Khan Academy Translating Itself Into The One World Schoolhouse

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If you know Khan Academy as a website that offers free online video lectures about a variety of subjects, you only know the Khan Academy of a few years ago. It started as a one-man (Salman Khan) operation on a no-budget. Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, started it as the Academy in 2006 with a stated mission is to provide "a free world-class education for anyone anywhere."

The last numbers I saw had the website's micro lectures count at about 700 with topics well beyond his original math tutorials. The topics now include history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science.

Khan Academy has grown through funding from places like The Gates Foundation. I now hear Khan Academy described as a MOOC and that seems somewhat true, bit I think it is closer to the idea of education that Salman Khan envisions and describes in his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

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They have delivered over 300 million "lessons" to the world, but most are in English and so is the website. But, like Wikipedia did in its early days, the Academy is crowdsourcing the translation of the site and lessons to its users and the world.

Recently, I saw that they were looking for more German translators who have already made progress toward building a Deutsch Khan Academy  (now an Alpha Site). They have 17% of high priority content and 64% of high priority platform translated. November is their month for trnslating Khan Academy into Deutsch. Can you contribute to the Academy‚Äôs German site? Even translating a few sentences helps.

And there are many other languages being translated or on the list for the near future - see http://translate.khanacademy.org/

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