This week, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim unveiled his new Spanish-language online learning program called App-prende. You can read more about it at Quartz’s article, One of the richest men on Earth is paying for the poor to learn carpentry and art history online.
I spent a little time exploring it and, overall, it obviously has a lot of potential, but there is a long way to go…
He previously funded the Khan Academy to create Spanish-language versions of their videos, and those are on this new site, too. I didn’t spend time, though, trying to figure out if there is any difference between what he has on App-prende and what Khan has on their Spanish-language site. Those videos can be very helpful to English Language Learners, especially in the context of the Preview, View, Review instructional strategy.
I think the health videos could be useful to parents of our students.
Though it’s limited, I was intrigued by the site’s section on professional development for teachers. It included sections on how to apply project-based learning, for example.
I found the section on history surprising disappointing, with only images of historical documents. The table of contents for the culture section appeared much more interesting, but none of the links worked.
I’m assuming the site will be considerably beefed-up in the future. It will be interesting to watch its development.