Have you ever wished that you had more time for hands-on work, collaborative projects, or labs during class? Perhaps you have heard about the flipped classroom concept, but weren’t really sure what it is or if it could work in your classroom. Start by exploring the Khan Academy and learn ways in which their pre-made materials can be used in your flipped classroom.
- Set yourself up as a coach when creating an account in Khan Academy so that you have access to reports.
- Make a pdf form to send home to parents so they can also become a coach for learning.
- Synchronize learning with a walk through to show the different features to the whole class. Then you can show your students how to work at their own pace.
25 Reasons We Love Khan Academy
- It’s a FREE online teacher resource.
- Students have the option to pretest and to skip questions and comment with, “I haven’t learned this yet”.
- Lessons provide for targeted learning which helps to find out where the student skill level is.
- The platform offers targeted intervention with real time activity and reporting.
- Color-coded data to show you the level of your students understanding of a concept.
- It offers challenges and badges to encourage student motivation.
- Khan Academy is a great way to teach students to be online learners.
- Blended learning enrichment courses help with step by step lesson plans.
- Virtual tutoring: anytime, anywhere. It’s like a classroom in your pocket.
- Use the platform to teach yourself.
- Review material for SAT preparation and AP exams.
- Think of Khan Academy as a teaching assistant or substitute teacher lesson; if you are out sick you can monitor student activity and communicate with the substitute.
- Works great as a teaching assistant to set up small group instruction.
- Online learning is possible from anywhere.
- Perfect for snow day activities; create a list of potential videos to use if there is no school.
- Log in or learn from home. Teachers and students have to log in and complete course work during the regular school time, plus they still get credit for being present!
- Khan Academy offer a broad library of topics; not just math.
- Customize and/or create your own videos for your classroom.
- Use for enrichment subjects not currently available in your curriculum.
- Khan Academy can act as a digital textbook for middle school, or high school.
- Students move at their own pace using the exercise software.
- Develop requirements for completing class and graduation.
- Students who finish traditional curriculum can continue their learning with a variety of studies.
- Offer your students the opportunity to earn certificates.
- It is also motivating for teachers to create their own customized videos and screen-casts.
Khan Academy Trainer
Nikki Robertson is the librarian and Tech facilitator at James Clemens High School, as well as a veteran educator and former school librarian who is passionate about 21st Century Education, collaboration with other school librarians and education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. You can see more from Nikki at http://www.enikkidrobertson.com.