Subscribing to a Global Classroom

by on May 2, 2012 in Must Sees with No Comments »

I used to feel like I wore an imaginary cone-shaped hat with the words DUNCE scribbled in bright red marker in my mathematics classes. The world of numbers and equations was always troublesome for me. My earliest memory of mathematics involves me crying over my workbook in grade school as I struggled with long division. I still have nightmares about that experience. Read more about Math Phobia here.

Later as an undergraduate, I had to rely on TA’s for help with the material, and that was if I could make it to their office hours. Fortunately for students today, there are a variety of other resources to help quell your math woes. YouTube, which got its start in 2005, is a video-sharing website that has grown exponentially (no pun intended) in the last five years. In its infancy the site’s content was mostly geared toward mindless entertainment, but in recent years, people have begun to use YouTube to help enrich lives at little to no cost to its followers.

One organization, The Khan Academy, has used YouTube to do just that. The Khan Academy, which has its own channel on YouTube, prides itself in being “an organization on a mission … with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” The Khan Academy’s YouTube channel contains thousands of tutorials in the sciences and mathematics that range in topics from basic fractions to organic chemistry. While there are several other organizations attempting to do the same, The Khan Academy’s popularity is a result of stellar reviews from actual subscribers who swear by the organization’s highly effective strategies.

I highly recommend their channel to all students who are self-directed learners and active participants in their education. I’m currently a subscriber to their channel, and I love that I can sit in the comfort of my home, no dunce cap required, and brush up on my calculus!

Click to visit The Khan Academy YouTube channel


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