UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Medical Education

Title: The Khan Academy and Whiteboard Use in EM Education

Keywords: education, whiteboards (PubMed Search)

Posted: 3/12/2012 by Rob Rogers, MD (Emailed: 3/19/2012) (Updated: 7/20/2019)
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Every heard of the Khan Academy website? If you have, you will instantly recogize what a powerful force this website has become in education. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Head to http://www.khanacademy.org/ and check it out! This site gets millions of hit PER DAY.

The Khan Academy was developed by, guess who, a guy named Kahn, Salman Kahn. This website is amazing. My kids use it for some of their school work. Trust me, check it out. If you want to know just how good this guy is...check out the size of the check Bill Gates wrote him.

What does this have to do with medical education? The videos put together by Khan utilize a teaching modality called a "whiteboard." This type of teaching technology is changing they way educators deliver material. Programs like Doceri (www.doceri.com) utilize this concept. You can build presentations and teaching materials with audio included.

My pearl for you today is really more of an assignment...go to the two websites and check them out. First, visit the Khan Academy site and then the Doceri site. THIS kind of thing is the future of education...