Education Speaker Sal Khan Inspires Teachers To "Flip Their Classrooms"
Several teachers in Wyoming have incorporated the videos to various degrees in their courses. One instructor says that the tech-savvy students in his class are particularly keen on the use of digital media to enhance their learning. Wyoming Area Secondary Center math teacher Mike Romanowski says that he doesn't think that the videos will replace a good teacher—but they are certainly a valuable tool. He also adds that he's excited to see where the use of video and digital technology in learning will take the education system. "The possibilities are endless," he says. 47 schools in Idaho are also incorporating Khan Academy materials into their courses. This will give over 10,000 students from K-12 the opportunity to benefit from this new way of learning.
Khan recently took a trip to several of these schools and spoke to 200 educators about how to incorporate his material and utilize this "blended learning" style. "In our latest visits to Idaho, we already started to hear success stories," Khan said. "Teachers told us about students who were able to race ahead while other students took time to finally fill in unique 'Swiss cheese holes' or gaps in knowledge from previous years. But we’re also excited about the stories we haven’t heard yet — especially stories from rural and frontier regions where we haven’t been able to visit. There’s a tremendous amount of possibility in these regions where resources have historically been strained."