The virtual tutor, Sal Kahn is educating the world

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Filed Under My Daily Dose

Salman (Sal) Khan is a former hedge-fund analyst who posts short video lessons (over 2400) for his free Web site, Khanacademy.org – where they help kids in dozens of countries understand everything from Hubbell’s Law to the French Revolution.

Khan, scrawls on a chalkboard screen. He started tutoring a young cousin remotely in 2004 after learning that she was struggling with math. Soon other relatives were asking him for help. When he posted a series of lessons on YouTube they went viral and donors like Bill Gates offered to help him expand his efforts (by the way Bill Gates said his own kids watch the video).

His videos have been viewed more than 64 million times.

His goal is to provide the extra help or challenge kids may not be getting in public schools and second reach those kids who do not have access to even “lacklustre” schools.

With $2 million from Google Khan’s team is translating his videos into languages like Mandarin, Hindi, and Spanish.

He says, “The kids who cures cancer might be some kid in the slums of Calcutta!”

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