Students who find themselves in prisons, jails, and correctional facilities often have varied and intermittent educational backgrounds. Khan Academy can be helpful in a variety of scenarios, such as:
- Students in a correctional facility can use math tutorials in Khan Academy to aid in credit-recovery.
- Students who are working towards a GED can use math tutorials within Khan Academy to fill in any gaps in knowledge they might have.
- Students who are enrolled in Adult Continuing Education programs in prisons can use Khan Academy to supplement their courses.
Prisons, jails, and correctional facilities tend to be high-security environments with extremely limited internet, if at all. Below are examples of how some institutions have dealt with this challenge.
LA County Jails
Students in LA County Jails have access to Khan Academy during their time in a computer lab. Students have access to the internet and can use all features of Khan Academy, and educators within LA County Jails can use the coach reports within Khan Academy to analyze data and guide students in their learning. In order to allow students to use the internet, strict firewalls block almost all parts of the internet except for certain educational sites. They are also using a program in which the facilitator can see all desktop screens at once as an extra security measure.
Instead of having full access to the internet, inmates in Washington prisons have access to an offline version of Khan Academy. The offline version is less robust than our online version, but it still serves the purpose of giving students access to high quality content whenever they need it. The offline version of Khan Academy is called KA Lite, and is run by a separate organization. You can find out more by visiting their homepage.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Santa Clara is using Khan Academy with students in their correctional education programs. This is especially useful since many students take part in these programs for short amounts of time and weak foundations of math. Students use Khan Academy as a personalized resource to fill in their gaps, and teachers are using Khan Academy to supplement their instruction.
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