Teacher Review For Khan Academy

Great Math Tool

Teresa B.
Classroom teacher
Anthony Spangler Elementary School
Milpitas, CA
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My Grades 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
When I taught 6th grade, I used Khan Academy in my classroom and assigned it for homework. For homework, students would either work on assigned practice problems, or work at their own pace. If students worked at their own pace, they would follow a "path" of math problems. The "path" included basic foundational math skills, such as adding, subtracting and telling time. Once they mastered the basic skills, they would move along the "path" to more advanced skills. If students were assigned certain problems, they were to work on those skills specifically for homework. After students logged in and completed their homework, Khan Academy would generate graphs that showed: -how long it would take for a student to complete a certain problem -whether or not the students used a hint or watched a video to help them solve a problem -the student's attempted answers I would use this information to help me figure out which students were struggling and what exactly they were struggling with. Overall, I found the website useful and students were engaged.
My Take
Khan Academy is a great tool to use within your classroom or as a homework tool. This website has tutorial videos and practice problems that help students fill in gaps in their learning or help them to move ahead. Students earn badges and awards as they complete problems.