I want to expand the reach of human knowledge and ability.
Right now, I’m trying to empower students. I lead the Early Product Development team at Khan Academy, where we’re exploring solutions to open problems in education.
My present work at Khan Academy draws on work from a research group I co-directed with May-Li Khoe. For a taste of that work, see Numbers at Play (an interactive report on digital math manipulatives) or Playful Worlds of Creative Math (exploring designs for joyous, creative math environments).
I write essays about thinking, learning, making, and more. A few:
“Blinded by how,” a personal cautionary tale on the subtle but serious dangers of neglecting “why” for “how”.
“Exalting data, missing meaning,” on the tangled dance of expert insight and data in unsystematized fields.
“Satisfaction and progress in open-ended work,” on finding steady ground in creative ambiguity.
“Musical tone and perceived disonnance,” on why we associate musical dissonance with tension.
Read on at Square Signals.
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