The information age and the Internet have given birth to a whole new genre in education. To highlight this genre I would like to introduce you to four companies that are leaders this new educational technology. 

 

The Khan Academy was developed organically. It began with its founder, Salman Khan, tutoring one of his cousins across the Internet. One cousin led to another and his tutoring gained popularity, motivating Khan to put his interactive tutoring sessions on YouTube. As his videos gained popularity, Khan made the decision to dedicate himself fulltime to this project and thus the Khan Academy was born. Funded completely by donations, this non-profit currently provides various levels of Mathematics courses, but they are working to expand the courses into Physics, Chemistry, Finance, Computer Science, Logic, and Grammar. 

 

edX is an open platform offering online courses for free. It was launched in 2012 by MIT and Harvard University and offers university-level courses. edX started with only a handful of courses offered, but the list is growing and includes courses from MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley. 

 

Coursera also offers free online courses through their website in Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Coursera started in 2012 with partners Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, there are 62 partners but the list is growing. In January of 2013 Coursera had five courses approved for college credit: Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Introduction to Genetics and Evolution, and Bioelectricity. This list is also growing. 

 

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a global set of conferences featuring talks that address a great variety of topics connected to science and culture. TED began in 1984 as a single event, but beginning in 1990 it became an annual one. Now there are many TED events held all over the globe that are streamed live. While TED does not provide classes or courses like the first three, it has become synonymous with the expression of big ideas. Every year at least one TED talk becomes the stuff of legend, inspiring millions. This year that talk was from Amanda Palmer about the art of asking. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcom Gladwell, Al Gore, Bill Gates and many more. 

 

Although these education avenues are new, they are growing rapidly, offering dynamic new ways to learn. Esamaritan is in front of this new wave. Contact us so we can help you take advantage of these innovative new types of education.