January 19, 2011
I was looking online for some ideas to teach Algebra. I stumbled on these great videos all done by a man named Salman Kahn. In each video, he picks one concept and then walks the viewer through it step-by-step.
It turns out that Salman Kahn had a younger cousin who needed a bit of long distance math tutoring. From that small start, he has created the Khan Academy with thousands of YouTube videos explaining math concepts plus a myriad of other topics in short 10 – 20 minute chunks.
Read the inspirational story of Salman Kahn (under the FAQ tab), the man behind all the educational videos. His ambition is to provide a world-class university level education to the world for free. Khan Academy provides lectures similar to online universities from some of the best colleges out there. His work is really a great contribution of knowledge to everyone in the world.
On his home page, he has over 70 video explaining the Algebra I concepts in an organized list. Directly below it are another 180 videos working Algebra I problems with step-by-step explanations.
It’s an entire video Algebra I curriculum, entirely free! If you explore the tabs and rest of the page, you’ll find videos on tons of other topics as well.
After my son finishes his Math 7 curriculum in the next month or so, he’s planning on working his way through the Algebra I videos. We’ll post an update about how it goes.
Has anyone else used the Kahn Academy videos? How did they work for you and which ones did you like the best?