What is Khan Academy?

6854764_orig Khan academy is a free, world class online educational website.  It is a non profit learning initiative created by Salman Khan in 2006. It offers educational videos and tutorials on a wide range of subjects. Users can watch any video or practice any skill at any time when using the site. It is a place where you can learn and refresh your learning, in a range of subjects from algebra to economics. There about 10000 problems and more than 6000 video lectures. It is a useful for students, teacher, home-tutors, and principals, adults returning to the classroom or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.

Meet the founder:

Salman khan is an Indian-American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst from MIT and Harvard University. He now teaches millions of students online and his teaching style has become so effective that he is envisioned to be the future of education. He has a small group of extremely talented, passionate, thoughtful and creative experts.

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Kids, Love it:

3Kids would find the site interesting, and they can explore the site for their enjoyment.  Most kids use it for school projects and assignments or to practice maths problems. They can easily login using their Facebook and Gmail ids. It enhances thinking and reasoning, self direction and tech skills. Kids can study math, science, social studies and arts. They can also monitor their progress from on their personal dashdoor.

 

It’s going to turn you into a math genius:

It is a self paced learning design. It is mostly famous for its math concepts. The site has unlimited number of practice exercises, organized by topic, with instant feedback and progress data for students of upper elementary school and college level. The videos are presented in an unrehearsed yet an engaging style. The math videos cover from basic skills to mastering procedure and conceptual understanding.

Library:

Students have an access to extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. Hints are embedded in each problem provide excellent scaffolding and support.

Assessment:

It also gives a statistical feedback on what you’ve learned and where you’re spending your time. The website is slightly gamified. You start earning badges and points for learning which will constantly encourage you to challenge yourself. . Parents and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and their advancement. You can get a systematic report of your class performance as whole and separate division wise assessment which will help you identify your problematic topics.

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Minutiae:

Khan academy has android and IOS apps which can be downloaded for free on your5 phone.  For students it is a complete custom, learning tool, a dynamic system for getting help which has custom profile with points, and badges to measure progress. The site is continuously growing and updated in a broad range of subjects and lessons. It has collaborations with the Stanford Medical School, and math and science explorations with NBA star LeBron James.

One wrath against khan academy is the question “Can Technology Replace Teachers?”