Sal Khan is No.7 of the most creative people in business 2011

Sal Khan | Most Creative People 2011 | Fast Company


The kids in Ms. Cadwell’s seventh-grade remedial math class at Egan Jr. High in Los Altos, California, are doing things differently this year. They solve problems at their own pace, using a computer program that gives them instant feedback, charts their progress, and rewards them when they get 10 correct answers in a row. Instead of listening to the teacher lecture about dividing fractions, they learn from short videos that they can pause and rewind. They progress very quickly — more than doubling their scores on an exit exam in just the first 12 weeks of this pilot project. Students earn badges for solving problems rapidly and accurately, and for working hard to master a concept. It’s “like a game,” says John Martinez, 13. “It’s kind of an addiction — you want a ton of badges.”

The man behind this remarkable venture is an unabashedly geeky former hedge-fund analyst and star high-school mathlete named Sal Khan. The mission of his not-for-profit Khan Academy is “to deliver a world-class education to anyone anywhere.”

Being in the top 10 is cool enough, though I would have loved to see him in the top 3! Congratulations! His Academy rocks and is a living example how simple, but engaging e-learning could be ….


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websensei on May 30th 2011 in Innovation, Leadership

How can we make complicated things awesomely simple – an intro to Presentation Zen

In preparation to our own presentations I want to share some insights from the author of Presentation Zen “Garr Reynolds”, a look behind the scene, his talk at Google

and an overview given by him, basically to sell his book on Youtube 😉

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websensei on May 10th 2011 in Digital Products and Markets, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Public Relations

Welcome to the experiment learning lab

think outside the box

Welcome. This blog is an experiment. During my teachings (10 different subjects, 5 different curricula, 3 different universities, and sometimes 4 different teachers in a team) I have learned so far:

  • playful collaboration really leverages learning and results
  • the disciplines or subjects I am asked to teach are less fragmented than I, my team colleagues, and my students have assumed (in the beginning)
  • we truly have to prepare students for jobs and technologies that do not exist yet … in order to solve problems we do not even know are problems yet
  • thinking outside the box is only possible if you are aware of the outside the box, getting rid of the damn thing
  • and where the heck did I leave my notes with all these loose ties and nodes which I want to grab on … now …

Thus the purpose of this blog is the beginning of an experiment called the learning lab, which should give us the possibility to have a sneak around the edges of our boxes – our thinking – while we are exploring the different topics from different points of view, together.

This lab is an invitation to my students and my team mates to collect, share and comment on each others mind snippets.

And if you are not sure what I am talking about by expressing the wish to get rid of the box, well, let´s have a look at the box

“A Vision of Students Today” (BTW a masterpiece of students collaboration within the Kansas State University working group led by Dr. Michael Wesch, an inspiring colleague I had the pleasure to meet ones in my lifetime – before he received celebrity status, which he truly earns).

But we need not only rethink education …

… we need to redo education, so I hope you will follow my invitation, let´s start 🙂

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websensei on January 22nd 2011 in Editorial