Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Khan academy teaches in Tamil

Pramila Krishnan

Chennai, August 13: Khan academy, one of the largest e-schools in the world, has uploaded video lessons in Tamil now. Tough maths problems are explained with visual figures in the videos. Several school children who do not have access to good quality education could use these videos to learn.

Khan academy is a non-profit education site started in 2006 by Salman Khan, an Indian origin Harvard business school graduate. He aims to provide free school education to underprivileged children across the globe by uploading free videos on various subjects. Starting from  history, maths, medicine, chemistry, biology and many other special subjects, lessons are available for free on the website www.khanacademy.org. These lessons are translated into several languages and recently Tamil language videos have been made available on the site and YouTube.

When you Google Khan academy Tamil videos, you get a list of maths videos teaching basic maths problems in addition, subtraction and others in two different forms. The video lesson tells listeners on how to work out problems with easy steps without any rough work on a paper. Uncomplicated mental calculation methods are taught through colourful animation.

For many schoolteachers like K. Srividya of Vyasarpadi, Khan academy video lessons in Tamil is a boon. “Instead of boring the children by asking them to mug up tables for multiplication and count numbers for addition, children are very much interested to work out sums when we show these interactive videos. They are excited as they see the numbers fly and the voice tutoring them about the sums,” she said. She added that her students are inquisitive in the maths classes these days.