by Lance T. Izumi, Elliott Parisi
Pacific Research Institute
February 01, 2013
The Khan Academy combines straightforward instructional videos and interactive software programs to provide both fundamental learning and also higher order education. Khan believes, “that when it comes to education, technology is not to be feared, but embraced; used wisely and sensitively, computer-based lessons actually allow teachers to become a workshop for mutual helping rather than passive sitting.” With his videos and his basic software, Khan proposed using both within the structure of a so-called “flipped classroom.” The general idea of the flipped classroom is for students to view lecture-like instructional videos on subject matter at home or at some other non-classroom venue, which then allows class time in schools to be used for students working on problems, teachers working with students one-on-one or in small groups, and students working with each other on problems and projects.