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When you and your class are first using Khan Academy for math, there are 3 common approaches for that initial stretch. While the extent to which you integrate may vary, here are three strategies to consider.

 

1. Align a diagnostic to Khan Academy and focus each student on gaps

Pros

  • Teachers can target prerequisites for the course and common knowledge gaps
  • Allows students to immediately start filling in gaps in knowledge

Cons

  • Gaps that exist outside of the diagnostic may not be identified
  • Requires a fair amount of prep work

Prepwork

  • Create or use an existing diagnostic, align each question to a Khan Academy exercise/video
  • After scoring the diagnostic, guide students to work on Khan Academy exercises/videos that align to the questions they missed

 

2. Create a list of prerequisite exercises for all students

Pros

  • Teachers can target prerequisites for the course and common knowledge gaps
  • Allows students to review basic concepts and fill gaps

Cons

  • Gaps that exist outside of prerequisites may not be identified
  • Requires a fair amount of prep work

Prepwork

Tip:

Use these curriculum examples of syllabi as inspiration

 

3. Take the Khan Academy pre-test and work through recommended skills



 

Pros

  • Students get credit for what they know
  • Identifies gaps in knowledge
  • Requires no prep work

Cons

  • May not align directly with the class 

Prepwork

None

Tip:

After the pre-test, have students set process goals as they work through the recommended exercises (e.g. complete any 5 exercises by the end of the week)