If you have a stake in educating yourself or in the education of someone(s) you love ... If you think the classroom could use more radical, innovative ideas about how to truly leave no child behind ... you need to meet Salman Kahn.
What began as a couple of tutoring videos posted on YouTube for his young cousins in far-away New Orleans lead to an exciting vision of how to empower learners and teachers and how to encourage true mastery (vs partial proficiency) along each step of the academic journey.
The benefits of merging video, technology and education have already had profound impact on the over 2 million users of Kahn's (non-profit) site, kahnacademy.org. Now Kahn's vision is going beyond individual learners and homeschoolers and reaching out towards entire school districts and ultimately the global classroom. His systems are already being tested in California, where the results are challenging traditional notions of who is "gifted" and who is "slow. " It is "differentiated" learning that walks the walk.
Kahn harnesses technology ... things like effective, insightful, detailed computer reporting and engaging video conferencing & power point software are grafted from more typically gadget-saavy habitats like business, marketing and finance ... to provide specific, powerful insights into individual student's' progress (or the lack thereof). A lightbulb moment when you see it in action.
As Bill Gate predicts at the end of this video, Kahn's model may be part of the future of education. In any case, I am sure this won't be the last you hear of him.