In our December 2011 blog, "Embrace the Evolution in Education," we examined areas where popular technology is revolutionizing academia, democratizing the learning process and giving access to advanced learning free of charge.
We spotlighted Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere, by incorporating interactive content and sophisticated analytics to create a dynamic, individualized digital learning environment.
We were therefore excited to read earlier this month in Business Insider that Craig Silverstein, the first Google employee after Larry Page and Sergey Brin, left the company to join Khan Academy as Dean of Infrastructure. In his departing email, he said to his colleagues, "While a lot has changed at Google over the years, I think we've done a remarkable job of staying true to our core mission of making the world a better place by making information more accessible and useful. I am looking forward to pursuing that same mission, though in a slightly different way, at Khan."
Silverstein's decision to join the Khan team reinforces the notion that the best and brightest minds of our age view education as the next frontier for innovation. By applying to academia the same tools and technology we currently use to access, absorb and share information, visionaries like Silverstein are transforming the way the world learns, and redefining how we measure and value academic achievement.