Sometimes people hear that Khan Academy provides online learning and immediately jump to conclusions about what that means. We'd like to clarify a few of those misconceptions.
What does it REALLY cost to use Khan Academy?
Nothing! We are a non-profit on a mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. That means we aim to keep all of our resources available at zero cost. We do not have contracts nor ads nor spam, so that learners, classrooms, and schools can immediately sign up and focus on learning. We are funded through the generosity of donors and foundations that also believe that free access to a quality education is a fundamental human right.
What is the big deal about Khan Academy's content?
The part that gets educators MOST excited, is not just free, high-quality content, but the transparency into how their students are learning using REAL-TIME data to facilitate mastery-based, personalized teaching.
If you are curious about our content, our resources include:
- Mini-lessons comprised of short videos, practice questions, and explorations across subjects from math, science, finance, history and art
- Interactive math practice aligned to Common Core standards
- A versatile computer science platform for all ages
We should note that many of our classrooms are focused on math because that is where our content is richest. In math, we have offer practice for skills from basic addition up to calculus, as well as detailed data and summaries to show exactly how learners are progressing. We plan to eventually to build out this level of content to practice skills for other subjects.
We strongly believe that teachers are essential in the learning process.
Khan Academy is one resource that educators use to improve how students learn. It is a resource that elevates the role of teacher; it is not a replacement for a teacher. Whole group instruction is made more effective to free up teachers to spend even more time directly interacting with students and challenging them with applications of learning.
Learning is meant to be personalized, mastery-based, interactive and exploratory
While some might imagine that online learning means that students are learning remotely or solitarily in front of a computer, Khan Academy learning environments are human. They are full of activity: peer tutoring, small group instruction and hands-on learning. Khan Academy classrooms take full advantage that there is a teacher and peers to learn from, blending technology into a classroom setting. The data that KA offers alongside its content makes this more possible than ever before.