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## Talks and interviews

### Course: Talks and interviews > Unit 1

Lesson 2: Schools using Khan Academy- Khan Academy's Discovery Lab - Summer 2012
- Khan Academy at Eastside College Prep (grades 6-8)
- Khan Academy in Los Altos School District
- Khan Academy at Summit Public Schools
- Khan Academy at KIPP
- Khan Academy at Oakland Unity High School
- Khan Academy at Marlborough School
- The Gates Notes: Administrators in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Teachers in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Students in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Insights into students' progress

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# The Gates Notes: Students in Los Altos

Students in Los Altos School District share their experiences with Khan Academy.

## Want to join the conversation?

- Why don't more schools incorporate it into their curriculum?(9 votes)
- It takes time to test and convince many school districts to put this much money and time into such a new program. Once more data comes out I'm sure that more school districts will begin to use it.(9 votes)

- How do I get a Blackhole Badge I really want to know plus I'll vote for anyone who tells me!(3 votes)
- I am confused?? what does this have to do with math??(2 votes)
- The kids' teachers are using Khan Academy to supplement their math classes. The video has kids talking about their experiences with math class, and how Khan Academy helped them learn the math skills taught in class. It seems to me, that it has also helped them become more independent learners, people who want to learn for the sake of learning.(3 votes)

- explain negative and positive feedback(2 votes)
- negatice what desending going down and positive going up ascending(2 votes)

- What is the main cause of Nepal earthquake and it was not as disastrous as in thick plate?(2 votes)
- What is a Tesla Blackhole Badge does Tesla own Khan Acadamy now?(2 votes)
- Sorry no one has answered your question, but no as far as I know Tesla doesn´t own KA.(1 vote)

- How do i add and subtract integers(2 votes)
- how do we get telsa black hole badges(1 vote)
- You get Tesla when you get 10 million energy points.(2 votes)

- How to find reading comprehension help for a fourth grader?(1 vote)
- Is there any section on reading comprehension for 4th graders? All subjects can only be learned if the child has a firm reading and understanding base.(1 vote)
- Right now KA doesn't have any, but they are working on adding new content all of the time. Reading, and especially writing, are more subjective than math, so it is more difficult, I'm sure, to craft exercises about those. I think they are looking into doing something along the lines of their current Computer Programming projects, where another student can evaluate your work and give you comments.

Here are a few sites that may be of help to you. The first is one that aggregates lists of other sites, so you might want to check out its links to see if they are current. Good luck! :-)

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skill_builders/reading_comprehension_language_arts_fourth_4th_grade.htm

http://education.jlab.org/reading/index.html

http://www.tlsbooks.com/(1 vote)

## Video transcript

Boy in blue: Our teacher
would have the textbook up on the overhead projector
so we could all see it. Boy in gray: We kind of just sat there
and we did like different sections. Girl in green: i'm a daydreamer
so I kind of zone out sometimes. Boy in blue: Read the lesson
and then we would get homework. Girl in green: There's always
at the end of each section. Boy in blue: Yeah,
that's how it was before. Girl in green: I used to
get like B's all the time but since Khan Academy it's brought
me up to an A so that was really cool. Girl in pink: In a way I use Khan
Academy is I do the exercises and it really helps me
improve my Math skills, and I watch the videos if I'm having
trouble with some of the exercises, and then I'm able to get a streak of 10. Boy with eyeglass: She can see what you're
doing and so if you're messing around she'll tell you to just
do these set of problems. If you're really struggling with
it she'll help you out with it, if you just don't get what the
video is trying to ask you. Girl in pink: I like how it's
different than the Math book when everyone's doing pretty
much the same level of things, and if you're like higher
then it's boring for them. If they're like lower they're
not exactly understanding it. Girl in pink: I used to be afraid to
like tell her what I'm struggling on and now that she can see how
we're doing on the Khan Academy it helps me feel more
comfortable talking to her about what I'm having trouble with. Boy in blue: You get to move
at your own pace with it because there are all sorts
of challenging exercises and there are easy exercises. Girl in pink: It's really fun
because you can try to get badges and you can challenge yourself
and do different kinds of Math. Boy in black: There's meteor
badge, moon badge, earth badge, sun badge, and black hole badge. Girl in green: I didn't really remember
exponents even though I did it once. I didn't remember it very much
and then I watched the video and now I know exponents, really easy. Boy in blue: The guy who makes them,
Sal, he teaches the subject really well. Girl in pink: It's like he's
probably like writing on the computer because it shows this little mouse
and he talks into the microphone. He explains all the subjects in a way,
it just makes it really easy to learn. Boy in black: Well my parents
think it's really cool, they think it's a great idea
that we're doing this site. The good thing is we don't have
to be at school to learn Math. We can just be at home on our
computers basically doing it. Girl in pink: Like if it's a
rainy day you can just do it and then you can energy
points and get badges. Boy in blue: I really like it when I
finish one of the really hard ones. Boy with eyeglass: It's a tool for life. Everybody needs to know how
to do certain things in Math, not just if you're going to be like an astronomist you
have to know everything. Boy in gray: One night I was
just working on this lesson and I just couldn't finish it. My Dad said you can't play with your
friends until you finish that lesson. Then i finally finished it because I
watched the video and I really learned it.