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Marisa Hammond Olivares

Educator - English Language Arts/ESL,

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Is Salman Khan's idea of incorporating video in education the key to solving existing budget cuts? Is it learner friendly? Differentiated?

Many states are dealing with budget cuts in education. What would the cost be to incorporate video education or online course work? What would the teacher-student ratios be in the classroom? What about student mastery and assistance? What about struggling students? Is it time to change our curriculum format? What grade levels could we target?

Perhaps a healthy blend of video, live lecture and modeling followed by hands on activities would be best.

Also, in business we can return bad products due to our own quality assurance standards. In public education you cannot. Students are diverse in their own prior knowledge and abilities.

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  • Apr 12 2011: I can't answer all of your questions but I do know quite a bit about costing for production of videos for classrooms.

    What would the cost be to incorporate video education or online course work?
    The costs depend on several factors:
    1. Production Quality. Are you going to just have a teacher in their classroom speaking into a camera or do you plan on incorporating animation/actors into the course.
    2. Are you creating a new curriculum? If so the costs can be quite high because you are essentially creating an online textbook.
    3. Is the video course intended to replace a teacher completely or to complement the teacher? If it is just going to complement the teacher then the costs are obviously lower.

    From my experience video is never free because it takes time and skill to put them together. That said it can be very cost effective because they can be used again and again for most subjects.

    What grade levels could we target?

    In my opinion, and from experience, the ideal grades to target are junior high/high schools.

    I personally think that video could be an ideal way for schools to expand what courses they offer. (i.e. AP courses)

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