The judges’ prize goes to Michael Pershan’s What if Khan Academy was Made in Japan?, followed by Kate Nowak’s critique of Khan Academy’s lecture on the coordinate plane, and then to Susan Jones’ faithful homage to MST3K’s talking robots. Dr. Tae’s sharp critique of Khan Academy’s enthusiasm for gamification won the People’s Choice Award. Each [...]
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There were twenty-eight responses to the call to critique Khan Academy’s house style. My co-judge, Justin Reich, and I are debating their merits in a smoke-filled room, particularly along the “enlightening” and “entertaining” axes. We’re inviting you to weigh in on the results also and issue a People’s Choice Award. Visit this survey and give [...]
In case you missed it, Justin Reich and I are co-sponsoring the #mtt2k prize and the eligibility window for applications closes August 15. Upload some commentary on a Khan Academy video to YouTube and tag it #mtt2k. You could win a few hundred dollars to take the missus or the mister to the boardwalk before [...]
So here is a task that occupies maybe two rungs on the ladder of abstraction: You bought some 40-cent pencils and some 70-cent pens. There were 10 of them in total for 460 cents. How many pencils and ballpoint pens did you buy? At this altitude, it’s difficult to apply your intuition to a solution. [...]
Kate Nowak prefaces her #mtt2k contribution: Before y’all get out your flamethrowers and head to the comments, I’d like to say a few things. I’m neither vitriolic, panicked, nor bitter about Khan Academy. I think it’s a great resource and it’s an excellent place to see a demonstration of procedures. I send my own students [...]