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Khan Academy at Summit Public Schools

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  • starky ultimate style avatar for user Jonathon Seton
    Why are so many school afraid of adding Khan Academy to their curriculum?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user ∫∫ Greg Boyle  dG dB
      Hi Jonathon,
      There are probably a few reasons why. One of the biggest reasons is fear of change. You will hear people say "we have always done things this way". The catalyst for change will be results. The true game changer will be if those schools systems using Khan Academy significantly increase their students test scores. This will be even more significant if those schools that improve are from disadvantaged socio-economic groups. As the saying goes, "you can't argue with results."
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  • mr pink red style avatar for user Ryan Yaeger
    How come KhanAcademy wasn't around when I was in 8th grade?
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  • leaf green style avatar for user Ariel Corona
    Is khan academy something you can use while your on home studies?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Theo
    I have watched four or five videos - they are all well made and inspiring. But in this video, from to about , it showed some of the amazing student and teacher interfaces - goal setting, badges, work tracking, etc. I had seen a few screen shots of teachers tracking students, but this was the most I have seen on how teachers use it. Is there a Khan Video for all the interactivity and how to use Khan Academy in the class room? I am not a teacher, so maybe I missed it. But your tool is amazing and I hope it spreads like wildfire.
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    • leaf green style avatar for user Mr Mills
      There isn't just one way that teachers use Khan Academy. Every teacher's style is just a little bit different, and factors like funding and the willingness of the administration to try new things play a role. You said that you are not a teacher, but you didn't share much else about your situation. I recommend you click on "COACH" in the upper-left corner of the screen, then on "Coach Resources" in the upper-right corner of the next screen. After that, just keep poking around until you find something that is helpful to you. Exploring the website is fun.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user pj
    Is there, or will there be soon, any boarding schools that will be teaching the Khan Academy methods? Are there any schools that are teaching at the Jr. High level, grades 7 and up?
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    • leafers seedling style avatar for user NatalieHarding
      well my school does but its not a boarding school and also I not sure that even if the seventh graders even use khan because i am in middle school and i am still in sixth grade so yay...... but we do live in preston idaho so if move here i guess this is the place to go.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user kiodro
    Is Khan academy being used in other places except for the USA?
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    • leaf green style avatar for user Mr Mills
      Yes. I've seen a post from an Australian schoolteacher, asking about mapping Khan Academy to Australian education standards. The videos on KA have subtitle options in a great many languages, and KA launched a full Spanish version of the website about a week ago. Plus, if you watch the Big Media Talks, one of them (either the 60 Minutes piece or the interview with Charlie Rose) shows staff at KA tracking live use of KA on a global map.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user kiodro
    How relevant is KA to a school curriculum?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user dshaun26065
    how can we make it more complex for the students in elementary schools still?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Jorge Daniel Garcia
    What is a Summit Public School?
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  • leafers ultimate style avatar for user Patrick King
    Are people from Khanacademy making these videos or are these being made by the schools?
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Video transcript

- No one ever says, Oh, I just don't read or I didn't like the English language. But it's totally okay and socially acceptable to say, Oh, I don't do Math. We live in a really quantitative world. And I want to help students see how Math is everywhere, when they shoot a basketball, when they drink a cup of water and I want them to be able to think quantitatively, 'cause that's to me a huge skill that'll get them ahead in life in a lot of different ways. (upbeat music) - San Summit Jose is the third school in the Summit public schools network. The first school Summit Prep was featured in waiting for Superman a few years ago, and we just started this year as the third school in the network. - We decided we would do something different than the other Summit Schools when we opened this school up. So we have this special Math program. We combine face to face instruction with this computer based learning in ways that make the most sense for kids that create the best learning experiences. - Heard about Khan Academy last school year, probably when the first TED Talk aired. We looked at all different content providers and they promised that they would give us a strong relationship and help us out when we needed it. - We started the year not knowing what would unfold at all. We've really worked with them on saying what we need, and they've been really good at giving us what we need and what other teachers need. And I think that's only gonna get better and better. - Khan Academy is great for a lot of reasons. It makes your job harder, because it just sets your bar higher what you should be planning for your students. When you get all that data that's really easy to access, it pushes you to say maybe this lesson that I thought was good for my whole class is only good for 20% of my class. I should go back and think about what I'm really asking my students to do, whether that's something that's on to higher level for 80% of the class or something that's too low of a level for the class. - When you assign homework, oftentimes you're solidifying bad practices and you're solidifying misconceptions. - What Khan is really good at doing is giving instant feedback to all 36 kids in my classroom, in a way that I could never do. So, every student on every problem is getting instant feedback. Those misconceptions are not solidified. I think that's the one thing Khan has changed dramatically. Is now they're learning processes. They're learning how to do them correctly as opposed to just learning how to get by. - The students kind of see it as a video game where the video game you fail all the time. Right. In Math, you fail all the time. In every everything in school, you should fail all the time and you should learn from those mistakes. And what we've noticed has been great is that, students learn from their mistakes before it's too late and they grow and they learn the Math instead of continuing to pretend they understand it. Just like for any adult goal setting is very important. And we found with students, making those goals very specific and very attainable are things that get them motivated. Everybody can go on Khan Academy now and say, I have a goal to finish these six exercises and it keeps track of it on top, it shows you what percentage of it you finished and then it tells you when you're finished with your goal and our students have really liked that validation that they set a goal and they completed it and they had a sense of accomplishment from it. (gentle music) - It's changed my students, because they're more accountable and they know where they're at. They definitely have a sense of whether they know something or they don't. They are much more vocal and advocate for themselves. And it's changed me because I know a lot more about my students. - Khan Academy doesn't allow the students to hide the deficits in their knowledge. It really challenges you to provide really excellent lessons for as many students as possible because you just have all of this information about your students. It's great for motivation. It's great for practice. I wouldn't go back and teach another way if I had the choice. (upbeat music)