I don’t normally blog about every interesting thing that i come across on the net. I prefer to instead ‘thumb it up’ using StumbleUpon and add a review if there is something really neat or i have an opinion to express (which is rather rare — I think things just are — but that’ll be another post).
However, i just came across The Khan Academy and was blown over by the tremendous amount of work that has gone into making this possible. Here is what the site is about:
We have 800+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan. He has also developed a free, adaptive math program available here.
Firstly, it’s not the Salman Khan you are thinking about, sorry to disappoint :).
Secondly, they are not kidding about the everything part. I just learnt how many avocados i’ll have in the end if i had 1 avacado and you gave me another avacado. Now, that’s another thing, the accent and approach might be a bit American but i don’t think that should matter if you are just looking to brush up your basic education or are recommending this to kids who can watch the latest hollywood action/cartoon movie and understand it.
Most of my friends now have kids in the pre-school or primary school age range and I guess those of you who do, would find this site interesting.
If you do, spread the word around and also consider donating (they take paypal — if you don’t have a paypal account, let me know, i can donate on your behalf and you can reimburse me in beers 🙂 )