Being fresh out of high school, I still have fond memories of using websites such as the Khan Academy to help me get through difficult subjects. As a student, I thought that these websites were a lifesaver, they helped me pass certain class and excel in others. I was addicted to them. In high school, I was not able to pick and choose my teachers, I was simply given them. That means I could have been stuck with a not so great teacher, and nothing is more frustrating than that.
This topic is extremely relevant to K12 education because websites like the Khan Academy pose a serious question. Are they changing the face of education? Do they threaten the standard teacher in the classroom idea? It may be far fetched to say it does, but with the emergence of technology in the classroom, one can never be so sure.
As this project grows, and I begin to learn more about these websites and the pros and cons of them, not only will it be able to affect my outlook on them but it can affect the outlook of many others. Teachers, students, and schools can use this information to alter their classrooms and teaching styles so that students may not have to revert back to these websites.
However, where can I find the answers to these questions? With the numerous education magazines, and the internet, I am sure that will not be a problem. Also, with the Khan Academy and other related websites being so new, there has to be a ton of information related to it. All I have to do is get out there and look for it.