Teacher Review For Khan Academy

Wealth of tutorial videos, with some nice surprises too

Chava A.
Special Education Instructor
MTJ, New York, NY
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My Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use the more interesting videos (such as "doodling in math") to build interest or as a reward for good behavior during learning. I also assign students tutorial videos if they need to learn alone for various reasons, and then we review afterward to clear up whatever they didn't grasp. I love that videos can be downloaded on their ipad app, so I can use it in the classroom with no internet access.
My Take
It's rare to find so much material offered for free on such an accessible platform. The lesson videos are good for students who miss a lesson, flipped learning, or those who need extra instruction or review. The narration is not super exciting, but has a bit of personality instead of being just dry information. Favorite part: There are some lessons on less-traditional topics that get students engaged in unexpected ways, e.g. the "Doodling in Math" series which made my math-averse students light up in math class!