When the Khan Academy brought mathematics and science into the homes of young students everywhere through the medium of the internet, they organization quickly became extremely popular with those who were looking to take advantage of the benefits associated with online education. In order to attend classes and expand their knowledge of these subjects, students simply required an internet connection and a computer; this allowed just about anyone the chance to take advantage of this opportunity. Now, Salman Khan, the founder of the Khan Academy, along with Sebastian Thrun of Udacity and Joel Klein of NewsCorp, aim to reach even more students by bringing technology into the realm of the public school system.
Discussions at DisruptSF Aim to Change the Way Education is Delivered
These three educational leaders discussed these matters at DisruptSF, and the main themes revolved around the pros of digital instruction, and how it can benefit students within larger public schools where personalized instruction is not readily available. According to Khan, this type of venture “frees the teacher from having to give this one-size fits all lecture” which has become so common in classrooms around the country – especially when the students greatly outnumber the teachers.
Schools Are “Ripe” for Technological Aids and Supplements
According to Khan, there have been attempts to incorporate technology into the school systems, but these have failed in the past. This time, however, things are going to be different since schools are now ripe for this change, as far as Khan is concerned. Amplify, which is an education startup that is being supervised by Klein, was also brought into the limelight by Khan during these discussions. The entire aim of this new initiative is to allow technology to become one of the tools used by instructors within schools around the country. Teachers will have the chance to communicate with students online, and assist them with subjects that they are having difficulty with; these are just a few advantages of the new direction that they are hoping to take with education delivery.
Experts Leading the Way in Educational Innovation
Udacity’s Thrun put forward an idea that has many people talking; the aim is to know industry experts the chance to begin teaching others what they have learned over the years. For instance, successful entrepreneurs will get the chance to put together a class that they can then share with those that are interested in entering into this industry. Basically, this is going to widen the scope of education, and alter the way people think about providing and receiving information on educational platforms.
Technology Supplementing Educational Opportunities
These three pioneers, while advocating the use of technology within schools, do not believe that it should replace traditional instruction altogether; rather, they believe that technology should act as a supplement to traditional educational opportunities, as these will expand the audience that can be reached through these initiatives. As Thrun put it in his closing argument, “I would never use the word replace in public. We need high quality education for the fraction of the cost and to give anyone a chance to learn throughout their lifetime.”