Sponsored by YouTube EDU, in partnership with the Khan Academy, Carleton University math professor Kevin Cheung has won the Khan Academy Prize of $1,000 as part of the Next EDU Guru contest. He was one of only three Canadians among 10 finalists in the contest for innovative educational videos.
Cheung created the Math Apptician channel with videos on the mathematics behind popular apps called Mathapptics. Often asked about the value of a math degree, Cheung began looking for a perfect teaching app to improve his lectures. Not able to find an app that met his needs, he began writing his own. His teaching app is now an indispensable tool for his lectures. The more apps he wrote, the more he recognized how much math was involved. This awareness lead to Mathapptics, an exciting new program to motivate students.
“The whole experience has been like a dream,“ said Cheung. “I started the channel in August and to be discovered within such a short time confirms that I am on the right track. In a way, being selected as the winner of the Khan Academy Prize is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in teaching at Carleton. It is also a testament to the fact that we are continually reflecting on our approach to math education. As the channel continues to grow, I hope that it will bring a new level of excitement to learning math both at Carleton and elsewhere.”
YouTube Next EDU Guru is a development program that provides training and mentoring to the next generation of educational content creators, from math whizzes to grammar buffs. Selected participants take part in a special training camp, held in conjunction with the Khan Academy, at YouTube HQ.
Next EDU Guru is available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Read more about the program guidelines.
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