Technology is a resource that students must learn how to use effectively. Below are a few ideas to consider when integrating Khan Academy into your students' learning:
BEST PRACTICES CARRY OVER
If you had a best practice in your classroom before using technology, chances are that they will continue with technology. Examples include asking students to show their work, reviewing assignments before giving them to students to ensure they are at the appropriate skill level, and holding students accountable for the work that you have assigned.
USE A JOURNAL / NOTEBOOK
It's important to have a consistent source of documentation for each student, whether it’s a journal, notebook, binder, etc. This journal can be used to keep track of which videos students have watched and which exercises have been worked on; it can be a space for scratch work; and it can be a place to keep track of goals and progress.
HOW TO BE A RESOURCEFUL LEARNER
Students are used to raising their hands and getting help from the teacher, but with KA, you have to opportunity to teach students to be more resourceful. We've seen teachers train their students to 1) take a hint, and 2) watch a video or ask a peer before raising their hand to ask for help. This frees up the teacher's time to work with students who need their help the most while teaching students how to be more resourceful learners.
HOW TO BE AN EXCELLENT PEER TUTOR
Students often organically start peer tutoring each other while using KA, which is a behavior we highly encourage. However, it's important to explicitly teach students how to be a good peer tutor to their peers. This can include a brainstorming session of characteristics they would like in an excellent tutor (e.g. they don’t just tell me the answer, the ask me questions that guide me to the answer, they are encouraging and positive, etc) or role playing what this behavior looks like for your students.
HOW TO WATCH A KA VIDEO (ACTIVE LISTENING)
In order to take full advantage of KA videos, we've seen teachers explicitly teach students how to watch a KA video. This includes taking notes and stopping and replaying parts that are not clear. Teachers can model active listening by watching a video on a higher concept so that students can observe the learning and note-taking process. Notes can be taken in a journal or on a form that a teacher has created.