Teacher Review for Khan Academy

Perfect for student review! Better at self paced independent learning!

James T.
Classroom teacher
Saint Benedict Prep, Chicago, Illinois
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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 Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Khan Academy for both review and introduction. On assessments, notes, or homework assignments I will provide a link to a Khan Academy video related to the content. For example, if my students are learning fractions in class, I will provide a QR code on their homework so they can re watch (as many times as needed) the lesson, as well as more practice problems before coming into class. Afterwards when I make their fraction assessment I will put both a review (over fractions) and an introduction to improper lesson, which will give them some background knowledge of what we will start next class. Not only did the parents love the review videos, but the students became much more informed about what we are doing in class and how it connects to the next lesson. Also since students view a lesson before we begin to cover it, I would have more students wanting to teach others. This allowed me to have students help other students. I even had a few students want to go further ahead so they could continue to teach other students as their "classroom job". Currently I have a teacher account and have a few students learning how to code within my class. Students work on their coding lessons at their own pace and collect badges they can use for rewards within my classroom. All the data, information, and test scores are then available to view on my account. I can see how long it took to create a code, and how many time they had to take a test in order to master it.
My Take
I am a huge fan of Khan Academy! I've been a member since college, and I have an account to review math and science information. Not only is Khan Academy a leader in educational videos, but its completely free! Its a one stop shop for students to independently learn. Khan Academy is great for a number of ways, for example; it covers every major discipline, contains thousands of quick videos, provide randomly generated quizzes, issues students rewards based on effort and mastery, and scaffolds their videos in order for students to see how certain information is connected. However, students will not always be excited to watch the videos. The videos focus on the information and do not involve anything that would distract the students. So in the end the videos are highly effective, efficient and great for those who are actively wanting to learn. But the videos are bland, causing students to not look forward to watching, or re-watching the videos until they completely learn the skill. So instead in the classroom offer more incentives for students to watch the videos on their own time.