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Khan Academy Opens Physical School to Supplement Virtual Accomplishments

Khan Academy Opens Physical School to Supplement Virtual Accomplishments

Khan Academy has made a name for itself with its free-to-access educational videos, including SAT prep. Now, as NPR reports, Khan Academy is stepping outside of the virtual realm of education and has created its first brick-and-mortar school.

Khan Academy CEO Salman Khan told NPR Khan Academy’s new physical endeavor, the Khan Lab School, is to supplement its virtual ones.

"We view the virtual as something that can empower the physical — that if students can get lectures at their own time and pace, they can get exercises, they can have a programming platform, that doesn't mean that the classroom gets replaced; it means the classroom gets liberated."

"Classroom time could be much more about Socratic dialogue, building projects, whatever else. So we wanted to prove it out. We've been working with a lot of great schools who have been doing aspects of this, but we started a lab underneath our offices, literally, where we have mixed age, it's full-year, full-day.”

Khan Lab School students can expect long days and to be mixed-in with students of all ages. What calls as “Montessori 2.0,” students of all ages can expect to be at the Silicon Valley school until 6 p.m.

Khan says the best practices learned from within his new school will be shared without the rest of the education community to help innovation progress.

"Every six weeks, we kind of look at what worked, what didn't work, and we kind of reset it and reboot it and we try new things. So it really is in the spirit of innovation of Khan Academy. If we really want to understand what's possible in a physical classroom, we need a lab.”

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

1/7/2016

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