Tools are Tools…it is the way they are used that has postive or negative effects…

How can the use of instructional videos (whether through “Flip” classrooms or Khan Academy or…) be a tool that has a positive effect on learning?  How can I use them as an educator?

Flip SchoolsKhan AcademyOne-to-One Laptop Programs

These are a few of the “buzz” issues/strategies that seem to be surrounding education today.  As I continue to think about all the options out there for teaching and learning,  I’m reminded of the common notion that a tool is a toolit depends on how it is used if it has a positive or negative effect.  So, how can I use them…?  How do you use instructional videos to enhance learning?

There has been some “email, twitter, blog chatter” about the Khan Academy recently.

If you are interested in finding out more…here are some related links.

What is it…
Here is a link to the web-portal for Khan Academy:

http://www.khanacademy.org/#browse

Who is behind it…
Here is a link to a Ted Talk from the creator/organizer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM95HHI4gLk
Does it promote learning…
Here is a link to a person that is a critic of the Khan Academy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVtCO84MDj8

Again, I wonder…How can the use of instructional videos (whether through “Flip” courses or Khan Academy or…) be a tool that has a positive effect on learning?  How can I use them as an educator? What are you doing?

I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below or contact me via twitter: danmagie

 

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About ibdanmagie

Generalist Educator that believes learning without action is wasteful. Transfer is an educational concept that resonates with me.
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