03 12 / 2013
03 12 / 2013
Each year on Thanksgiving, there is a gathering of Khan Academy team members who stay in town away from family.
Thanks for being a fun-loving crew to celebrate with!
07 11 / 2013
I stumbled on this note today from a Khan Academy learner. So many of the notes we receive move us deeply, but I don’t think I’ve ever read about someone drooling over learning, and thought you might enjoy it too!
…I’m a 65 year old retired grandma who never got to go to college. I crave learning.
I spent two hours on your beautiful site this morning, becoming reacquainted with angles and parallel lines; drooling over all the information I see available in World History, Biology, Chemistry, etc. etc.
My gratitude for your site is so great it brings me to tears. No words can express how much I appreciate what you’ve created here…
Why would I play silly brain games to “keep my brain sharp” when I can learn so much on this unique site? Every Senior Citizen, educated or not, should visit your site daily.
04 11 / 2013
01 11 / 2013
The KA office turns into a wondrous place on Halloween. This year lived up to last year’s inaugural KA Halloween festivities.
It’s not Halloween at KA unless we have a gorilla, and this year, Matt Faus made the perfect complementary banana.
Dylan and Tabitha held true to our learning roots. Dylan used one of KA’s art lessons to learn about Jackson Pollock’s painting techniques to turn himself into a Pollock-esque masterpiece. He is pictured below with Tabitha, who inspired us as the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena.
Our KA site also inspired a few costumes. Pamela dressed up as the famed Winston from our computer programming platform, Steph dressed up as our login homepage “Start learning now!”, and Ben Alpert came with an animated iPad representing KA’s “LOADING” page of blue squares. One of the most impressive costumes was Kyle’s. As a blackboard with our logo handtree on it, Kyle was often mistaken for being the backdrop (yes, that’s his head in the center of the handtree), but we all recognized his costume as one of the standouts.
Joel took home the award for Most Transformed, as the legendary Gene Simmons, lead singer of KISS. He even transformed his tongue for the occasion. He definitely raised the bar from last year’s already impressive Ironman costume.
The annual highlight of the party was the fashion show, where we each embodied our characters to the best of our abilities as we walked down the runway, and all had a good laugh.
Our sentiments were summed up nicely in this tweet.
I love looking around the office on Halloween. The world is a happier place when I’m surrounded by cats, gorillas, bananas, and rock stars.
— Pamela Fox (@pamelafox) October 31, 2013
Oh, and if you were feeling like playing some games, you could also play tetris with Leah or number munchers with kamens. Yep, that’s right - the pieces actually move!
P.S. Thanks to Tabitha for the photos!
20 10 / 2013
We’ve been rearranging a lot of our math content in the last couple of months. Here’s some of our newest videos – can you guess which topic they’re in?
15 10 / 2013
Stephanie pointed out that someone has dedicated an entire blog to quoting Khan Academy content. Among her favorite entries: