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The Khan Academy Content Student Advisory Council

Here at Khan Academy, we are continually expanding our library of videos, text explanations, and practice questions across many subjects. To help guide us in creating content that truly meets student’s needs, we assembled a Student Advisory Council who have been working with Khan Academy for the past 2015-2016 academic school year.

The Student Advisory Council is a selective program that comprises high school and college students who care about learning and want to help other students succeed. Every month for the past academic year, the students’ consistent and valuable feedback have shaped our educational content and have enabled us to provide the most helpful resources for students around the world.

In this blogpost, we want to highlight these Student Advisory Council members who have contributed significantly to Khan Academy. Below, you can read more about their background and what motivated them to work with Khan Academy.

-Alejandrina Gonzalez Reyes: Senior at St. Brendan High School attending Stanford University next fall for college. Born in Mexico, but living in Miami for about 6 years. I love Khan Academy and wanted to get involved somehow. It was a great experience.

-Amy Fan: High school senior at Bellaire High School in Texas. I’ve always wanted to know how students could offer their feedback to Khan Academy and learn about what’s going on behind the scenes.

-Andrea Wasylyk: Sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY state. Khan Academy has helped me through high school and into college, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to help improve this amazing site!

-Andrew Vaughn: I am a sophomore at Cornell University, and I am originally from Moraga, CA. I really admire the way organizations like Khan Academy are working to expand educational access, and I wanted to help in this mission.

-Aniko Nowakowski: I am a graduating senior at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I wanted to become involved as a student advisory council member for Khan Academy because this organization has helped me so much in my academic and personal career, and I feel called to give back and help out in any way possible! It has been a wonderful learning experience that has allowed me to grow as a student and a leader.

-Asha Ravichandran: Senior at Revere High School in Ohio. I joined the Student Advisory Council to impact the changing face of education and to make a difference in the lives of my peers.

-Brandon: Senior at Logan High School, from Utah. Khan academy has really helped me out so I thought I would like to give back and help others.

-Brendan Guerin: Junior at Kings High School in Ohio. I’m passionate about finance and have been investing since sixth grade. Khan Academy helped me learn the basics of finance as a kid and it’s only fitting I give back.

-Caroline Li: Freshman in College, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia/Canada. I wanted to take an active hand in improving and developing one of the most helpful and accessible student resources out there—a resource that personally saved me from calculus!

-Catherine Yeo: Sophomore in high school, Basis Independent Silicon Valley (but transferring to Stanford Online High School) in California. My vision of improving global education and making an educational impact, especially through technology, perfectly aligns with KA’s vision of “You Can Learn Anything.”

-Elizabeth Griffin: I am a junior (rising senior) at Notre Dame Academy in Massachusetts. I loved being able to contribute to Khan Academy’s mission for global education at such a young age

-Emily Jones: Senior at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida. Khan Academy saved me as I struggled through calc based physics last year and I wanted to help expand the content to help the next group of students in my situation

-Grace Sawicki: I am currently a junior at Hopewell Valley Central High School, located in New Jersey. I was motivated to join the SAC because I wanted to help improve the articles and videos that I found helpful and useful to use in challenging classes.

-Jonathan Ort: I am a junior in high school, attending Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado. I applied to the SAC to engage with Khan Academy on a deeper level. As an appreciative user of Khan Academy’s many resources, I was excited to give back.

-Juan Lazaro: I’m a junior in Rio Vista High School in California. I simply wanted to try something new and see what I could learn.

-Kara Herson: Junior in high school at Woodside High School, California. Khan Academy provides an amazing service to students across the world, and I wanted to help them further their mission of providing a world class education for everyone.

-Keila Delgado-Cruz: Hi, my name is Keila Delgado. I am currently a junior enrolled in Western Reserve Academy high school in Hudson, Ohio USA. My home is in Brazil, but I am attending a boarding school for all of my high school. I worked on Khan Academy over the summer and was motivated to participate in bettering the website and spreading the word since it helped me so much!

-Matt McConomy: I’m a college freshman attending Drexel University in Pennsylvania. I’ve used Khan Academy so much in the past for homework and study help, and just wanted to give back by contributing towards improvements to make KA better for everyone.

-Natalia Zielinski: I am a junior at John Hersey High School in IL. I joined the SAC because i have a great interest in teaching and motivating others to pursue STEM in the future.

-Sage Simhon: Originally from Montreal but currently living in Florida, I am a high school junior at NSU University School. After visiting their headquarters and seeing firsthand all they do behind-the-scenes, I fell further in love with KA and needed to be part of it. SAC was the perfect way!

-Shreya Shankar: Freshman at Stanford University, originally from Texas. I’ve always benefitted from online education and was super excited to help Khan Academy come up with new content to reach out to so many aspiring students.

-Shreya Srivastava: I’m a senior at Haslett High School in Michigan. I’ve always believed that education should be both global and enjoyable. I joined the SAC because I wanted to help improve online resources for students around the world.

-Vincent Tse: I’m a Senior from Arroyo High School; will attend UCLA in California for Fall 2016 as Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. To students with limited resources, I understand how vital websites like Khan Academy are in fostering academic growth. By improving the content, I hope that I can impact others’ learning.

-Vrinda Deshpande: I’m a senior at Glenelg High School in Maryland. I wanted to give back to the website that has helped me through so many chem tests! And help develop this awesome and modern education platform to help other youth :)

Interested in joining the Student Advisory Council?

If you are a student in high school (Junior or Senior year) or college (Freshman or Sophomore year) in the US or Canada who is interested in serving on the SAC for the 2016-2017 academic school year, we want to hear from you! Fill in this application form by July 29, and we will inform successful applicants by the end of August if you have been selected.

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Studying for exams? Get personalized help and practice with our quizzes

Are you or is someone you know in the depths of studying for exams right now? Khan Academy is here to help. We’ve put together some new quizzes just in time for finals:

- Biology
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Differential Calculus

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These quizzes can help you master what you need to know for the big day. After taking each quiz, you’ll see how you did and get a personalized list of helpful videos. They’re perfect for tackling tough concepts or just getting a little extra practice.

Remember, You Can Learn Anything!

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Start your Hour of Code on Khan Academy

At Khan Academy, we know how important computer science and computer programming are - in fact, the Khan Academy website wouldn’t exist if Sal didn’t know how to code! That’s why we participate in Code.org’s Hour of Code campaign every year during Computer Science Education Week - we want to make sure every student gets to learn the basics of coding.

From December 7 to 13, millions of students around the world will be learning to code - in classrooms, in after-school clubs, and with parents at home. We invite you to join the #HourOfCode movement by learning to code here on Khan Academy, picking from one of our three tutorials:

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Hour of Drawing with Code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages, via two great options:
- Drag-and-drop: block-based coding for those with less typing experience or on tablet devices (ages 8+).
- Typing: keyboard-based coding (ages 10+).

Hour of Webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables with data and query the data (ages 12+).

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Computer Science Education Week and spend an hour on Khan Academy learning to code!

- Pamela, Coder and Content Creator at Khan Academy

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Khan Academy in Hindi

Today we’re happy to announce that learners around the world can now access Khan Academy resources in Hindi! If you speak Hindi, you can learn math through our video lessons and practice problems mapped to India’s NCERT curriculum.

Wherever you are - Mumbai, Jaipur, a village in Haryana, or anywhere else around the globe - we believe you deserve the opportunity to learn at your own pace and in your own language.

Khan Academy in Hindi brings us one step closer to our mission of a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and we thank our friends at Central Square Foundation for helping to make this possible. We hope you enjoy Khan Academy in Hindi!

-Sandeep, India Country Manager at Khan Academy

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All December gifts matched at Khan Academy

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At Khan Academy, support from our community is crucial to our ability to provide a  free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We are proud to do this without charging our users or showing them ads. Every day, we receive generous gifts from those who have found value in Khan Academy and who want more people to have access to free world-class education. We truly appreciate these donors who help support our mission.

For the month of December, several of our supporters have created a pool of funds that will allow us to match every gift we receive from our wider community, from now until December 31. We are very grateful to the generous donors who made this possible, including those listed below, as well as many others who have chosen to remain anonymous:

- Bill and Tammy Crown

- Dan Carroll and Stasia Obremskey

- Smith Family Foundation

- Stiles-Nicholson Foundation

Make your gift today to help us create more lessons, build more practice problems, and bring a free, world-class education to more learners around the world. With every gift in December being matched dollar-for-dollar, your support will have double the impact!

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