20 5 / 2013
This past weekend, Khan Academy’s Karl Wendt teamed up with Los Altos School District at their booth at Maker Faire, showcasing student-made robots. Interested in making your own? Check this out: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/projects/robots
08 5 / 2013
I recently passed by a sign that said “I teach. What’s your superpower?”, and was reminded of the teachers that have been superheroes in my life. There were a few precious teachers who encouraged a shy little girl to love learning, changing the course of her life forever.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to superhero teachers, including the 30,000 teachers across the world that are using Khan Academy in their classrooms, and changing the lives of students.
We salute you as you endeavor to provide more personalized, mastery-based and interactive learning experiences for your students. Thank you for putting in the long hours, for giving it your heart and soul, and for being a role model and an inspiration to students to be lifelong learners and explorers.
28 4 / 2013
To say that Peter Collingridge is a Khan Academy user is an understatement. He has 6.4 million energy points, is an active member of the KA community as a moderator, and has authored dozens of computer science programs and math exercises, which makes him a standout contributor in our book. We decided to get to know this shy Englishman a little better.
What do you do at Khan Academy?
Given your involvement, how would you describe the KA online community?
In 100 years, what do you hope Khan Academy will be?
18 4 / 2013
Over lunch, our informal lunchtime turned into a fascinating discussion about children’s books when Craig shared his personal list of favorites. We reminisced over the ones we adored and proceeded to judge the childhood literary tastes of each other - exclaiming things like, “How could you not have heard of “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”?!?! Below is the list courtesy Craig.
Thanks to Craig for the lunchtime entertainment and a reminder how much we all love reading!
My Favorite Children’s Books
Really, these are Young Adult books, though I do include some books for youngsters at the end. (I don’t know very much about that age group though.)
I’ve listed them in approximate age order, though I’m not very good at judging these things.
- Winnie the Pooh + The House at Pooh Corner — Milne
- The Book of Three + 4 sequels — Lloyd Alexander
- The Phantom Tollbooth — Juster
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland + Through The Looking Glass — Carroll
- Charlotte’s Web — E.B. White
- The Trumpet of the Swan — E.B. White
- The Hobbit — Tolkien
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH — O’Brien
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe + 6 sequels — C.S. Lewis
- The Wizard of Oz — Baum
(Note: a zillion sequels, but they’re not really all that good)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Dahl
(Note: those who like this will probably like any other Dahl book as well, eg James and the Giant Peach & Danny Champion of the World).
- Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book — Silverstein
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Konigsburg
- Ella Enchanted — Levine
- The White Mountains + The City of Gold and Lead + The Pool of Fire — John Christopher
- The Dark is Rising + 4 other books in the series — Susan Cooper
(Note: Dark is Rising is probably the best of the 5. It’s the second book in the series, but can be read first. The actual first book is enh.)
- A Wizard of Earthsea + Tombs of Atuan + The Farthest Shore — LeGuin
(Note: there’s a 4th book in the series: Tehanu. Opinion is sharply divided on it. I refuse to read it, out of fear it will retroactively ruin my enjoyment of the first three books.)
- The Westing Game — Raskin
- Peter Pan — Barrie
- Holes — Sachar
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone + 6 sequels — Rowling
- The Princess Bride — Goldman
- The Golden Compass + The Subtle Knife + The Amber Spyglass — Pullman
(Note: the first book is much the best of the lot.)
- Howl’s Moving Castle — Diana Wynne Jones
- Bridge to Terebithia — Patterson
(Note: I love this book, but others — particularly those forced to read it for school — often hate it.)
- The Giver — Lowry
- Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
This isn’t a children’s book, but was my favorite book when I was 12 or so, to the point where I’ve probably read it 7 or 8 times:
- Dune — Herbert
Finally, some actual books for tykes:
- Good Night Moon
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Monster at the End of This Book
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Interrupting Chicken
- Pish Posh, Said Hieronymous Bosch
- Suess I particularly like: Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, Horton Hatches an Egg