Sal Khan: “Education Reimagined” @ Talks at Google (Full Transcript)

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: Thank you very much And I'm actually going to introduce our next speaker, who is Sal Khan

We're so pleased to have him with us today He's the founder and CEO of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit that provides free world-class education You may have just heard of him a little bit, right? I should have told him that I actually was encouraging my daughter, who's getting ready to take the SAT, like, you need to go on and read the Khan stuff And we'll talk later about some of the feedback she might have for you He's the founder of the Khan Lab School, which some of you will get to visit on Friday

Khan Academy started as a passion project In 2004, Sal began tutoring his cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad Word got around And soon, Sal was tutoring several cousins and family and friends as a hobby To better scale, he began writing software to assign math practice, provide feedback, and track each student's progress

He also began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube, where he reached thousands of students In 2009, he quit his day job and launched Khan Academy Today, more than 62 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages across 190 countries Today, we are honored to have Sal Khan join us to discuss his personal journey of how he founded the Khan Academy and turned it into the organization that it is today We also look forward to his thoughts on how he has re-imagined education and what's next for the future of this field

Without further ado, please welcome Sal Khan [APPLAUSE] SAL KHAN: Thank you SPEAKER 1: Thank you SAL KHAN: Wow, this is [INAUDIBLE] Wow, that's the most generous introduction I've ever gotten Thank you

Well, I like to start these types of presentations– and it's really going to be a conversation– we're going to have time But really, just to get to know you all, how many of you all are elementary school teachers? [CHEERING] Middle school? [CHEERING] Oh! High school? [CHEERING] And then how many of you all are humanities teachers? AUDIENCE: Yeah! SAL KHAN: I'm just trying to get a sense Science? [CHEERING] Math? AUDIENCE: Yeah! SAL KHAN: OK, and did I miss anyone? AUDIENCE: Social studies AUDIENCE: Yeah! SAL KHAN: OK, humanities– OK, social studies– very good– very good All right– and it sounds like most of you all have some familiarity with Khan Academy

How many of you all use Khan Academy? [CHEERING] OK And how many of you don't? Good, good, good, good And how many of you hadn't heard of it before today, really, or are not too familiar with it? Oh, OK, good I'm just doing market research Well, it sounds like most of you all are somewhat familiar with it

We're often associated with this collection of videos And as was introduced– I started making for family members But as we'll see, it's a lot more than just videos But just to get everyone on the same page, I will start with a montage of what some of these videos look like [VIDEO PLAYBACK] – All these interactions are just due to the gravity

– This is age right after Isaac Newton – I'm told the humidity makes it feel hotter Why is this? – Excellent question, LeBron – And you can just see the pleasure he had – The right to privacy, as such, is not spelled out in the Constitution

Of course, the word "liberty" is – Two things actually can interbreed Although, for these two in particular, it seems like the mechanics would get kind of difficult – And I can keep playing with these numbers and see what kind of colors I can come up with – If this does not blow your mind, then you have no emotion

[END PLAYBACK] I thought you all would appreciate Euler's identity But as I mentioned, it's much more than just videos And some of you all might already be using it in your classrooms, where students can do exercises It's not just math anymore It's across subjects and grades

They get feedback There's teacher dashboards And I'll talk more about how we envision– and actually, we would love to learn from you all on how you all envision tools like this could help empower– supercharge– a classroom As was introduced, we're reaching a lot of folks these days But before talking more about this and where we're going, I'll tell you how all of this started

And even just listening to the introduction, I have a feeling that the journey that you all are about to go in parallels the one that I've been going through for the last seven or eight years In 2004, as was introduced, I was a year out of business school My original background was in tech But I'd gone to business school Year out– I was working as an analyst at an investment fund

And I had just gotten married My family was visiting me in Boston right after my wedding They were visiting from Louisiana Where's Louisiana? AUDIENCE: Whoo! SAL KHAN: Oh, very good Oh– we have two teachers of the year at Louisi– oh, kind of– oh, one

And it just came out of conversation that one of my family members, my 12-year-old cousin Nadia, was having trouble in math Her mom told me about it When Nadia came into the room, I asked her about it She said, well, there was this placement exam It had a lot of unit conversion on it

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