Thursday, March 31, 2011




Until recently, the results of reading comprehension and mathematics were not favorable for the average North-American students. Conversely, disciplined Chinese and Indian students controlled and guided by tiger mothers, almost always occupied the top spots. Are American students lazy?. No, definitely. My personal point of view about it is that north-american students for years have been quietly questioning the traditional teaching of most of their high school settled -with a few exceptions- in memory and repetition. In other words, their low grades in international contests were a reflection of a rejection to their traditional teaching systems. However the students themselves were quietly designing more creative teaching methods, using technology to which they are addicted. Therefore, I beg you dear reader to watch this TED video, in which the computer scientist Salman Khan creator of a technology-interactive- creative teaching received a long standing ovation at the end of his speech. Khan has developed over 2000 free online videos to teach mathematics to children and adults. Videos, with full carefully structured educational curriculums in several areas, showing the power of interactive exercises to be developed at home or in the same classroom with the teacher's help. Khan Academy, has changed the paradigm from memorize and repeat to questioning and experimenting with what students are concentrated in the most creative: thinking. VIDEOS EDUCATIVOS PARA PENSAR Hasta hace poco, los resultados de comprensión de lectura y matemáticas básicas no eran nada favorables para el promedio de estudiantes norte-americanos. Contrariamente, disciplinados chinos e hindúes controlados y guiados por madres tigres, ocupaban casi siempre los primeros lugares. ¿Son flojos los estudiantes americanos?. No, definitivamente. Mi punto de vista personal al respecto, es que desde hace años los estudiantes norte-americanos, cuestionan calladamente la enseñanza tradicional de la mayoría de sus high school asentadas -con algunas excepciones- en memoria y repetición. En otras palabras, sus bajas notas en performances internacionales eran el reflejo de un rechazo a la enseñanza tradicional. No obstante los mismos alumnos diseñaban silenciosamente métodos de enseñanza mas creativos, con ayuda de la tecnología a la que son adictos. Por ello, caro lector te ruego observes este video TED, en el que el experto en computación Salman Khan creador de una tecno-enseñanza-creativa-interactiva es ovacionado largamente al final de su disertación. Khan ha desarrollado más de 2000 videos gratuitos online para enseñar matemáticas a niños y adultos. Videos, educacionales cuidadosamente estructurados ofreciendo curriculums completos en diversas áreas, mostrando el poder de ejercicios interactivos a ser desarrollados en casa o en el mismo salón de clase con la ayuda del profesor. En su Khan Academy, se ha cambiado el paradigma de memorizar y repetir por el de cuestionar y experimentar, con lo que el alumno se concentra en la parte mas creativa : pensar.

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