Sal Khan: Extraordinary Explainer

 

A conversation with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy

by Lisa Van Dusen / Palo Alto Weekly

Sal Khan is revolutionizing education, one 10 minute YouTube video at a time. He has produced more than 2,700 segments covering everything from first grade addition to venture capital.

Khan, a former hedge fund analyst, has recently won financial support from the Gates Foundation, Google and other backers to maintain the Mountain View-based Khan Academy as an independent, commercial-free non-profit serving more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 200,000 to 300,000 views per day -- a 10-fold growth spurt this year thus far.

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Khan is currently collaborating with Bay Area school districts, including Los Altos, San Jose and Oakland, to explore how his videos can be used to enhance education and leverage limited resources, as well exploring ways to work with students worldwide.

Host/interview, Lisa Van Dusen

Video, Rachel Hatch