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Our new app adds interactivity to classics from Super Simple Songs

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”.

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Strengthen foundational reading skills and rhyming with “Five Speckled Frogs”.

Khan Academy Kids is available now in the App Store and in beta for Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Have you seen our new look?

We’re delighted to share the new logo that you’ll begin seeing across Khan Academy’s offerings in the coming days:

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Our logo is new, but it reflects Khan Academy’s core values, which haven’t changed over time. Its shape and bright color reflect the joy of learning and the transformational power of education. The hexagon is a fundamental building block in math, nature, and art. And, we’ve retained the leaf symbol from our previous logo—a classic metaphor for personal growth, which we care deeply about.

Our new logo is a celebration of the passion for learning that we value as an organization and a community.

We’d love to hear what you think in comments. If you plan to use the new logo in your classroom, we’d love to hear how.

You might be wondering why we updated our logo. It’s pretty simple: Khan Academy is always growing and improving, and we need a logo that keeps up. We’ve evolved from a single website for desktops to multiple apps available across many devices. In our early days, we were known for math videos, but today we offer personalized learning across many subjects and every grade. Just this week we launched a new mastery learning system and new lessons for back to school!

Our new logo is flexible enough to work in a variety of settings. We think it looks great on devices, dashboards, app stores, laptops, and desktops. And, we love using it across our many platforms.

As you’re using Khan Academy to learn or to teach, we hope you’ll enjoy seeing our new logo out of the corner of your eye. Thanks for being part of a terrific community that celebrates learning and growth. Onward!

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Khan Academy introduces something big for little learners

Today we’re announcing something entirely new: an education program for children ages two to five designed to inspire lifelong learning.

Khan Academy Kids is available now in the App Store and in beta for Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Like all our educational offerings, Khan Academy Kids is 100% free. It’s part of our mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. (We’re a proud 501©(3) nonprofit organization that offers all our resources free to students and teachers.)

With thousands of original activities, books, videos, and lessons, Khan Academy Kids combines subjects like math and reading with creative activities like drawing and storytelling.  

We worked with childhood experts from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and children’s book authors to create the app. Our curriculum and library of books teach academic skills as well as social-emotional development and healthy habits.

Animated animals from around the world—aren’t they cute?—guide children through educational materials at just the right level for them.  As kids learn, they collect bugs, hats, and toys for their favorite characters.

While many early learning apps focus on a narrow skill area, Khan Academy Kids is a complete learning experience across multiple subjects that is aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for preschool-aged children and Common Core State Standards for kindergarten-aged children. The program is designed to adapt over the years as a child grows.

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Khan Academy Kids was created by our award-winning early learning team,  whose educational materials have won 21 Parents’ Choice Awards, received 18 Editor’s Choice Awards from Children’s Technology Review, and been voted the best children’s app at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

Parent participation is a key component of the Khan Academy Kids experience. Parents can engage in learning activities with their child, and we encourage moms and dads to read our interactive books out loud. Parents can also view their child’s progress on activities in the Library and set up accounts for multiple children, all for free.

Extra special thanks to the Khan Academy Kids partners who provide free learning materials: Super Simple Songs® from Skyship Entertainment™, Bellwether Media, and National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine. We’re grateful for their contributions!

Khan Academy Kids is made possible through generous support from Omidyar Network and Windsong Trust as well as kind donations from people like you. Thank you for your support, and onward!

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Check out our 2017 annual report

The 2017 Khan Academy annual report is here! As a nonprofit organization, we’re grateful for our donors and honored to share the work they make possible. We’re also excited to celebrate the success of students and teachers who used Khan Academy in 2017.

Here are a few highlights:

• School districts across the country and around the world partnered with Khan Academy in 2017 to bring our free resources into classrooms, especially those with traditionally underserved and underrepresented demographics. We’re proud to work with teachers to provide in-class practice, homework, review, and test prep.

• We announced that practicing for the SAT on Khan Academy is associated with significant score gains. Research shows studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy is associated with an average score increase of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain of students who don’t use Khan Academy.

• More than one million students and 23,000 teachers took part in LearnStorm, our first-ever national education challenge. Students logged 90 million minutes of learning! We continue to have an impact where it’s needed most: 55% of students who participated in LearnStorm in 2017 attended schools where a majority of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

2017 was a big year for Khan Academy. As we look ahead toward the second half of 2018 and beyond, we’re energized to continue our work to support students and teachers around the world. Learn more about our work in individual school districts like in Long Beach, California  and across countries like  India and Brazil.

Our mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere is made possible by generous support from donors like you. Please consider making a donation today. Thanks for your support. Onward!

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Khan Academy launches free Official LSAT Prep

Many LSAT-prep courses can be expensive, leaving a lot of law school hopefuls feeling out of luck. Not anymore.

Thanks to Khan Academy’s new Official LSAT Prep, anyone interested in going to law school can now prepare for the LSAT—the law school admission test—with a personalized study plan entirely for free.

Khan Academy collaborated with the Law School Admission Council, the maker of the LSAT, to design the first free and official test prep program for the LSAT.

The aim of Khan Academy Official LSAT Prep is to help aspiring law students build the skills and confidence they need to succeed on test day—all on their own schedule.

Official LSAT Prep diagnoses each student’s strengths and weaknesses and creates a tailored practice plan. Each student sets a score goal. Then, the program guides students through lessons and practice questions at just the right level to help them work toward that score. Videos, articles, and explanations cover every concept on the LSAT. Through it all, we provide regular updates, so students can track their progress.

Today’s announcement marks the launch of Khan Academy’s second official test prep for critical standardized exams. In 2015, Khan Academy launched Official SAT Practice with the College Board. Nearly six million people have used Official SAT Practice, and research shows that practice on Khan Academy advances all students regardless of high school GPA, gender, race, ethnicity, or parental education level.

We’re honored to provide free and personalized test prep for all and excited to help aspiring law students pursue their dreams.

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