In an ideal Khan Academy learning environment, students are not all silently working on laptops. Instead, the group is dynamic, joyful, and full of social interaction! A few students may attend a seminar with a coach while another group works on a project; some students tutor their peers while others work alone. Check out the classroom strategies below to get ideas for what might work for your students.
Students work at their own pace (1:1 devices or station rotation)
If students have 1:1 devices or are in a computer lab, they can all work on KA at their own pace!
If you are limited by devices, create stations that students can rotate through. We recommend at least 30 min in each station so that students have ample time to actually practice problems and watch videos. At the Khan Academy station, students can work on their corresponding missions, skills aligned to class lessons, or a mix of both! During rotations, see how your students are progressing and intervene when appropriate. If you are unable to help students as they use Khan Academy, encouraging peer tutoring is a way to help the students help themselves as they learn.
Some teachers have used the students’ mission completion percentages as an input to their final grade, and have seen that work well as a motivation factor.
Find a skill with which a student is struggling. Look at the student's problem history to diagnose errors or misconceptions and prompt the student to discover the answer.
Go to the Student Progress report and use student's individual report to review goals, discuss how the student has spent their time on Khan Academy, or talk about other relevant topics.
Use the Skill Progress reports to pair a student who is struggling with a particular skill with a student who has mastered it.
Create a poster with two columns - "I need help with…" and "I can help with…" - or designate an area on your whiteboard for this purpose. Students can use these lists to request and offer help.
Use the Skill Progress report to figure out which students need a seminar to reinforce a certain concept.
Create groups based on skill level and allow students within each group to work together on the concepts with which they are struggling.
Create mixed-ability groups. Give each group one "expert" who can guide their peers in learning specific concepts.
Using coach reports, create groups based on skill level and have each group work on a different project.
When students finish a set of Khan Academy skills, have them start a related project. You can prepare several projects ahead of time and have students complete them when ready.
Students can move through their subject-level mission at their own pace when they practice outside of the classroom.