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Improve Hawaii's Education Problem Through On-line Education

Improving Hawaii's public education system seems to be a noble but unrealistic cause - especially for those of us in the technology community who might have to wait years or decades for a positive impact (years that we cannot afford).

There's a real amazing site - called the Khan Academy - run by 1 guy in California that provides comprehensive, on-line, free video 'courses' for high school math and science (over 1400 videos online). As the news report below shows, it is gaining world-wide following helping students in remote locations improve their education.

Rather than struggling to make our existing system a little better, the Internet can help students learn anytime, anywhere. Why bang your head against the wall trying to deal with Hawaii's government when you could be fostering on-line alternatives?

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Comment by Larry McCarty on June 15, 2010 at 4:46pm
Take a look at iTunes U, there is a lot there. There are systems like Plato and Carnegie that also offer a huge assortment of courses students can take. Through the net students in very remote places can be reached and offered an education. I'm all for it.
Comment by Cameron Souza on May 22, 2010 at 3:23pm
What a great resource! Thank you for sharing John.
Comment by Mika Leuck on May 22, 2010 at 3:05pm
I think you are right. In Hawaii, it seems like its more realistic to set aside part of everyday for online education that can't be screwed up by local politicians or bureaucrats.
Comment by Truman Leung on May 17, 2010 at 4:24pm
I recently watched the Sal Khan at Gel 2010 on Vimeo because of a tweet (I think by Jason Fried). Incredible stuff.

I just did a survey of available free resources online to learn Chinese and was blown away by the amount of free material available online. Nothing like it was available when I studied Chinese in school.


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