YouTube: A Gateway to Free Education
You’ve probably heard of Khan Academy by now. Founded by MIT graduate Salman Khan, KhanAcademy.com is on a mission to provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
With over 2600 videos hosted on YouTube that cover everything from arithmetic to
Their videos had been viewed 67 million times as of May 2011. I watched a couple Khan Academy videos last night to try to get a better understanding of some important concepts in statistics. Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/r0BQlx
thenewboston.com: The Next Khan Academy?
From a small office near Raleigh, North Carolina, another man, a college dropout, is on a similar mission. His name is Bucky Roberts. I discovered him by watching a dozen or so of his very helpful C++ programming tutorials on YouTube. I digged a little deeper and have to share what I’ve found.
Bucky runs a donor-supported free video tutorial site called thenewboston.com. He has posted nearly a thousand videos on computer topics. His tutorials have been viewed more than 40 million times. His C++ tutorials have helped me immensely.
Here is his mission in his own words:
My goal is to eventually create a source that anyone can access worldwide for a free, quality education without ever having to pay a single dime. I want to deliver the tutorials and videos that surpass the quality of even the top colleges and universities around the world.
Sound familiar? I think you’re going to be hearing more and more about Bucky and thenewboston in the coming years.
Last week he announced he was able to quit both of his jobs and do tutorials full time!
Here is more of Bucky’s story from his About page: http://bit.ly/oVflAb
I started teaching other programming languages and basic software tutorials as well. I also began to notice that other people have done similar things before, made videos on how to use software. However, all of their videos were dry and dull. Aside from that, they were charging top dollar for every single one of their videos! It wasn’t before long that my views began to explode. I was getting messages from people all over the world. Colleges were calling me and asking me to speak. Radio stations were asking for interviews. All because of some videos I posted online that a lot of people found very useful.
I soon realized that these videos were something more than just another cat video on YouTube. They were a gateway to a higher education, for free. While Universities and Corporations were charging like crazy for people to receive an education, people could come and watch my videos and get the same information for no cost at all. I decided that this is the way it would be. An education should be free for everyone who desires one. It should not be a business. And quickly, that became my goal.
So here I am. 3 years / 136,000 Subscribers / 40 Million views later. I have expanded out of my bedroom to an office in a small town nearby. I have used my personal funds as well as the donations from my website to hire a two additional people to begin making tutorials, as well as purchase better equipment in order to make better quality videos. All of this, yet the costs remains the same for you all, free.
Like I said before, I do not feel that a quality education is something you should have to purchase. There are millions of people around the world that have not had the money, time, or accessibility to pursue a higher education. I am hoping to change all of that. As thenewboston continues to grow, I aim to expand to other topics such as math, sciences, and all core subjects necessary for a quality education. My goal is to eventually create a source that anyone can access worldwide for a free, quality education without ever having to pay a single dime. I want to deliver the tutorials and videos that surpass the quality of even the top colleges and universities around the world. This is my goal, and this is what I believe we can achieve.
So this is my promise to you all. I will continue to work each and every day of my life until this goal is met. I will never sell out to a bigger corporation and I will never charge a single penny for any of these videos. There are some things that are much more important than money, and I believe that this is one of those things.
So to everyone, welcome to the beginning. The beginning of a new kind of education. Welcome to the beginning of an education revolution.
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