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It's great heading up the dev side of the internationalization team at Khan Academy.  Hopefully we will see many more stories and studies like the following in the coming years.
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/include/getdoc.php?id=5926&article=1766&mode=pdf
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Now that Vi Hart is formally a member of the Khan Academy, I am super happy to promote her latest video: Doodling in Math Class: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant [2 of 3]. Its part two, you might also want to check out part 1: http://youtu.be/ahXIMUkSXX0 and one of my favorite other Vi videos on the Mobius strip: http://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart?feature=watch#p/u/0/4mdEsouIXGM
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While it is easy to get excited about the possibilities of technology to give students an individualized education, especially now that I'm working at Khan Academy, it is important to remember that digitizing the classroom using some programs hasn't shown improvements so far, as the article I just read points out. Of course Khan Academy isn't like other programs as it is free and always will be. Plus we encourage students be able to use Khan Academy on their own time, freeing up the classroom to project based learning, peer-to-peer help from students who are farther ahead, and targeted help from teachers who know from our system the student's weaknesses.
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http://www.projectpolymath.org/
They are looking for for people to collaborate with. I think...maybe a connection is merited? After all, isn't open collaboration the way of the future? Maybe they can help provide special resources and skill sets and your team can do the same for them... ;)
If you would like, I can send them an email for you.
Email address: polymath@projectpolymath.org
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Spent forever today figuring out how to get a document in Helvetica Neue font from Pages program in a mac onto a pdf and look ok in Adobe Acrobat. Tried 10 million things. The final solution was to save it to .ps and then use http://docupub.com to convert it to pdf
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Doing it that way, the pdf it creates does not properly encode the Helvetica Neue font. When looking at it with Adobe Acrobat on Windows a bunch of the letters are at different heights and alignments.
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Hey James, 

I am trying to switch my account from kiannaholbein@hotmail.com to lazyeinstein76@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate you going out of your way to do this.

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For the last while I've been working with Tom to create a topics infrastructure at Khan Academy. While I worked mostly on the backend, Tom made a great admin tool to interface with it, that allowed Elizabeth and Sal to start organizing our content. As of last week we started showing subtopics on Khan Academy homepage, and soon we'll be remaking it even more to make navigation through our site a breeze and make it clear to our users what next they should be working on.

Tom has written a blog post about it including a few more details.
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Hi James, thank you so much!  This is a big help.  Really appreciate it.
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Here is a link to a research study on blended learning using the Khan Academy that was conducted awhile ago. It has quite interesting findings. Most of the negatives about Khan have already been addressed and while the slight increase in performance over the control group was not statistically significant for such a small sample, there were very encouraging results.
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Hi Elizabeth, there are a lot of autistic kids who use Khan Academy already, some to great success.  If there are specific qustions that you think are poorly worded making it hard for you to understand I can pass it on to our content team.  With every question there are hints and related videos that can also help you understand what is being asked.  No matter what though, keep trying and I'm sure you'll be getting your own Sun badge. ;)
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I just read an interesting article about homework and how students learn. In particular it recommends "spaced repetition" - doing the same stuff multiple times over the course of a year, "retrieval practice" - giving tests to yourself as a way to study, and "desired difficulty" - when we struggle when we learn we actually learn it better. With the last one they recommend "interleaved" assignments with different types of questions so the brain has to work harder to figure out which is the best approach.
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Thanks James. I will be gone from the country for abut 40 days but I will start working on seeing what I can figure out...maybe call some Game Production Studios to see if we can find some who would be interested in collaborating. I am not sure what exactly your team is working with in regard to resources, though...
Would you mind if I were to privately continue this conversation and, perhaps, ask some questions if I encounter issues?
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