During week 4’s learning path, we were introduced to the Khan Academy. I agree with Linda’s thoughts that this interactive resource can be useful for students wanting to learn content knowledge, (or constructed knowledge) which are concepts and facts at their own pace. I can also see the value in using it for teaching and learning subjects such as methematics in the primary years. Yet I do agree with Journalist Valerie Strauss’ view expressed in her article that content knowledge alsone isn’t adequate for providing a quality instruction -see her post here. Valerie goes on to expain about PCK, Pedagogical Content Knowledge. She goes on to say that “Pedagogical content knowledge is an important foundation for planning lessons and for decision making during a lesson”. So does the Khan Academy actually really teach students learn? I lean toeward thinking that it is just another useful tool to be used in addition to PCK, which can only be delivered by a professional educator.
Thanks for reading, Fiona:)