Teacher Review For Khan Academy

Excellent problems and practice, less useful for the videos themselves.

Ebinezer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Leadership Public Schools - Hayward
Hayward, CA
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
Summer school, during school, and after school as a resource for students. Rotational model in classroom.
My Take
The problems and practice section of Khan Academy (KA) are superb. I've watched students get deeply engaged in this work and be very productive in "teaching themselves" via trying out problems, taking hints, and learning from their mistakes and successes. The fact that it is free, so comprehensive, and has great engineering and design behind the scenes helps a lot. The "lectures" or videos that Sal produces are less "sticky" for students. They tend not to want to spend class time watching the videos. An accidental lesson learned from Khan Academy may be that students need challenges and problems, a few resources and the ability to collaborate more than they need "explanations" of how to do math.