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Khan Academy was formed as a result of Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst. In 2004, he used YouTube to uploaded tutoring videos for his cousins, as it seemed to be the best approach for a man with little time free in his week to be delivering what was usually a similar, if not the same lesson. His videos gained much positive feedback from his family as well as others who sought maths tutorials online. Following about 5 years of uploading videos, and a huge amount of positive feedback, he took the major step of quitting his job and focusing full-time on making videos.  He also wanted to improving the learning environment on khanacademy.org, a site he chose to develop as to provide a more structured database of the video tutorials he was uploading to YouTube.  Bill Gates said in an interview, sometime after Khans TED talk  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.”

Here’s the first video that Khan uploaded: Here’s a link to the First Videothat Khan uploaded.

The next few blog posts will be linked to my Professional Skills assignment which is based around online learning and in specific the use of KhanAcademy.org.

This may interest students, parents, teachers and people interested in how our educational system may be shaped in the next few years.