Teacher Review for Khan Academy

Great for supporting individualized learning pathways in mathematics and beyond.

Jason S.
Classroom teacher
Odyssey Charter Elementary School
Denver, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use Khan for homework and classwork. Students are encouraged to pull up videos, tutorials, and skills practice to help meet our classroom learning targets. I use Khan'ss extensive data backend to pinpoint the strengths of my students as well as areas where they need more support. The data helps me use my precious face-to-face teaching time more efficiently. I also use Khan to promote a ""flipped classroom"". Assigning videos and tutorials for homework frees up class time to clear up misconceptions and provide better support to all students.
My Take
Khan Academy has so much to offer students. What started with simple instructional videos has grown into a robust platform for supporting students in many subject areas. Students can still watch the videos, but now Khan offers scaffolded practice with a strong ""hint"" function, sequenced tutorials, and some assessments. The tutorials, such as ""Negative Number Basics"" are a sequence of mini-lessons and adaptive math practice. These tutorial have been extremely useful for my students this year! Khan offers structured and differentiated support that compliments a more traditional math classroom. On the downside, my students do get tired of watching the Khan videos. For younger students, the videos are not as engaging as they could be, especially if they are referenced frequently.