“I used to hate history in school. It was so boring memorizing all those dates.” I used to hear this all the time at the library from new genealogists, who suddenly were discovering the joys of history as they learned about their ancestors.
So if you slept through the football coach’s terrible American history classes in high school or even if you’re just a little fuzzy on some of the historical events that your ancestors participated in, then the Khan Academy is for you.
In 2006, Salman Khan started a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide “a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.”
Posting short videos posted to a YouTube channel and a Web site (http://www.khanacademy.org), Khan’s virtual school started with science and mathematics and has expanded to economics and history. Access to all of the videos in the virtual school, including user-paced practice exercises, is free.
Here’s a list of the current history titles, with more on the way:
The Khan Academy has more than 2,300 microlectures available that have been viewed nearly 58 million times. Google awarded Salman Khan $2 million to produce more free video lectures. I can’t imagine a better use of funds. Try the Khan Academy – I think you’ll like Khan’s accessible and informative style.