Jul 19, 2011

How Khan Academy is Changing the Rules of Education...and the Implications for Children's Ministry

Salman Khan is the founder and sole faculty member of the Khan Academy, a non-profit organization with the mission of improving education by providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy now consists of self-paced software, and with over 1 million unique students per month, it is the most-used educational video repository on the Internet. Since Khan first began posting math tutorials in 2004, Khan Academy has delivered over 45 million lessons, covering everything from basic addition to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Bill Gates had this to say about Khan Academy. “I think you just got a glimpse of the future of education.”  If this is true, it has major implications not only for education, but for Children's Ministry as well.

Here is a video where Salman talks about the Khan Academy and then below are my thoughts on the implications for Children's Ministry.

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Implications for Children's Ministry:
  • Content should be presented through a variety of avenues - auditory, visual, and interactive. Are we still stuck in a lecture driven model?
  • Technology has opened the door for online training for volunteers. Are we using it?
  • Through technology, we can help disciple kids and parents around the world without finances being the biggest hold up. Who will lead the way?
  • Parental influence is a top factor in a child's spiritual formation. What online tools should we be putting into parent's hands?
  • It seems the church normally lags behind when it comes to change. Do you think Children's Ministries will be willing to make adjustments for this new paradigm?

What are your thoughts about this educational shift?
What implications do you see coming for Children's Ministry?
What the positives and negatives of this new model?
What do you think Children's Ministry environments will look like a few years from now?

Posted by Dale Hudson


Would love to see something like this started for Christian education.

I think that this educational shift is very interesting. I think that it is easy to get caught in the trap of education = transfer of content. While education certainly is that, it is not only that. To have the fullest education one needs more than the mere transfer of content. One needs community, interaction, challenge from peers and profs., oversight, care & reward. Though much of this can be found in some virtual way shape of form, it is much different from the actual thing - think Robin Williams' statement to Matt Damon on the park bench in front of the lake in "Good Will Hunting."

This will have huge implications not just for Children's Ministry but for how church at large is done.(3D hologram pastors, church at your own pace, deceptively communal but really individualistic religion...)

Too many to discuss...

Hard to tell...

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