Picking up on the Khan Academy meme, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a program to encourage its students to create short instructional videos for K-12 students on science and engineering concepts, according to a release from MIT. The videos—of which there are already some three dozen—will be posted on the MIT+K12 website, as well as on YouTube. Some will also be made available through Khan Academy itself, which appears to be both the inspiration for and a partner in the initiative.
Teachers and students can also use the MIT+K12 site to communicate with the the MIT video creators and to “assign” particular topics or issues they’d like to see covered.
According to the MIT release, 73 percent of the 300 K-12 students who viewed some of the early MIT-produced videos indicated that the clips “showed me that science and engineering could be cool.” Sixty-two percent said the videos added value to their classroom lessons on the selected topics.
(HT: Digital Education)
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.