Give a Day Global Mentor with Khan Academy
In April 2015, my family took a trip to Costa Rica. We went ziplining, swimming, snorkeling, and even got to see monkeys every morning! My favorite part of the trip, however, was not any of these “vacation” experiences; the part of the trip I enjoyed the most and will remember the best was visiting a local school and helping the students and teachers learn how to use Khan Academy.
I use Khan Academy every day at school, and most of the math I know I have learned from it. Khan Academy has really helped me go far in Math, and I wanted the same for the students I met in Costa Rica.
It was so cool to help other people in a different country learn how to use a tool that I use every day. We got to play with all the students there and watch them draw, speak, and learn. I had so much fun, and wanted other people to have the same experience too.
So, I decided to create a video to inspire other people to travel to Costa Rica and help students learn how to use Khan Academy. I reached out to Kerry Rodgers who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Give a Day Global. Give a Day Global’s mission is to connect international travelers with day-long volunteer opportunities. They have a webpage about volunteering to help schools in Costa Rica learn how to use Khan Academy. They knew about my video project and wanted to feature it on their website.
At school, we have a mentor program where all the older students are paired up with someone who works upstairs at Khan Academy. I have two mentors, David and Esther, and they helped me make the video. David has a lot of experience with making videos, and taught me how to make a super awesome video on iMovie. Esther and I went to a class at the local Apple store to learn how to navigate iMovie and use all the cool tools. She also helped me stay organized and on schedule.
My mentors and I made the video describing my experience in Costa Rica. We also asked William Mee, a Google employee, to be featured in the video. He shared about his experience of introducing Khan Academy to schools in Costa Rica.
I hope this video inspires people to use Khan Academy to help students in other parts of the world gain the skills they need to succeed in life.