When it comes to disrupting the traditional (read: stale) educational model, few have made the impact that Khan Academy has. The 6-year-old organization takes the process of teaching in school and doing homework offsite and turns it on its head, proposing that students view lectures at home (via online video, at their own pace) and do “homework” in school. This way, kids can tutor each other or get help from instructors when it’s needed most — when they actually put lessons into practice. Not only have early pilot programs already shown remarkable success, but founder Salman Khan was also named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World this year.
We’re not the only ones impressed by this innovative organization — Google has thrown its weight behind Khan Academy, partnering with it in a new competition to discover “educational YouTube stars.” The initiative seeks “10 super talented and engaging content creators” to become Next EDU Gurus, who will benefit from training and promotion, plus receive a $1,000 B&H gift card for video equipment.
From the official announcement:
Do you set historical events to music? Doodle your geometry? Sing your Shakespeare? We’re looking for content creators who create all kinds of curriculum-related videos, from grammar to geography, history to histograms. You can submit any style of video as long as it’s educational and family-friendly–just bear in mind that we’re looking for content creators who can take people on a journey through a topic, so if you could imagine making ten, twenty, or fifty more videos on the topic in the future, all the better!
Interested in participating? If you live in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you can enter by creating a video and adding it to the YouTube Education category. Deadline is October 1st.
For more details on the competition, be sure to hit up the announcement or the program guidelines. For info about Khan Academy, click here to visit it online or view the video from Khan’s 2011 TedTalks presentation below.