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Khan Academy: now on your iPad more interactive and personalized than ever


Back in 2008, Khan Academy started as a simple library of YouTube videos, but has grown to become so much more. Over 15 millions students per month are learning across the platform through video lessons, tutorials and interactive exercises.

In our mission to build a free, world-class education, we’ve heard from students that they want to learn and practice on tablets: it’s easier to access whether you’re at school, on the couch or doing homework with friends. For the past few years we’ve offered a great video viewing experience on iPads - today, we’re excited to introduce the next step in Khan Academy’s mobile story: bringing interactive, personalized learning to the iPad with math exercises, handwriting recognition and more.

So what’s the story? This is the first time that the entire library of Khan Academy has been made available on iPads!

Our app has been built for speed - it’s the easiest and most personal way to access all of our content. We also wanted to build features uniquely suited for the platform, like our beautiful scratchpad that you can use to jot down your thoughts and work through problems in the app.

Our new app has brand new ways to help you learn math and more on the iPad:

  • Sharpen your skills: over 150,000 interactive, common core aligned exercises with instant feedback and step-by-step hints for each question. Follow along with what you’re learning in school or practice on your own, at your own pace.

  • Flex your muscles: the app adjusts to give you interactive exercise recommendations that are tailored just for you through the world of math.

  • Show your work: the app harnesses the power of showing and stepping through your work with a beautiful, expansive scratchpad. Once you have your answer, just write it in, and we’ll recognize your answer!

  • Track back: your learning auto-magically syncs between your iPad and, so your progress and recommendations are always up-to-date, anywhere, anytime.

We’re excited that this can help you learn almost anything: we’ve put together thousands of videos on science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and the humanities with tutorials on art history, civics, and finance, too. Our new app has a new, expansive design that highlights our content and makes it more efficient for students to access content at the right level and puts you a few touches away from our full library of videos, articles, and exercises.

This app would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors. It’s available now - download it here and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!


Announcing LearnStorm: Registrations open today!

It’s a big day for Khan Academy - we’re officially opening registration for our first ever LearnStorm! If you’re a 3rd-12th grade student in the Bay Area, you can sign up now at


So what’s LearnStorm?  It’s a math challenge designed to grow your ability to learn anything. Until April 30, you’ll be able to earn points by mastering math skills and demonstrating your hustle. You’ll be able to track your progress on your own leaderboard and work with your friends to accumulate points for your school or city. There will also be weekly challenges to help you build a growth mindset.

LearnStorm officially begins on February 9 and will wrap up with an in-person celebration complete with fun prizes.

LearnStorm is for everyone, whether you’re working on counting or calculus. Best of all, it’s completely free, and you can participate from anywhere - your home, your library, your school, or wherever you like to use Khan Academy.

We’re launching LearnStorm in ten Bay Area counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma - but we hope to expand to more areas in years to come. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!

For more details, or to sign up, visit

If you know a student, parent, teacher, administrator, librarian or anyone in the Bay Area who might be interested please forward some of these resources to them today.


Terms of Service Update

From time to time we like to let you know about any changes we’re making to keep our site up to date. We encourage you to check out our Terms of Service here but here’s a simple overview of the main changes:

  • We wanted to clarify which content is available under a creative commons license (e.g. videos made by Khan Academy) and which is not (e.g. videos from some partners) so we updated the terms to make it clear how that information will be flagged

  • We wanted to make what we mean by ‘non-commercial use’ clearer so we added more explanation and examples

  • We wanted to clarify how child accounts can gain parent approval before becoming operational

If you have any questions about these updates, you can email us at

Thanks for using Khan Academy!

The Khan Academy Team


Two billion, nine hundred ninety-nine million, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine…



We celebrated with cake pops in the shape of a big 3, making the day all the sweeter…

Today’s an exciting day for us – together we’ve just hit the 3 billionth problem answered on Khan Academy!

We asked Sal what he thought of this, and he said, “Personally, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I’m waiting for us to hit 3 141 592 653 problems solved before I get really excited.” Can you help us get to pi billion?!

The rate at which everyone is learning on Khan Academy is astounding: it took less than a year to grow from 2 billion to 3 billion problems answered! Way to go!

And just how big is 3 billion, exactly? We did some digging …

  • If you had a measuring tape that was 3 billion inches long, it would wrap around the world twice.
  • If you traveled a mile for every problem that’s been answered, you’d almost be at Pluto.
  • If you went back in time 3 billion minutes, it’d be the 37th century B.C.E., a thousand years before the Egyptian pyramids were built.

Whoa, that’s a lot of learning.

So… how quickly can we get to 4 billion? Let’s go!