California’s Bold Step

Written by Neeru Khosla on May 27, 2009

Have you heard the news? Governor Schwarzenegger announced that he wants to explore digital free and online accessible textbooks that are standards aligned.  These books will be in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Keeping inline with the spirit of the state, there are various opinions about this.  I hope we can have a fair and open dialogue about this important issue. As you can well imagine, we are very excited about this development.  Now, we Californians are thinking out

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Thirteen Year Itch

Written by Neeru Khosla on April 13, 2009

Have you heard about an important concept – the thirteen year itch?  It seems like we never give a concept enough play time.  We tend to judge anything tried in schools a success or a failure quickly; particularly if it does not match our own perception of right ways to teach.  Many reforms or ideas are tried for around three or so years before educators as well as parents starts pinpointing what does not work.  Very rarely do we hear

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What makes a teenager a teenager?

Written by Neeru Khosla on February 22, 2009
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Last week I was at a meeting at a well known university.  The focus was technology and how it is impacting students and the educational system. To prove their point a panel of teenagers was show cased.  This panel consisted of both males and females.  So here are some of things that the teenagers had to say about themselves and their peers:

Most teenagers have some or many of the common “tech toys” – computer, iPhone, cell phone, iPod, etc.

They use

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Choices, choices, choices, and choices…………………

Written by Neeru Khosla on February 9, 2009

Is having many choices a good thing?

Lately this question about content for K-12 has been popping up very frequently in my mind.  In my role at CK-12, I meet with teachers and administrators, attend education conferences, and work with other non-profit people who are all working towards improving education.  I have heard from teachers who are looking for ways to pass on their self-made supplemental materials, or from administrators who are frustrated with the amount of funds that states are

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Looking forward to a new dawn

Written by Neeru Khosla on January 15, 2009

As CK-12 starts its third year, the world around us is changing in many ways – yet we at CK-12 continue to think about how to level the playing field by giving access to information for all students in K-12 area.

2008 will be remembered in history for many things that changed the way we think about our lives. Let’s run through some of the more notable ones.

We made great strides in making it possible to have access to resources

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What can I do?

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 3, 2008

Have you ever wondered why so many people believe that the open source software movement is a good thing?

There is a common belief that the wisdom of the crowds is right because many more people have a say in it and more eyes are watching what is being said. It is the collective vs. what one person believes, and that people are willing to provide their wisdom in an open and free platform.

But does it work well outside of

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What’s in a back pack?

Written by Neeru Khosla on September 2, 2008

It is that time of year where our nations school children are preparing their back packs ready to head back to start their new academic year. The contents of these bags has definitely evolved over years, considering now the average student’s back pack will contain more technology than NASA had to take Apollo to the moon.

But one thing that has stayed constant is the good old fashioned text book. While it requires no batteries or boot up time,

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Interview with CK-12 Founder, Neeru Khosla

Written by Emily Wenner on August 8, 2008

We managed to pull CK-12′s founder and leader, Neeru Khosla, away from her work to pick her brain on her vision for the modern day education system and where she is steering the CK-12 Foundation towards.

 

Can you tell us in a single sentence what CK12.org is?

CK-12 is a “collaborative enabler” that provides access to information to all, while empowering teachers to treat each student within the requirements, but treating each one as an individual with their own particular needs,

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@Google Presents: CK12 Founders

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 8, 2008

CK12 founders Neeru and Vinod Khosla and CK12′s President, Murugan Pal speak as part of the @Google series. CK12 is a non-profit organization, launched in 2006, that aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide.

Many of you know Vinod as a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers before founding Khosla Ventures. His wife, Neeru, is an accomplished philanthropist, while Murugan is a

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Wikipedia Founder Proposes Support for Open Textbooks

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 8, 2008

Esther Wojcicki over at the Huffinton Post wrote a good article on the overall state of the free online materials and how it is going to be moving towards a more colloborative approach.

To read the full piece visit here

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