About Khan Academy

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  • What is Khan Academy?

    Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization started by Salman Khan in 2008. Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Our online materials cover subjects ranging from math and finance to history and art. With thousands of bite-sized videos, step-by-step problems and instant data, Khan Academ...

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  • How did Khan Academy get started?

    In August 2004, Sal Khan began remotely tutoring his cousin, Nadia, who was struggling with “unit conversion”. This “swiss-cheese” gap in her knowledge was not allowing her to be placed in the more advanced Math track. Since Nadia was in New Orleans and Sal was in Boston working at a hedge fund at that time, Sal started tutoring her via telepho...

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  • How much does it cost to use Khan Academy?

    Nothing. Everything on Khan Academy's site is completely free to use and plans to stay that way. We do not require contracts, and have no spam and no ads. That way, you can focus on learning. So what are you waiting for? Start learning! Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit on a mission to provide a FREE world-class education for anyone,...

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  • What materials are offered on the Khan Academy site?

    Khan Academy is comprised of three elements that are freely available to all users through our site, www.khanacademy.org

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  • What software program / equipment is used to make Khan Academy videos?

    Sal uses a PC with: Camtasia Recorder ($200*) SmoothDraw3(Free) Wacom Bamboo Tablet ($80) Prior to that, he used: ScreenVideoRecorder($20) Microsoft Paint (Free) Mac users: In lieu of SmoothDraw, Autodesk Sketchbook Express works (free with a Wacom) *Camtasia also offers a basic version of their software called ...

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  • Is Khan Academy really not-for-profit?

    Yes! Khan Academy is an IRS recognized 501c3 not-for-profit (non-profit) organization. Khan Academy materials are available for free at www.khanacademy.org. We believe that everyone should have the right to access a world class education for free. The organization is supported through the generosity of donors and grants.

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  • How is Khan Academy's site different than other resources available? How is the Khan Academy model of learning different?

    OUR WEBSITE There are some obvious distinctions. With thousands of videos, it is easily the most exhaustive collection of instruction on the Internet allowing learners to know that they can fill in almost any of their "gaps" with the content on this site. The content is made in digestible 5-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on th...

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  • What is Sal's background?

    Sal was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother was born in Calcutta, India and his father was born in Barisal, Bangladesh. He is a former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard.

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  • Why did Khan Academy decide to become a not-for-profit?

    Although Sal has been approached about making Khan Academy for-profit, it just didn't feel right to him. His view is “When I'm 80, I want to feel that I helped give access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world. Sounds a lot better than starting a business that educates some subset of the developed world that can pa...

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  • Are there plans for additional faculty besides Sal?

    The intent for Khan Academy has always been to expand faculty beyond Sal. Sal has collaborated with a variety of talent including: Dean Phillip A. Pizzo and Dr. Charles Prober of Stanford Medical School Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm Dr. David Agus, renowned Cancer specialist and Professor of Medicine at the Uni...

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