If you have school-aged kids, you probably have heard of the person chosen to give the 2012 commencement address for Rice on May 12. Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a repository of more than 3,100 videos (and growing) designed to help teach a wide array of subjects. K-12 students around the world are using these free videos to help them with their homework, and many teachers are using them in class, as well.
But adults can -- and do -- learn from them also. The videos fall under the categories of math, science, finance, economics and humanities. While the average Continuing Studies participant might not need to watch "Special Products of Binomials" or "Adding Negative Numbers," you might be quite interested in such topics as:
- "20th Century Capitalism and Regulation in the United States"
- "Conservation of Energy"
- "Leonardo's Last Supper"
- "American-Chinese Debt Loop"
or how about the
Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education in 2009, and in 2010 Google gave $2 million for the creation of additional courses and for the translation of the academy’s core library into other languages.
While Rice commencement is open to the public, you might prefer to watch from the comfort of your own computer. The ceremony, including Khan's speech, will be streamed live over the Internet and begins at 8:30 a.m, Saturday, May 12.
To read more about the commencement speaker, see the Rice News article published last fall.