"When you get all that data - that is really easy to access - it pushes you to say, "Maybe this lesson that I thought was good for my whole class is only good for 20% of my class. I should go back and think about what I'm really asking my students to do." - Jesse Roe, math teacher, Summit Public Schools
Data is powerful.
Khan Academy provides information showing you what your students are doing and the pace they are moving at. The transparency the data provides challenges teachers to be even more responsive to their students' needs. Figuring out how to use data to inform your instruction is at the core of being able to personalize instruction and solidify foundational concepts.
Uses of Khan Academy data
Diagnostic gaps: Leverage Khan Academy to identify gaps in understanding of key concepts, particularly at the beginning of the school year similar to a diagnostic to baseline where the class is.
Targeted intervention: More quickly identify students who are struggling with a specific concept. This identification along with other data can help you select which approach might work best - peer tutoring with a proficient student, a 1-1 session you and that student, a small group lesson with other students who are struggling or perhaps something else.
Diagnosis of learning challenges: Deep dive into a student's misconceptions and see step-by-step how they answered a problem and when they took hints. You can see if they zoomed through the hints or if they spent a lot of time in-between. You know if they viewed the video, and how many problems they attempted. The transparency of these actions enables you to pinpoint conceptual misunderstandings, as well as help pinpoint learners' behavioral or confidence issues.
Real-time motivation: Use Khan Academy to motivate your students. The Energy Points report has been the source of competition, collaboration, inspiration and celebration. One teacher told us, "My 4th grade class regularly goes to the computer lab to use Khan Academy. I keep the energy points report projected on the board tto motivate students and it's like a game to see if we can beat our average. When we passed ONE MILLION points, we all stopped to watch the numbers change, and everyone cheered. I have never seen my students so excited."
- Explore a populated class-level data set using our Coach Demo. Click the “ACCESS DEMO” button (if you are already signed in to your own account, click LOGOUT AND ACCESS DEMO). You might notice that the "class" is Khan Academy employees!