2018-10-29 16:27:59 GMT
This week we are thrilled to welcome 30 members of our Language Advocate team to Khan Academy headquarters in California! Language Advocates lead our effort to translate Khan Academy into dozens of different languages. They’re the key to making sure we can achieve the anywhere part of our mission to provide a free, world class education to anyone, anywhere.
Representatives of 20 languages* are here with us this week from all around the world. Together we’ll be exchanging best practices for translating and adapting Khan Academy content, strategizing about how to promote Khan Academy in other countries, and making plans for the upcoming year. Stay tuned for a recap after the week is done!
* Armenian հայերեն, Bangla বাংলা, Bulgarian български, Burmese မြန်မာ, Chinese (simplified) 简体中文, Czech čeština, French Français, Georgian ქართული, Greek Ελληνικά, Hindi हिंदी, Japanese 日本語, Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ, Pashto پښتو, Portuguese (Brazilian) Português brasileiro, Portuguese (European) Português europeu, Spanish español, Swedish Svenska, Tamil தமிழ், Thai ไทย, Turkish Türkçe
(Note: Languages without a link are still in the early stages of preparing their sites, so keep an eye on the international blog to see when they become available!)
2018-10-25 17:40:09 GMT
We’re excited to announce a free, new series of Khan Academy civics and history videos featuring CBS This Morning cohost and US history enthusiast John Dickerson.
Watch the introduction to the series below:
You’ll hear little-known anecdotes from the early days of US history and discover unexpected stories about the founding principles of democracy as Sal and John have fun, casual conversations.
We hope teachers and students alike will be inspired by these videos to start their own conversations about the importance of US history, government, and politics. The first five videos span topics ranging from what has changed since the days of the founding fathers to why learning about US history matters today.
As John puts it, “Our history is filled with great personalities and transformative struggles. The stories of our past can help all of us better understand what’s happening today.”
The series will appear alongside academic content in three courses on Khan Academy: US government and civics, AP® US Government and Politics, and US history. You can find all the videos here.
New videos will be added to the civics series on an ongoing basis, so stay tuned! What topic would you like to see next? Let us know on Twitter @khanacademy.
2018-09-06 12:44:18 GMT
We’re happy to share new research results for mastery learning on Khan Academy and a new video that shows how mastery learning works.
The Centennial School District in Warminster, Pennsylvania, reports that middle school students who spent at least 30 minutes per week doing mastery learning on Khan Academy had 33% higher growth on the NWEA MAP mathematics assessment than students who used Khan Academy for less than 15 minutes per week. Elementary school students had 19% higher growth.
Kudos to the kids at Centennial for all their hard work!
Mastery learning is an educational philosophy centered on self-paced learning. Unlike traditional learning, students in mastery-learning classrooms are not pushed ahead in lockstep, which can cause the accumulation of debilitating “Swiss-cheese” gaps in knowledge.
In mastery learning, students learn at their own pace. They progress through questions and quizzes at just the right level for them. They get feedback as they learn and help when they need it most. Teachers track student progress, identify gaps, and give students one-on-one attention to help them succeed.
Mastery learning is backed by decades of research. The noted researcher Benjamin Bloom first coined the term mastery learning in 1968 and published a seminal 1984 study that documented its promise. A 1994 analysis of nearly 300 studies on mastery learning found that mastery learning has a “positive effect on achievement at all levels and for all subjects and results in positive affective outcomes for students and teachers.”
Mastery lessons on Khan Academy are available for K–12 math, grammar, high school biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP Government and Politics, and AP Macroeconomics.
We’ll add new subjects with mastery throughout the school year. Onward!
2018-08-14 18:51:34 GMT
LearnStorm, our free back-to-school program, is back for a second year and open for teacher registration!
LearnStorm gives teachers a powerful tool to jumpstart the school year. Teachers can assign personalized practice and research-backed growth mindset activities that teach students how the brain gets stronger and smarter with new learning. We’re proud to have worked with PERTS, a Stanford research center, on this year’s expanded growth mindset curriculum.
Students get real-time feedback and master skills as they progress through LearnStorm. Together, teachers and students celebrate progress on an interactive tracker, unlocking individual and class prizes as they go.
Watch some very excited students celebrating their LearnStorm success.
LearnStorm runs Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, November 9. Teachers can easily enroll using a Khan Academy account.
Last year, LearnStorm reached nearly one million students and 24,000 teachers in the US, with schools in all 50 states participating. Approximately 98% of teachers surveyed said they plan to use LearnStorm again this year. In pilots of LearnStorm, 96% of students reported their learning confidence increased while using Khan Academy.
LearnStorm is made possible through the generosity of MathWorks, a Massachusetts-based developer of software for scientists and engineers and a sponsor of LearnStorm.
2018-08-06 17:40:13 GMT
Our new, free, educational program, Khan Academy Kids, is designed to inspire young children to become learners for life. The app seamlessly intertwines animation and puppetry from Super Simple Songs® with interactive, educational activities covering early literacy, math, language arts, creative thinking, and social-emotional skills.
Khan Academy is thrilled to partner with Skyship Entertainment™, the creator of the beloved Super Simple Songs. “We are excited to collaborate with Skyship because of our shared commitment to making sure children everywhere have access to a quality education,” said Caroline Hu Flexer, head of Khan Academy Kids.
Skyship Entertainment was started by two teachers who had the idea of combining favorite children’s songs with learning. “Our focus has always been making learning simple and fun, so we’re thrilled for Super Simple Songs to be part of Khan Academy Kids,” said Skyship Entertainment cofounder Troy McDonald. “We can’t think of any organization more passionate about education than Khan Academy.”
Super Simple Song’s beloved children’s classics are integrated into a wide range of educational activities in Khan Academy Kids to create a unique learning experience. Below are examples of what kids and parents can expect to see in the app:
Practice adding and subtracting with “Five Little Ducks”.
Strengthen foundational reading skills and rhyming with “Five Speckled Frogs”.