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  • - Hi everyone, Sal Khan here.

  • Welcome to the daily home room.

  • For those of y'all who don't know what this is,

  • you're just showing up off from Facebook or YouTube.

  • This is something that we started

  • once we started seeing mass school closures

  • and it's really a way for all of us to stay connected.

  • Obviously Khan Academy as a not-for-profit

  • with a mission of providing

  • free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

  • Over the last many years we've been building resources,

  • that we've saw students use both outside of school

  • and inside of school with teachers.

  • And we could've never foreseen this crisis,

  • but when it started happening

  • we realized given our mission,

  • it's our duty to step up in any way possible

  • to support you the student, the teacher and the parent.

  • And so we've been putting out webinars

  • to help parents and teachers get set up.

  • We've been issuing daily schedules,

  • we just issued some learning plans last week

  • and we also thought it'd be fun to have something like this,

  • just a way to stay connected

  • and times with social distancing

  • and talk about interesting subjects.

  • It might be related to Khan Academy.

  • It might be education generally,

  • it might be just how do we make...

  • How do we navigate this crisis that we're going through.

  • I will give my the plug that I give every day,

  • remind everyone that we are supported

  • through philanthropic donations

  • from folks like yourself.

  • So if you're in a position to please think about donating,

  • I want to give a special shout out

  • to several corporations who've stepped up

  • in the last few weeks.

  • Bank of America stepped up that first weekend

  • when it was clear that

  • we were gonna have the school closings,

  • Google.org, AT&T, Novartis,

  • if any of you represent corporations

  • please reach out to us.

  • We were running a deficit even before this crisis

  • and our costs have gone up since then

  • and there's all sorts of things

  • we wanna do and accelerate forward

  • but we're only going to be able to do it

  • if we're able to get more support.

  • And thank you for the many thousands of people

  • who've donated over the last few weeks.

  • It all makes a difference

  • and allows us to accelerate our work.

  • So the focus of today,

  • I have a very fun guest

  • who's a close friend of mine

  • and also does very important work in the world.

  • We have Jim Steyer from Common Sense Media, hi Jim.

  • - Hi Sal and great to be here

  • and by the way, you should give money to Khan Academy

  • it is a fabulous organization

  • and its tires are donors.

  • We're a not-for-profit

  • but there's nobody better than Sal Khan Academy.

  • He's right about that.

  • - I did not tell Jim to say that,

  • but that's why we are close friends he knows.

  • So first one on this conversation,

  • I'm gonna ask you a few questions

  • about Common Sense Media generally

  • and maybe some of the things that we're doing together

  • and how we're navigating the crisis.

  • But if anyone has questions,

  • feel free to go on YouTube and Facebook

  • and our team members will surface questions

  • if you have questions for Jim

  • about his work at Common Sense Media

  • or any questions for me as well.

  • But Jim, maybe a good place to start.

  • Tell folks what Common Sense Media is

  • and why you started it.

  • Okay, so we are a nonprofit organization

  • and really the leading kids media

  • and advocacy organization in the U S.

  • I started it cause I'm a former school teacher.

  • And at Stanford prof

  • who cares a ton about really educating families

  • and kids in general

  • but also about the impact of media

  • and technology on their lives.

  • I started at 15 years ago.

  • We do three things.

  • We rate, educate and advocate.

  • So for folks out there in the audience who know us,

  • we've made every movie TV, video game, website,

  • book, music, you name it

  • Common Sense rates it and gives you information

  • so parents can make better choices for their kids.

  • The educate part of our work is

  • we created the field of

  • digital citizenship, digital literacy.

  • So we have a curriculum

  • in most of the schools in the United States

  • about the safe, ethical, responsible use of media

  • and technology at home and in the classroom.

  • And then finally, we're a leading child advocacy group

  • that advocates for everything like

  • everybody having Wi-Fi and broadband.

  • Every student in America having access to Khan Academy,

  • these kinds of resources

  • and also on issues like education and healthcare

  • and all these issues that matter to kids and families

  • who are in the U S

  • so a big nonprofit just like Khan Academy

  • and a huge fan of Khan Academy and Sal.

  • - We're fans of you and all of the work y'all do as well.

  • And so to make it tangible for a lot of folks,

  • I use Common Sense Media with my own family

  • when I'm just trying to find good stuff for them.

  • We're doing movie nights once a week now

  • with all the social distancing

  • and we turn to Common Sense Media a lot for that.

  • What are some of the things,

  • and I know we have some stuff going on together as well,

  • but where's... what were y'all focused on

  • before this crisis hit

  • and how has that evolved to some degree since then?

  • - Okay, great question Sal.

  • So basically before the crisis hit

  • we had this big consumer platform,

  • but 100 million people on it

  • trying to figure out what movies to watch

  • for their kids on movie night

  • or what video games were appropriate

  • for a 12 year old et cetera.

  • And we were in most of the schools in the U S

  • basically working with teachers and educators saying,

  • here's how to use the internet.

  • Here's how to use cell phones and social media

  • in a really responsible way.

  • And when this crisis hit,

  • one of the first things we thought was like wow

  • we need to work with Khan Academy.

  • But we also thought wouldn't it be great

  • to create one central hub

  • where schools could go and where families could go

  • get fined at one click of a button.

  • The best educational resources

  • could deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

  • So along with the support of folks like Khan Academy,

  • we created Wide Open School.org,

  • which is this new platform

  • our colleagues at Amplify helped build the platform.

  • And then honestly, we link to the best content out there,

  • Khan Academy, national geographic,

  • Sesame street, et cetera.

  • And the idea was make it really easy for parents

  • and students who are at home

  • and we're doing distance learning

  • and also for schools around the United States

  • to have one central place

  • where they could get the content they wanted

  • and actually to do homeschooling.

  • And as you mentioned, Sal,

  • having a daily schedule and you there

  • is really important cause everybody's at home right now

  • and trying to do learning from home

  • and whether they're on Khan Academy

  • or Wide Open School, it's just how

  • we're just trying to help everybody

  • learn from home and we think this is gonna be

  • changing the nature of education long-term.

  • Just like Khan Academy changed the nature of education

  • when Sal founded Khan Academy.

  • - Well, what's your sense, a lot of questions.

  • I'm having a lot of conversations these days

  • obviously about the whole virus generally,

  • but how do you think this is going to play out

  • over the next several weeks or months,

  • especially in relation to school

  • and kids maybe generally speaking?

  • - I actually think that ultimately we're gonna listen

  • and we're here in California, Sal.

  • So we've had a governor really step forward

  • and mayors and stuff.

  • I think we're gonna be sad to say,

  • I think we're gonna be learning from home

  • for the rest of the school year for sure.

  • And I think that even for the rest of 2020

  • much of learning is gonna be online much more than normal.

  • And therefore everybody out there

  • is gonna need to be able to access the internet

  • is gonna be able to access resources like Khan Academy.

  • And so I think this is gonna last longer than normal

  • and I think it's really important for all of us.

  • I have four children, Sal I know you're a doubting dad to.

  • I think we have to explain to our kids that

  • we're gonna be at home,

  • it's good family time,

  • but we're gonna need to figure out how to do school.

  • Also how to take breaks and get exercise

  • and not sit in front of a screen all day long.

  • So I think this is gonna last longer than we think.

  • I think for example, it's gonna probably affect summers

  • and a lot of us are gonna probably do some more at home

  • than we were planning on.

  • I know my kids who are a little older than your kids Sal,

  • they are in college and grad school

  • and they are taking their classes at home and I...

  • their summer jobs have changed.

  • So I sad to say, I think we're gonna have to figure out

  • how to work with this over the four months.

  • I don't think it's just gonna be weeks.

  • I think it'll be a few months to be honest.

  • Cause of the virus.

  • - Yeah, and we're getting some comments off of YouTube

  • Tuzeta Roro says, I have been using this with my kids.

  • I think they're referring to

  • either Common Sense or Wide Open School.

  • And I've been using this with my kids this week

  • and it helps me feel less guilty about screen time.

  • Actually that's an interesting issue.

  • How do you think about coping with screen-time guilt?

  • I'm happy to give my own views on that.

  • Although I'm conflicted.

  • What are your thoughts about that as a parent and an expert?

  • - So I actually, I'd love to hear what you think you Sal

  • as parent and an expert.

  • So definitely you're gonna have more screen time right now.

  • There's just no question

  • because literally my kids

  • are going to school online right now,

  • so they're going to be in front of a screen

  • more than they are.

  • And as Common Sense where we're the leading spokespeople

  • on this issue about balance and moderation

  • when it comes to screen time.

  • And by the way, it's a really important message,

  • but I think that we have to understand

  • these are unique circumstances.

  • So I do think that we should let up on

  • some of the hard and fast rules

  • we want our kids going to school doing online learning.

  • We want them using Khan Academy resources.