Each learner is different and has different needs. Teachers are essential to the learning process, however even the most experienced and incredible teachers tell us that they have trouble meeting all students' needs simultaneously.
That’s where Khan Academy comes in. At the heart of the Khan Academy learning environment is a personalized learning experience. We are a non-profit providing online learning resources and real-time data about where your students are so you can more effectively spend your time targeting student needs. Teachers use Khan Academy to build and strengthen foundational knowledge for students in an individualized manner. Because time is freed up with our tools you'll have more time to spend with your students to dive deeper into concepts and applications.
Every classroom has unique needs and is guided by a teacher with a unique style, however, every classroom using Khan Academy strives to:
Meet the needs of each learner: Classrooms are often home to a variety of ability-levels at any given time. We see this reflected in what students choose to do on Khan Academy. It’s typical for students to be accessing different skills, tutorials, or videos all at the same time.
Create an interactive and engaging learning environment: While most think of teaching akin to giving a lesson to the entire class, Khan Academy enables more interaction, more discussion and more engagement.
Use data to inform instruction: One of the biggest values of real-time data is seeing exactly where your students are in their learning. It allows teachers to see how well lessons are fitting the needs of their students.
The most important elements of a successful implementation:
- Learners have regular access to technology that works
- Teachers and administrators are invested
- There is a shared mindset that values continuous innovation and personalized learning
It is not required to have a 1:1 device for every student or to replace your entire curriculum with Khan Academy in order for it to be effective. Some teachers embrace personalizing their instruction and spending quality one-on-one time with each student. Others embrace bringing more project-based learning and interactive activities into the classroom. Others push the model even further with mixed-age classrooms and heavy use of peer-to-peer learning. There is no single solution. How Khan Academy is best used depends on the specific needs and capabilities of the class, and may evolve over time depending on the teacher and the students.