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One Great Idea Made Reality

KHAN ACADEMY

I just learned about Khan Academy, a non-profit organization on a mission. Their goal is to change education for the better. How are they doing this? By providing world-class education to anyone anywhere for free.

You can be a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or someone who just loves to learn. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to all completely free of charge.

Can you learn things related to real estate and home ownership? Yes! Check out the Credit Crisis section that discusses the Housing Conundrum, the Housing Price Conundrum and more. See the Finance section for information about Renting vs. Buying a home and home equity loans.

Back to the fact that this is education for anyone anywhere. Students can make use of the extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy site.

Unemployed? Looking to make a job change? Returning to work after an absence? Check out the Brain Teasers section which is reported to be useful for many job interviews.

This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find at Khan Academy. There is currently over 2100 educational videos available. Viewership stands at about 24,000,000. See why Bill Gates is a fan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to support this endeavor. Visit the Kahn Academy website (link below) to find out more about how these lessons are inspiring children (and adults) to learn!

www.khanacademy.org

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Old Excelsior Public School Building in Excelsior Minnesota

This building was built, according to tax records, in 1898, and sits on just under an acre of land. It’s a beautiful building in the Twin Cities area in Excelsior, Minnesota. It’s now used as commercial space and is a wonderful example of building re-use and adaptation. It’s architectural details are varied and numerous. It looks like a bell tower on the top. If only the bell were still in place. It could ring the hours of the day.

Old Excelsior Public School by Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior Minnesota

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society has their offices here. The Society’s museum and archives are free and open to the public. It was founded in 1972 and serves the communities of Excelsior, Tonka Bay, Deephaven, Shorewood and Greenwood. It’s nice to know one can still learn in the former school building.

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

Flagpole at Old Excelsior Public School Building in Excelsior Minnesota

The flagpole is still on the site. It reaches up into the trees. There was no flag flying on the day that I took this photo. I’m not sure one ever does with the tree branches being of the same height. I find it comforting that both the tree and the pole are here, honoring the life and history of each of them.

On another note, Art on the Lake, an art fair, takes place this weekend, June 12th-13th, in Excelsior. There are free shuttles from the Minnetonka High School. The event takes place at Excelsior Commons, a large park area next to Lake Minnetonka. And if you find it too wet with the rain, head on over to the Old Excelsior Public School Building to learn more about the area’s history.

Art on the Lake

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