Students who find themselves in prisons, jails, and correctional facilities have varied and intermittent educational backgrounds. Correctional facilities can use Khan Academy to support a variety of programs, including credit recovery, GED preparation, and adult continuing education.
These facilities tend to be high-security environments with extremely limited Internet connectivity, if any. Below are examples of how institutions have addressed this challenge.
Idaho Correctional Facilities
KA Lite, an offline version of Khan Academy, is impacting learners in the Idaho Department of Correction. The first 20 prisoners using Khan Academy exercises offline all passed the math portion of their GED course—the first time that had ever happened.
Los Angeles County Jails
Students in LA County Jails can use Khan Academy during their time in a computer lab. Students have access to the Internet and can use all features of Khan Academy, and educators can use coach reports to analyze student progress and guide students in their learning. To allow students to use the internet, LA County Jails implemented strict firewalls to block almost all parts of the Internet except certain educational sites. These jails are also using a program that allows the facilitator to see all desktop screens at once as an extra security measure.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Santa Clara is using Khan Academy with students in its correctional education programs. The site is especially useful since many students take part in these programs for short amounts of time and have weak foundations in math. Students use Khan Academy as a personalized resource to fill in their gaps, and teachers use it to supplement their instruction.
Instead of having full access to the Internet, inmates in Washington prisons use KA Lite.
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