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Khan Academy

By Sally Finley - Posted Jan 1, 2013
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Company: Khan Academy, P.O. Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042; Website: www.khanacademy.org.

Price: Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization. All of the site’s resources are available to all users. There is no charge for any of the features or services.

Audience: Khan Academy is designed to be used by learners of any age, although current topics seem most appropriate for children in the intermediate grades and above. Children may enroll using Google Apps for Education, which allows for managed accounts to students younger than 13 or by logging in through a parent account at www.khanacademy.org/createchild.

Format: Khan Academy can be accessed using various devices: website, www.khanacademy.org; iPad, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-watch.-practice./id469863705?mt=8Data; iTunesU, http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewiTunesUInstitution ?id=391034778.

System Requirements: Khan Academy requires a web connection and runs entirely in the browser. It needs no special software and can be used on laptops, Chromebooks, netbooks, iPads, and other tablet devices.

Description: Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long. Interactive quizzes assess student understanding. A management option permits monitoring of student progress.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is easy and quick. The site requires a login and password. Verification to open an account is required through email. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features:

• Video library: More than 3,500 videos cover topics such as math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep. New topics continue to be added.

• Exercises: Randomly generated problems provide practice exercises based on skill levels. Step-by-step video hints and suggested videos provide immediate feedback.

• Data: Real-time data on student performance is available to teachers, mentors, or parents.

• Knowledge Map: The map shows all the challenges, skills, and concepts being taught. Students can use the map as a starting point. Challenges combine the concepts from multiple, smaller skills.

• User profile: Teachers and parents can access student data and get a summary of class performance as a whole or focus on a particular student’s profile. Students earn badges and points as they successfully complete quizzes.

An iPad app is available. Students can use their Google and Facebook logins to access the site. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Any computer with a web browser will work. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: An internet site provides support and information. FAQs provide answers to commonly asked questions. A blog provides current updates and latest developments. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Khan Academy is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn content in a specific content area. Using technology, teachers now have a tool to push learning to new levels. Students can accelerate their learning through an individualized approach at their own pace. A major advantage is that teachers will have more time for interactive projects that engage their students. The program can be used in a variety of settings from classroom to learning labs and after-school programs.

Khan Academy is not a drill-and-practice program; it empowers students to choose what they need to work on and take ownership for their own learning.

The teacher management feature is an excellent way for teachers and parents to monitor student progress. Profiles are readily available to review. Progress is measured through a custom profile, points, and badges.

The use of Khan Academy frees up the teacher, allowing more time for interactive activities that focus on creativity, leadership, and teamwork, reflecting the flipped classroom model.

One unique feature is the use of volunteers to translate, monitor community questions, subtitle in other languages, and add exchanges on a story page.

I highly recommend this program to any teacher or parent looking for a way to teach specific skills to their children. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Email: sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.

 


 
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