Using Khan Academy with limited resources
Available technology: Limited internet bandwidth
- If students have access to internet outside of class, either at home or in a computer lab, encourage them to use missions as a supplement to their classwork. This can allow them to fill in their gaps in knowledge or reinforce their existing knowledge to be better prepared for math class.
- Otherwise, one thing to keep in mind is that using skills practice exercises takes up a small fraction of the bandwidth compared to using lessons that include video. So, one option is to consider using practice exercises in class rather than viewing KA videos.
- Some teachers have grouped students in small teams as they use Khan Academy to minimize the number of devices that are online to use the limited bandwidth. There are also teachers that leverage limited resources by rotating students through the computers that are available, while the rest of the class might be working on other activities. Read about how Alison’s 4th grade class used this rotation model to make the most of their limited devices.
- Another option if you have severely limited bandwidth is to consider checking out KA Lite - the offline version of Khan Academy provided by a partner organization, Learning Equality.
Available technology: A handful of computers in the classroom
Available technology: Limited access to a computer lab
- Using Khan Academy in a computer lab - even if it’s as little as two times a week or an hour total - can be useful for students to fill in gaps in knowledge at their own pace.
- Some teachers also use their limited computer lab time by holding a contest using KA or by competing in teams in order to energize their students as they learn math. Find out about ways to motivate your students using KA here.