It's very empowering to have time to teach STUDENTS rather than teach CONCEPTS. Love Khan Academy! ~ Shelby, 7th grade math teacher, Idaho
Teachers are critical in a Khan Academy classroom
Teachers provide the human element to inspire, motivate and guide students through their learning paths. There are some people who believe that technology in education diminishes the importance of teachers. At Khan Academy, we see technology as a way to aid educators in providing more differentiated engagement in their class.
The teachers we have seen implement Khan Academy are bright, innovative, and creative, and they take their classrooms to greater learning heights. They use technology as a tool to make their classrooms more personalized, more mastery-based, and more interactive.
Shifting from lecturer to domain expert, master coach, and mentor
In a personalized, mastery-based learning environment, the role of the teachers is elevated. Responding to the needs of many learners goes beyond classroom management and a lesson plan. Teachers can be much more responsive to the data and problem solve for every learner individually.
Technology allows the role to evolve to allow teachers to minimize time grading homework or giving the same lecture, and instead use real-time data to ensure time is used most effectively. Khan Academy provides the tools so you can do what you went into teaching to do - to personally interact with and provide guidance to every student, and to engage students in collaborative activities and interactions. Technology will not replace teachers, but empower you to be great mentors to your students.
This can be a challenging transition to let go of control over pace of the content, however, teachers who do make the transition enjoy the increased time with each learner.
Given the importance of educators, why do we call them a "coach" on Khan Academy? When kids win, coaches celebrate with them; when they lose, the coach is there to comfort and to find a lesson in defeat. Coaches are there to support and nurture development.