Biblography

Hi all, here is my complete list of sources that I forgot to post. This is intended so that future students won’t spend as much time as I did trying to find sources. Enjoy(maybe),

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Khan The wiki link and master list of information. Lots of links to sources in the reference section. A useful tip would be to check when some of the information is written so you can choose the most up-to-date info. This especially applies to statistics, make sure you check when it is posted.

 

http://www.biography.com/people/salman-khan-21416751 the story and biography of khan as a person, with basic information about what he does. A good way to start researching and get the basic idea of how he is.

 

https://www.ted.com/speakers/salman_khan Access to Sal’s ted talks, and a brief intro that explains why you should know him. Includes the most important info. Links to Sal’s TED talks so check them out, because you will 100% learn more of what Sal believes in and some of his strategies of teaching like mastery learning and flipped classrooms.

 

http://www.thelavinagency.com/speakers/salman-khan information and with some external links to other good sources at the bottom, all reliable well-known sources. Also have a few video interviews and talks by Sal.

 

https://mixergy.com/interviews/salman-khan-academy-interview/ A really long interview of Sal, lots of information but lots of spelling and other possible errors. Hard to understand at times. Good to check for additional unique facts because interviewers always seek to ask questions that is not usually thought of, and provides a new perspective to the person rather than the Wikipedia facts.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2014/01/06/salman-khan-the-most-influential-person-in-education-technology/#5e207aea7bc6  Again, an interview of Sal. This one I really like because first, it is from a very well-known and trust-worthy site and magazine, and that it is also detailed and again, looks at Sal from another angle, focusing on his teachings and theories more. So more technical.

 

The One World School House: Education Re-imagined – Sal Khan

This website gives a description of the book that Sal wrote. The book is the one source I found 60% of my material. Read the book, and I will guarantee that you will find out a lot about Sal, especially his ideologies towards education.

 

https://www.wired.com/2011/07/ff_khan/all/1 WIRED’s review on Sal. Again, dependable source that I could trust to provide insightful and precise information. It also tells the story of a boy who is doing trigonometry in like grade 6 using Khan Academy.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Khan The wiki link and master list of information. Lots of links to sources in the reference section. A useful tip would be to check when some of the information is written so you can choose the most up-to-date info. This especially applies to statistics, make sure you check when it is posted.

 

http://www.biography.com/people/salman-khan-21416751 the story and biography of khan as a person, with basic information about what he does. A good way to start researching and get the basic idea of how he is.

 

https://www.ted.com/speakers/salman_khan Access to Sal’s ted talks, and a brief intro that explains why you should know him. Includes the most important info. Links to Sal’s TED talks so check them out, because you will 100% learn more of what Sal believes in and some of his strategies of teaching like mastery learning and flipped classrooms.

 

http://www.thelavinagency.com/speakers/salman-khan information and with some external links to other good sources at the bottom, all reliable well-known sources. Also have a few video interviews and talks by Sal.

 

https://mixergy.com/interviews/salman-khan-academy-interview/ A really long interview of Sal, lots of information but lots of spelling and other possible errors. Hard to understand at times. Good to check for additional unique facts because interviewers always seek to ask questions that is not usually thought of, and provides a new perspective to the person rather than the Wikipedia facts.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2014/01/06/salman-khan-the-most-influential-person-in-education-technology/#5e207aea7bc6  Again, an interview of Sal. This one I really like because first, it is from a very well-known and trust-worthy site and magazine, and that it is also detailed, looking at Sal from another angle, focusing on his teachings and theories more. So more technical.

 

The One World School House: Education Re-imagined – Sal Khan

This website gives a description of the book that Sal wrote. The book is the one source I found 60% of my material. Read the book, and I will guarantee that you will find out a lot about Sal, especially his ideologies towards education.

 

https://www.wired.com/2011/07/ff_khan/all/1 WIRED’s review on Sal. Again, dependable source that I could trust to provide insightful and precise information. It also tells the story of a boy who is doing trigonometry in like grade 6 using Khan Academy.

 

https://hbr.org/2014/01/salman-khan Harvard Business Review interview on Sal Khan. Sure is Harvard quality. Yet again, another long interview that I personally was not able to read through, but if you have the time, I would recommend it to you.

Those are all my sources, I hope you will find them useful if you are

studying Sal Khan as well.

 

Learning Centre, more like 10 hours of work on…

Hello, welcome to my learning centre post. Yeah.

I got the idea for my poster like the day before NoN. Before, I planned on using a piece of green paper to write stuff, but then I thought about the tree on the Academy’s logo and the tree of learning. I then thought, for some reason, why don’t I tape letter sized paper together to make a tree shape!. And it went like that. img_1557

OK, for the Eminent Person Study Project, I would say that I made tons of mistakes because first, I thought a wall besides two food tables would be a great spot, turned out that it is completely a wrong decision. Once I got started I realized that I can’t do much there, especially with my “limited” imagination. I was even more surprised when hardly any came to my station. I would have thought that being besides food make people come, but I guess no, being in the back alley is just that lonely. I got my interview after I wrote my speech, which is both my fault and her fault. She replied 11 days after I sent her the email! And then, there were five emails back and forth with 0-4 days in between.

Something that I would do next time would be to send more interview emails, as I got my interview after my speech and it was “somewhat” helpful. In addition I should have looked at the learning centres of past TALONS students to gain more understanding of what Night of the Notables is about, and get ideas for my learning centre as well.

Learning centre plan
Learning centre plan

Still, I felt like I had achieved my goals for this project. I got to know my person better, and most of all, I got to know more of his ideas, his approach to obstacles, why he stood out for a change and his “eminence”. Through this I learned not just about him, but insights and approaches that I could use my own life as well.

Finally, Night of the Notables was an amazing experience for me, particularly because this is the first time that I’ve participated in this kind of event. In the end I want to thank everyone for their contributions in making this NoN so memorable for me and others! This is especially for Ms. Mulder (for being so organized with tons of things and giving out pointers), Mr. Jackson (for giving us lots of class blog time with help and delivering the unforgettable first speech to NoN), Mr. Salisbury (for cheering us on and playing music to loosen everyone’s nerves) and Ms. Dingle (for giving us time to write speeches and teaching us how to)!

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Goodbye Eminent 2k16, Grade 9’s first and Grade 10’s last NoN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview for Eminent

This is a copy of the notes I took during my interview with UBC Centre of Teaching, Learning and Technology professor Marie Krbavac. Because she stated that she cannot answer Khan Academy specific questions I only asked her on the topic of E-Learning. The interview happened after the final draft of my speech, so it wasn’t much help to my speech, but I definitely learned more about what teaching and computer professionals think about E-Learning.

 

I asked her about her experiences with using technology to learn: She has taken multiple courses about the use of technology in classes, and she often works with others online for discussions. She does workshops related to the effective use of technology. So we could say that she is familiar with this kind of technology.

She feels that technology can be helpful, but it depends on what you are trying to help your students to be able to do. She commented that using technology just for the sake of using technology is not going to help your students. Sometimes, implementing technology is just going to cause confusions. Online testing, for example, is not an effective and comprehensive way to test your students. You have to think about the purpose of why you are using technology. 

When asked about what she felt about the concept of mastery learning, she replied that it is an effective way of executing online learning, but also that it will not perfect. For example, a lot of things that students learn connects to other things, and without that connection students may not get the concept. So even if a student achieves 100%, meaning they understand everything, after a couple of days they may forget the idea that led to their understanding of the concept and suddenly, they don’t get the thing anymore.

When faced with the question of whether technology will take over schools in first world countries, she replied that she thinks teachers will still be prominent in classrooms. But that they would obviously incorporate more technology into classrooms, as technology would only get smarter as years go by. Essentially, face to face interaction is a must have part of learning. It gives you a personal touch to workshops instead of just a computer screen, allows the information not just heard, but felt and dramatically reduces the risk of misinterpreting the information. Students will also learn from another person’s questions, which they may be afraid to ask. She commented that working alone or with others from an internet platform like Skype is not the same as a face to face meeting, speaking from experience. Overall, she thinks schools will not change hugely

That was the end of my interview. I thanked Professor Krbavac, and ended the call. I am very grateful for this opportunity to hear about someone else’s opinion, and this is definitely not something that you can find on the internet googling.

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Speech Post Eminent 2K16

Hi everyone, here comes my speech post that everyone is not waiting for, probably. Anyways, here you can find pictures of my drafts and my final copy.

So, I didn’t technically do a complete first draft. I did several unfinished drafts that have around 300 words. The thing that will happen is that I will work on my speech, but I would forget my draft at school, or at home. So then I have to start all over again. That happened three times, resulting in three drafts. I also created a list of speech ideas from my eminent person’s book.

Finally, like three days before NoN, I sat down in front of my computer, and decided to do it once and for all. I wrote the speech, and that became my so called second version.

Because my speech is both inspirational and informational, I saw no reason to get my TALONS peers to edit my speech, as I thought, what is the point of delivering an inspirational and informational speech when everyone had already read it over five times?. Instead, that night I was with my sister in the church nursery so I asked two grade twelves at Heritage Woods, I think, to edit my speech. They weren’t that helpful by saying things like: “it’s all good”, “that’s really impressive writing”, “your English is really good” and “you should join IB”. I revised it myself with my parents, and finally, came up with my final draft, A.K.A., third draft.

Having trouble posting them here…

 

Second version

Third Version/ Final

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I have the door gif now I am cool now…’_’

 

Library Trip Post

On a rather dark and rainy Friday, I walked into VPL, and I experience the sense of peacefulness that I always get in a library. I remembered the time when I was ten years old, visiting my favorite library, one as big as the one I am in right now. Right at that moment I know that I will find what I need, just like four years ago when I would find everything I love in one book, or another. I went to the library with one goal, to know about my eminent person, Salmon Khan. Specifically, I want to know more about his life and dreams.

I started off going to the nearest computer catalog, and I searched up things like “Sal Khan”, “E-learning” or “MOOC”. Soon, I was able to determine where the books that I want are located, and conveniently, they are all beside each other, decimeters apart. I went to the little corner of education, grabbing a book about nerds in the process. Before long I was sitting in one of the comfy chairs of the inspiration centre, books all check out and ready. Still thinking about how I wasn’t classified as “nerd” by that book, I started this intro post. I decided that I would better do this post when the memory is still as fresh as a dewy field. I figure that the two books I got, one written by Sal and the other called, “The Theory and Practice of Online Learning”, could wait a bit. I wrote for a while, and finally, couldn’t resist the temptation of the books sitting on a desk in front of me. Sadly, right after I started we had to go. Pizza was O.K., I didn’t think of it as really good, plus it was really expensive. I thought Fresh Slice tasted better, in addition to being like 50% cheaper.

At McLeod’s bookstore (at least that what I think it is spelled), I didn’t find any useful facts, partly because all the books are old, and online learning is a new concept, partly because they don’t have a lot of teaching books. I did find several physics and neuroscience books that are really interesting, but due to a lack of money ($10), I wasn’t able to buy anything. I just sat and read books about Einstein and brain tricks.

Going to on this library trip really helped me by letting me gain more understanding of my eminent person. I read in the book Sal wrote about how he started teaching, how he overcame some challenges and most importantly, his visions and beliefs. It really adds on to the short and brief information I get online.

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