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May we know the name of Salman Khan as he deserves?

If we hear the name of Salman Khan (Bengali:সালমান খান), A smart-looking, muscle man comes to our mind. No doubt, he is the star hero of Bollywood world with his own merit.

But have we ever gone through the details of a Bangladesh origin genius who leads the world with his innovative idea? Probably in most of the cases, the answer is No. Here is an effort to introduce the man to the people who are still unlucky to know more about him. As like others article of this site, we widely acknowledge and gratitude to the information sources available in net on various websites.

*** Google announces the Khan Academy as the first winner as the following-
“Project 10100 Winners
we are pleased to announce the winners of Google’s Project 10100.
Thousands of people from more than 170 countries submitted over 150,000 ideas. From that group, we narrowed it to the final 16 ideas for public vote.

The following five ideas received the most votes and are the winners of Project 10100. Over the past 12 months, we have reviewed concrete proposals to tackle these ideas. We are pleased to give a total of $10 million to five inspiring organizations working on solutions to each of these global challenges:
 Idea: Enhance science and engineering education
Project funded: FIRST is a non-profit organization that promotes science and math education around the world through team competition. Its mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by giving them real world experience working with professional engineers and scientists. We are providing $3 million to develop and jump start new student-driven robotics team fundraising programs that will empower more student teams to participate in FIRST.”

*** Microsoft announces the Khan Academy (Bengali:খান একাডেমি) as the first winner as the following (Tuesday September 1, 2009 )-
“The Tech Awards Laureates 2009:
The Tech Museum today revealed The Tech Awards Laureates 2009, 15 innovators from around the world who have committed their groundbreaking work to solving humanity’s most pressing challenges.
The Tech Awards Laureates 2009 represent regions as diverse as Nigeria, Brazil, Great Britain, the United States and Bangladesh. And their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide. This year’s Laureates were selected from 650 nominations representing 66 countries…

The Khan Academy (International): High school students around the world need informal, clear explanations that can be reviewed at a leisurely pace to supplement their formal learning. The Khan Academy created hundreds of free educational videos in math, statistics, physics, and finance using drawing software. The “blackboard” style videos are accessible via the internet and hosted on YouTube….

The Khan Academy is a remarkable, one-person effort to educate the World.
Salman Khan has produced over 900 videos on YouTube-with 6 million views-covering everything from basic arithmetic to calculus, chemistry, and physics. Continuing to produce several hundred videos a year, Salman intends to provide instruction in all subjects to anyone, anywhere.

Millions of students around the world lack access to high quality instruction, especially in the sciences and math. The Khan Academy provides it for free in a way that can be accessed on-demand at a student’s own pace.

The videos are directly teaching tens of thousands of students on every continent on a daily basis. Other non-profit groups have even begun distributing off-line versions of the library to rural and underserved areas in Asia, Latin America, and Africa…

Short Biography from renowned wikipedia:
The founder of the organization, Salman Khan, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After earning three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (a BS in mathematics, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science) he pursued an MBA from Harvard Business School. In late 2004, Khan began tutoring his cousin Nadia in mathematics using Yahoo!‘s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought similar help, he decided it would be more practical to distribute the tutorials on YouTube. Their popularity there and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his job in finance as a hedge fund analyst at Wohl Capital Management in 2009 and focus on the tutorials (then released under the moniker “Khan Academy”) full-time. Bill Gates once said that “I’d say we’ve moved about 160 IQ points from the hedge fund category to the teaching-many-people-in-a-leveraged-way category. It was a good day his wife let him quit his job.”

The project relies on donations for funding. Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizationnow with significant backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google. Several people have made $10,000 contributions; Ann and John Doerr gave $100,000; total revenue is about $150,000 in donations, and (in 2010, before ceasing to accept advertising) $2,000 a month from ads on the Web site. As of September 2010, Google announced they would be providing the Khan Academy with $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate their core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages, as part of their Project 10100. Technicalities:
Khan Academy had started out with Yahoo Doodle Images. Between Khan and one of his cousins, evolved to YouTube math tutorial postings for multiple cousins & schedules made with freeware SmoothDraw 2 and a simple Screen Video Recorder app for $20. Each video runs for approximately ten minutes. Drawings are now made with a Wacom graphic Interactive Pen Display tablet hardware and a software category called image editing and natural painting software, specifically freeware SmoothDraw 3, a free software download, which are then simultaneously recorded and produced now using $299 PC screen capture/video recording & editing software from Camtasia Studio and a quality high-speed USB microphone, then uploaded to YouTube, where Khan Academy now has its own YouTube Channel, as well as its own progress tracking website, complete with practice exercise problems, coaches, tools for leveraging & empowering classroom teachers, “Map of Knowledge”, classroom data, class profiles, individual stats via Google or Facebook login & tracking built-in, earned “Badges Worth Bragging About”, and Pilot School demonstration project applications for schools and school districts.

Khan eschewed a format that would involve a person standing by a whiteboard, desiring instead to present the learning concepts as if “popping out of a darkened universe and into one’s mind with a voice out of nowhere” and in a way akin to sitting next to someone and working out a problem on a sheet of paper: “If you’re watching a guy do a problem [while] thinking out loud, I think people find that more valuable and not as daunting.” Offline versions of the videos have been distributed by not-for-profit groups to rural areas in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. While the Khan Academy’s current content is mainly concerned with pre-college mathematics and physics, Khan states that his long-term goal is to provide “tens of thousands of videos in pretty much every subject” and to create “the world’s first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything.”

The Khan Academy also provides a web-based exercise system that generates problems for students based on skill level and performance. Khan believes his academy points an opportunity to overhaul the traditional classroom by using software to create tests, grade assignments, highlight the challenges of certain students, and encourage those doing well to help struggling classmates. The tutorials are touted as helpful because, among other factors, they can be paused by students, while a classroom lecture cannot be.

The success of his low-tech, conversational tutorials—Khan’s face never appears, and viewers see only his unadorned step-by-step doodles and diagrams on an electronic blackboard—suggests an educational transformation that de-emphasizes classrooms, campus and administrative infrastructure, and even brand-name instructors.”

The recognition he got from the international community is as the following-

Recognition Year
1. Salman Khan spoke to Googlers in Mountain View, California on March 15, 2011 about Khan Academy March 15, 2011
2. Salman Khan was featured as a “Big Thinker” on Edutopia 2011
3. An article featuring Khan Academy and Salman Khan appeared in the August 2011 issue of Wired Magazine. August 2011
4. Salman Khan appeared on The Colbert Report on June 2, 2011. June 2, 2011.
5. On May 4, 2011, Salman Khan appeared on Charlie Rose. May 4, 2011
6. In 2011, Salman Khan delivered a TED talk 2011
7. In 2010, Google‘s Project 10100 provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses, to allow for translation of the Khan Academy’s content, and to allow for the hiring of additional staff. 2010
8. In 2010 at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Bill Gates endorsed the learning resource, calling it “unbelievable” and saying “I’ve been using [Khan Academy] with my kids. 2010
9. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. 2009
10. Salman Khan has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio, CNN, and CNN Money. Not known yet

In their own language-
Watch. Practice.

Learn almost anything for free.

With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 225 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace….

….We’re a small team trying our best to improve the way the world learns. Too many people around the globe don’t have access to good education materials, or they are forced to learn through a system that doesn’t properly cater to their individual needs. We think the technology exists today to fundamentally change this, and we’re trying to build the tools and resources every student deserves.

We believe a few great people can make a big difference. We strive to hire the very best — people who are passionate, thoughtful and creative. We believe it is our obligation to relentlessly focus on what the student values, and we make every decision with the student in mind….”

Link:

http://www.khanacademy.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Academy
http://www.project10tothe100.com/
http://thetechawards.thetech.org/

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