Monday, February 11, 2013

Tech Tips 12: Khan Academy

Tech Tips
Issue 12

This Tech Tip will look at a great online teaching resource.  Khan Academy has thousands of videos and online learning activities for all ages.  These resources can be used at school or home for introduction, review, or reinforcement of Math and Science skills.   

What is Khan Academy?

The Khan Academy is a “learn at your own pace” Math and Science resource web site.  It started out when the founder Sal Khan was helping his cousins with math classes and posted some of the videos to YouTube.  Since then it has grow to thousands of videos and many self-paced online activities.  The videos and activities cover everything from one-plus-one to Calculus.  Some teachers have even been using Khan Academy as homework and having the students practicing the concepts in class the next day (flipping classrooms).

Visit for a great overview.

For Teachers: Khan Academy offers great introduction, review, and re-teaching videos and activities for all ages.  These are fantastic resources to see a lesson in a different way or have unlimited access to teaching resources.  Khan Academy can be used by the teacher to show instructional videos to the whole class or even have individualized instruction through student accounts.  Once a teacher sets up an account it can be used to monitor student progress.  Teachers become “Coaches” in Khan Academy and have access to view all activities and progress of students. 

Below is a link to view videos to set up student accounts and have students add you as their coach.

For Students: Students can revisit concepts they may have difficulty with or just need to review.  Also, they can learn upcoming concepts and to prepare for future class lessons.  Khan Academy engages students of all ages with rewards such as Badges, Avatars, and Points earned.  These are un-lockable through completing activities and viewing relevant instructional videos.

For Parents: Parents can see student progress the same as teachers can, as well as view additional help in math and science concepts

Visit Khan Academy to get started: