#MTT2K Contest Winners Announced

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 one is worth your while but special merits, again, to Pershan’s video which is optimistic, constructive, and exhaustively researched. He edits himself extremely well throughout the video, maintaining this unflagging narration that’s almost Ze Frankian. 13 minutes pass by in an instant. You should watch it, then subscribe to his blog, then follow him on Twitter, then visit him at his home.

Co-sponsor Justin Reich has his announcement over at Ed Tech Researcher. I echo his summary judgment:

Of course, the real winners of the competition are everyone who looked critically at Khan Academy (and looked critically at its critics) and developed a more nuanced view. If after reading some of the conversation generated about Khan Academy this summer, you have a stronger position that Khan Academy is [completely awesome/situationally useful/seriously problematic] then I’m pleased to have played a tiny role in nudging the conversation.

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  1. To me, the structure of Pershan’s “Khan 2.0” example feels almost identical to the Udacity Intro to Stats course. (I think that’s a good thing.)

  2. I couldn’t view Kate Nowak’s video; I just get a blank page. Did anyone manage to find an alternate link?

  3. I can’t tell you how much I love this video. I think the next step is to create a warehouse of online videos that are organized by Common Core standards that present problems in this fashion. How do we do this?

  4. Kate’s video isn’t really a video but the result of a browser-specific plugin that lets you overlay text and other ornaments on top of a video. I think you’ll need HTML5.

  5. Fantastic, thought provoking video. I wish that there was a site (as good as this is Dan, and I’m a big fan) where teachers of the most beautiful of subjects (mathematics) could discuss new ideas, or share and improve resources.