It’s not Khan, it’s Kids…

Don’t just flip the classroom, flip the video lens too

Regular readers will be aware that up to now All Change Please! has not been exactly one of The Khan Academy’s greatest fans. Until now that is. Yes, All Change Please! finally gets the Khan Academy! It’s been inspired by this article:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/a-video-critique-khan-academy/

The suggestion is that teachers and tutors evaluate the content of  Khan academy videos, and then make better versions.

So let’s go a stage further and set up ‘The Kids Academy‘*, where today’s students, who are much more media-savvy than their teachers, are able to make and upload their own peer-to-peer educational videos that speak the language they speak?  Which is a brilliant idea, and so obvious – indeed, All Change Please! is left wondering why it didn’t think of it before!

It’s often said that the best way to understand and learn something is to try and teach it to someone else as it involves reinforcing and clarifying one’s own fundamental understanding of the content. At the same time questions such as ‘How could this be more clearly and memorably be presented? and ‘What are the most difficult and important things to have to grasp about this concept?’ need to be asked. And often provides the starting point for more personal exploration of one’s own.

We often ask students to analyse and evaluate prose, TV programmes and 3D products, so why not educational technology and resources?

The Kids Academy. For learners, by learners.

Funding, anyone?

Image credit: 123RF

* There appear to be a number of educational enterprises that already use the name ‘The Kids Academy’. However, they provide completely different services to the one suggested here, and are completely unconnected with this post.

2 comments on “It’s not Khan, it’s Kids…

  1. In fact it’s been done. Thomas Hardy school in Dorset ran, “Films for Learning”. Haven’t checked it out recently but they were doing some good stuff. I found myself trying to drag some pupils through a unit on Moviemaker, you know the sort of thing, twenty screen shots to prove that you did every step of the process. A couple of them asked if I wanted to see their video and proceeded to guide me to the video they had made, edited and posted already using their own high quality camera and some sophisticated editing software. Granted theirs didn’t set out to be educational but it did rather put what I was trying to teach them in the deep deep shade.

  2. Yes, when I was teaching back in the 1980s quite a few students undertook projects involving the production of educational resources – often for local Primary Schools. So I know it can be done!

    In 1982, for his A level, one of my most able pupils put together a 20 minute pilot TV programme intended to encourage kids’ interest in The Arts. One day the whole sixth form group went to a local educational TV centre and ‘crewed’ for him, recording the entire programme ‘live’. Those were the days…

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