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Salman Khan is an American online educator who has produced hundreds of popular video clips elucidating a wide spectrum concepts in mathematics and the sciences in his home studio. His official channel, 'Khan Academy' has, as of March 2010, attracted more than 1,300,000 views. His numerous videos on the other hand have attracted almost ten times that number.

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Background

Salman Khan was born in Karachi Pakistan, but was raised in New Orleans,Khan holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a BS in Mathematics, a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science. In addition he holds a master's of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. [1]

In late 2004, Khan began tutoring his niece Nadia over the Internet in mathematics using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought his tutorage, he decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube which he joined on 16 November 2006 [2] Their popularity on the video sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his job as a Hedge Fund analyst in 2008 to focus on developing the Academy full-time.

Contribution

Khan distributes his videos using online mediums, most prominently through his Youtube channel 'Khan Academy'. His videos proved popular, attracting, on average, more than 20,000 hits each whilst all gaining high ratings of 4-5 stars. Students from the US and from around the world have been attracted to Khan's concise, practical and relaxed teaching method and many have praised him through commenting. [3]

He outlined his mission as to 'accelerate learning for students of all ages. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful.' Khan had also mentioned that he would like to extend his 'free school' to cover topics such as English and History.

Many have realised the potential of using Khan's videos to teach those in isolated areas of Africa and Asia. Such programs are under construction and may bring education to the children living in poor parts of the world.

Khan, during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2009, delineated his motive: 'With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can't imagine a better use of my time.'

Recognition

Salman Khan has been featured on the Public Broadcasting Station[4] and the National Public Radio.

He also gives lecturers to students and teachers about better teaching methods. His effective utilisation of the Internet have also aroused more curiosity throughout the world of its power.

In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education.

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