Teacher Review For Khan Academy

Useful tool for individuals

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School support staff
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have used this site to illustrate/reiterate parts of a lesson in the classroom. Changing gears like this often works to reengage students if the transition doesn't take too long (be sure to cue up the appropriate video prior to beginning the lesson) I have also recommended students use this as a resource if they are stumped on course work outside of class. I think very few have actually taken the opportunity. In the future I plan to actually assign specific videos with a follow up check on learning worksheet as extra credit.
My Take
This is a tool mostly for individual development, but it can have other applications. I have used this tool on my own (to brush up on subjects outside my discipline), for advanced students working ahead, and sometimes as a guideline when I'm stumped on how to best setup a lesson plan. It also is great for when there is a student that would benefit from seeing something from a different point of view. This really is a tool mostly for individuals. I have found a couple of illustrations/demonstrations that were a good talking point in class, however I think the best way to use this tool is as a supplement to material for use outside the classroom. I like how well the lessons are split logically. So if the viewer is only unsure of a certain concept they can select only that lesson to watch. I do wonder though if the same technique (a charismatic instructor using real world examples to explain material in a logical and effective manner) would benefit from using a school aged person to conduct the video lesson.