TED Talk about Khan Academy
Demonstration of Educational Value
Interactive Learning via the Khan Academy
Khan Academy's use of Goals and Achievements
Setting up a Teacher/ Coach Account
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Khan Academy is film based educational website which is used to teach various subjects through a variety of videos. It allows for a free education through a serious a videos and the ability to learn anything is one of the crucial things that makes it important in the educational world. Khan Academy also has interactive activities of various levels of math which make for an excellent learning program. The ability to test your math skills through these activities after learning about it through the videos is one of the reasons Khan Academy why it is one of the fastest growing educational sites in the world. Through the next several years, expect the Khan Academy to continue to develop its curriculum and continue to grow into new areas of educational studies. Through various lesson plans and different educational meaning throughout the page, we hope to provide you with a better understanding of Khan Academy and its values to the educational world. We highlight some of the things that make Khan Academy a necessary addition to your classroom whether it be kindergarten or seniors in high school.
Founder Sal Khan
Khan Academy started from an idea that a man, Sal Khan, had to tutor his niece who was struggling in mathematics at seventh grade level. Since he did not live anywhere near her, he decided to tutor her over video monitoring and different application. Soon, it successfully caught her up and then even put her ahead of the other students in the class. After this, he began to tutor her brothers in different subjects through the same technology. Word soon got around about this type of tutoring and people were clamoring for his videos. As he started to produce more videos, he eventually started to take more of his time up and started to become his full time job. What was an original grassroots operation has now grown to over 3000 videos and several full time employees that work on the site.
Ted Talk about Khan Academy">Ted Talk about Khan Academy
This is a TED talk about the Khan Academy by the founder. Below the Ted Talk is also a sample video from Khan Academy.
Here is the Sample video about some simple Math.
Demonstration of Educational Value">Demonstration of Educational Value
Khan Academy is a great source of technology. It allows students to practice different activities and tells them if they solved it correctly. Students can also watch videos that explain different processes. It is very relevant for teachers to use khanacademy.org to help students gain a better understanding for the topics discussed in class. Parents can even have their children practice khanacademy.org at home and when a student seems to be struggling in a particular area. Teachers would not have to grade the assignments either because the website does it for you. Khan academy would make a great addition to technology in the classroom. People can learn so much through using Khan Academy. After discovering that Khan Academy had various math topics, it helped explain a complex math problem that one of our own group members could not figure out of his or her own. The lesson plans created for use with Khan Academy not only teach the children simple addition but it would also teach them how to use the computer to do their math assignments on Khan Academy. It also helps to complete the Indiana Standard for Kindergarten Math Computation along with other standards. Children will easily be able to use the same website to understand simple subtraction to fully complete the standard. Overall, this website would be really effective and efficient to use in this lesson plan.
Interactive Learning via the Khan Academy">Interactive Learning via the Khan Academy
Khan Academy has extended its reach on the learning community beyond just videos and now has interactive learning activities. Khan Academy has evolved beyond videos to include a program that allows for students to do programs. Included below is a couple of screenshots to illustrate the points of how interactive learning is done throughout the website. After you have created an account, go to the tab on the top titled practice and then explore the learning map. You can then select a math concept that you are struggling with like addition or subtraction. Below the screen shot of the interactive map is a screen shot of addition 1 which is the most basic math lesson on the website. It has various problems which asks you, lets you fill in the correct answer, and then explains if it is correct or not. Now not all of the lesson plans are this simple which is what makes the Khan Academy great, the map includes wide variety of math subjects which range from simple to very complicated.
In an article, it talks about how a ten year old is able to do advanced math through the Khan Academy which many of his contemporaries are not able to do. He is able to work through the various lesson plans on Khan Academy at his own pace. The implementation of these various programs add a new perspective on how to learn math at various paces through a website and will be used more widely in the years to come.
Lesson Plans">Lesson Plans
Below are some sample lesson plans that could be incorporated into a classroom using Khan Academy.
Khan Academy's use of Goals and Achievement">Khan Academy's use of Goals and Achievement
As soon as a person logs into Khan Academy for the first time that person has a series of goals and achievements available for motivation. To see these goals and achievements the first step is to log into an account and view the account settings.
To see your account click on your username. Seen as the red box in this screen shot.
From there you will see this screen. From here we will now look at the achievement section. To do this click on the achievements tab which is shown below in the red box.
This should be the screen that you now can see. It shows the achievements that you can earn through watch the Khan Academy website. All you need to do to complete these is to follow the directions below the achievement.
The next section show the goals section of Khan Academy. Its tab is shown below in the red box. It is located just below the achievement tab.
You should now be at the goals section. Currently this is in beta testing but the concept is very simple. All you have to do is follow the directions given for the goal and accomplish that goal. As you can see you can even make your own goals and set up benchmarks to achieving them.
This section is now complete enjoy using the goals and achievement options of Khan Academy.
Setting up a Teacher/ Coach Account">Setting up a Teacher/ Coach Account
How to Create a Teacher Profile on Khan Academy:
- Type KhanAcademy.com into your web browser
- Once you are on the website click where it says coach on the top right.
- Once you click coach you will see a page that looks like this…
- You will then want to sign in using your preferably your Google Account.
- If you do not have a Google Account then you should create one.
- After you sign in using your Google Account you should see this screen
- When you see that screen, you have successfully created a teacher account
- Now, y ou can then begin to explore the toolkit and find how to have your students add you as their teacher and begin using the site successfully.
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