as a test run. Once it is up, I would appreciate it if you watch the video and offer constructive criticism.
In the meantime, I am curious to hear your thoughts on Khan Academy. By the way, I have emailed Sal (created Khan Academy) and awaiting his response.