A few weeks ago, there was a very inspiring piece on Forbes.com about Salman Khan, who started the Khan Academy, “a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.” This was the latest in a series of pieces about Khan and his mission to teach math via the internet.
At the heart of the Khan Academy are over 1600 short videos made by Khan, who quit his job at a hedge fund several years ago and began creating these videos for his cousin who was struggling to learn math.
Why mention it here at Vodpod? Because it’s such a great and worthy project, first and foremost.
But also because it reminded us of an often overlooked, but incredibly worthy core use of Vodpod — as a tool for teachers and educators. Right from the start of Vodpod, we noticed members were collecting videos from a site called “TeacherTube.” And we’re using our widgets on specialized education blogs.
We now see 1000s of educators using the site. Including math teachers; school librarians from all over the world; passionate education technologists; science teachers; brain science researchers; and even Latin teachers (in Spain no less!).
We’re happy to see Vodpod put to use for so many different things. But using it as a tool to help teach people — that’s the best.