Video: Salman Khan Speaks at Monta Vista High, Elaborates on Educational Philosophy

On Jan. 6, students enrolled in Monta Vista (my high school) were graced by the presence of Salman Khan; no, not the Bollywood actor, but the founder of Khan Academy, a website hosting thousands of educational videos on nigh all high school subjects, and a few collegiate-level ones, too. As a reporter (as well as news editor and webmaster) for El Estoque, Monta Vista’s student news website, I scrambled with my fellow co-workers and assembled two videos covering Khan’s visit. The first video, located directly below, highlights snippets of Khan’s speech on his not-for-profit educational venture.

After his speech, I, along with a few other reporters, sat Khan down for an in-depth interview about his opinions concerning the current state of education and his reformatory ideas on how to improve it.

Both videos were originally published on www.elestoque.org and have been shared under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license. I posed questions to Khan during the video interview and, along with Kevin Tsukii, compiled and edited the footage for both videos. Footage was filmed by Carissa Chan, Christophe Haubursin, Nona Penner and Lisa Zhang. Additional reporting was done by Aafreen Mahmood.

Holding off on WordPress 3.3

Although WordPress 3.3 does have a slew of new, neat features, smoother back-end navigation and an improved media uploader among them, I’ve decided to stay on the reliable ol’ 3.2 for the time being — I’ll let others test the 3.3 waters for me before I take the leap myself. While most have updated to 3.3 without any hitches, some have complained about plugins breaking. While that in itself should be resolvable, a broken theme would spell disaster, especially for a publication like El Estoque; WooThemes’, well, themes seem fairly compatible with 3.3, although some are facing issues with the media uploader.

WordPress 3.3.1, released just today, did fix some 15 bugs and resolved a security issue, but I’ll wait until the dust settles before upgrading just to be safe.

Update (Feb. 20, 11:03 a.m.): I’ve updated both elestoque.org and this blog to WordPress 3.3.1, and everything is running smoothly, no hiccups whatsoever.