Khan Academy: Prezi in action at TED?

You should watch this TED talk by Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst who is now fully devoted to turning the education system upside down (see his Khan Academy). His key concept is to humanize the class room using technology: have kids watch videos at home at their own pace and use the time of the teacher in the class room to provide individual support instead of one-size-fits-all lectures.

Now to Prezi. I think Salman is using it as his presentation engine. I am still not convinced that it is a good large audience presentation tool (see an earlier discussion on whether Prezi is a PowerPoint killer). However, the tool does a good job in visualizing the enormous video library Salman has constructed, and the carefully thought-through construction of the curriculum he is proposing. What do you think?


Todd Bullivant said...

I think Prezi works fine for Salman's style of presenting, which is primarily telling a story with the occasional videos as visual support. Unlike most presentations, he's not showing a slide, discussing what's on the screen, moving to the next slide, and repeating. That's where I feel the visual zooming around in Prezi would be too distracting. In the first type Salman is the presenter. In the second, Prezi is.

Anonymous said...

Impressive video on an impressive undertaking. It makes a lot of sense. It could revolutionize the classroom.
Titus Tielens