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Khan Academy is a free education program, which offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning environment to allow students to study at their own pace at home or at school. It boasts a complete K-12 curriculum across math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and more. The app also helps educators identify a student’s strengths and learning gaps.
What we think
With the use of visual supports and motivators, Khan Academy provides a highly structured and supportive learning environment across age and skill levels.
Khan Academy requires the student to set up an account so they can begin at a point of interest/ability and track their progress as they go through the content. Students can access a dashboard which reviews their recent activity and suggests recommended tasks to do next.
The app could be used at home or at school as an education supplement, or in some cases as a curriculum adjustment/alternative. The app can be used to create a customised curriculum that a student can progress through over time.
Students can earn badges and “energy points” towards target goals. Students also receive positive feedback via on-screen messages.
Khan Academy is suitable for any school age student who is able to navigate through the content unassisted or with support. Adults may also enjoy using the app to learn about (or revise) many different topics.
The difficulty and range of topics can be changed based on user’s skill-level and experience.
Yes, the app focuses on numeracy and literacy as an educational supplement.
Khan Academy is currently made up of mostly American content, e.g. emphasis on American history, geography, etc., as well as US spelling, and also the accents in the instructional videos are predominately American – Non-US users may prefer more localised content.
It’s amazing that a free app can provide support for learning foundation math all the way to advanced calculus, not to mention many other subjects. It’s great to see lots of visual supports (e.g. diagrams and videos) that will suit visual learners too.