Khan Academy

Overview

Khan Academy provides anyone, anywhere free access to a high quality learning experience

  • What does the product do?

    • Teaches specific learning modules via short videos (each video is ~10 minutes long)
    • Students can practice their skills through topic exercises anytime, and earn badges/points as they progress
    • Initial focus on math and science; now building out content in humanities
  • How does it work?

    • Free product delivered on the web and through applications on mobile devices
  • How is it used?

    • Used by schools in multiple blended learning pilots started by teachers and directly by Khan Academy (e.g., has 25 pilot schools running)
    • Also used outside typical school context as a supplemental tool to support specific learning goals / afterschool learning (e.g., need an explanation of multiplication)
  • What is the background?

    • Started by Sal Khan in 2006
    • Non-profit, receiving over $5M grants. Google and Gates are significant supporters

 

 

 

 

What's New

 

Khan Academy is innovative in its accessibility, letting students learn at their own pace and transparency to parents and teachers

  • Students have access to high quality content for free from anywhere
    • Free online collection of >3,000 video micro lectures across topics and over 300 practice exercises in Math
    • Content is accessible via a browser or using the Khan Academy iPad app
    • Content can also be downloaded (for schools with connectivity constraints)
  • Students progress through lessons at their own pace, earning badges and “leveling up” as they progress
    • Self-paced tool allows students to navigate through modules at their own pace and sequence
    • Leverages game mechanics – students earn badges and points based on mastery
  • Students, parents, and teachers can see a student’s mastery of specific topics in one easy view
    • Online formative exercises measure student’s mastery of specific topics
    • Parents, teachers, and students can view skill-specific student and cohort data to isolate problematic topics and enable targeted interventions

 

What's Working

 

Khan Academy has improved access, created an engaging student experience and increased teacher time for individual student support

  • Students and teachers across the world are incorporating Khan Academy into their school curricula
    • Used in 14,000 classrooms in 2,000 schools across the world
    • 471,000 users in groups or cohorts of 10 students or more
    • Khan Academy iPad app downloaded 600,000 times less than two weeks after launch
    • Khan Academy has been a great tool for raising the bar in my classroom. I love the clarity and simplicity of the videos. Sometimes we watch the videos together in class - Sal has a way of explaining math that just can't be beat.” – Teacher
  • Students are motivated to learn more and move through the content
    • Some 5th graders in Los Altos are doing calculus, while struggling students in KIPP have been able to catch up three grade levels in math in just 6 months
    • [My son] begs for permission to get on Khan Academy the way he used to beg for more time with the Nintendo. The challenge of learning a new skill, besting his completion streaks, and earning badges has been a god-send.” – Parent
  • Teachers are spending more time interpreting student performance and making targeted interventions for individual students
    • Khan Academy has given me the flexibility to challenge advanced students with projects and devote quality 1:1 time with others struggling on a topic. Peer-support has also grown dynamically” – Teacher