1. BUILD AWARENESS
Let students and parents know that Khan Academy is a free resource for them. Post the url in your room, on your website, and in a parent newsletter. Bryan Harms (8th gr teacher) tells his students, “If you don’t like the way I explained it, you can find another explanation on Khan Academy.”
Give your low-performing students time to brush up on fundamental skills, give your high-performing students time to explore advanced concepts. Tal Sztainer (12th gr teacher) lets students use Khan Academy when they have completed classwork quickly and correctly.
3. USE IT WITH ABSENT STUDENTS
Get your absent students up to speed on the relevant skills. Shelby Harris (7th gr teacher) used Khan Academy with a student who was suspended for 3 days. When he came back to class, he didn’t have to spend time re-learning what everyone else had already done.
4. USE IT AS HOMEWORK
Assign skills practice that aligns with the concepts taught in class. Unlike textbooks or worksheets, Khan Academy gives direct feedback to students, which prevents them from holding on to misconceptions. Students also encounter a unique set of randomly generated questions, making it nearly impossible to copy answers from another student.
5. USE IT BEFORE AND AFTER TESTS
Before the test, align Khan Academy skills to the test questions and have students use Khan Academy as review. If students answer problems incorrectly on the test, have them go back and get more practice on Khan Academy in those specific skills. KIPP Bayview teachers used Khan Academy alongside their CST benchmarks last year. When students missed specific questions, they worked on the exercises and videos aligned to those skills. Before taking the real CSTs, each student was given dedicated time to fill in their unique gaps.
For more details on how teachers are using Khan Academy in their classrooms, check out the section Khan Academy in the real world.