Friday, December 12, 2008

The Khan Academy and other mathy youtubers

Yesterday the Associated Press published an article about students using youtube videos to help study up on classes on their own time. In particular, they mention a series of videos uploaded by Salman Khan, who has (at my latest check) well over 600 videos on youtube, many of which are math lessons.

The videos seem very friendly, and are easy to watch. I noticed that he uses a different method of recording his lessons - instead of a video of a chalkboard or a whiteboard, he simply uses a video capture of a paint-like program, with a voiceover to explain what he's writing. The result is pretty clear text (on youtube), although it is always harder to write neatly with a mouse than directly by hand.

I'm very happy to see that this idea already has some momentum, and that others are happy to contribute their lessons without any obvious reward (besides good karma and feeling good about what you're doing, of course :). I hope I can integrate work like this into the initial offerings of mathskool.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kevin said...

He might be using an artist tablet. I imagine a tablet with a pen would be much better than a mouse.

December 13, 2008 4:58 AM  
Blogger Tyler said...

Good point - I just picked up a tablet yesterday. I plan to try this out in some future videos!

December 13, 2008 5:44 PM  

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