Our group chose to research Khan Academy as our tech topic today. Khan Academy is an online learning resource that creates lessons and videos on a wide range of subjects and topics. It was created in 2008 by Salman Khan, and aims to provide free education for students everywhere. The website states, “Our mission at Khan Academy is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” The lessons are done in the form of videos, with an instructor drawing about and explaining the topic. There are also opportunities to be tested. The main courses offered are Math, Science and Engineering, Arts and Humanities, College, careers and more, and economics and finance. Within each of these topics there are more specific subjects.
Educational technology such as Khan Academy helps make education and support accessible to all learners. When using this kind of tool, it is important to consider the pros and cons, as well as privacy issues that you may need to be aware of.
– help teach students on their own
– easy to access
– wide range of topics/subjects
– you can learn at your own pace
– there are ways to test your learning
– many different questions to ensure you understand
– free, nonprofit
– when students need further explanation about a topic, if the teacher is not easily available for one on one help, Khan Academy can be a resource for that extra guidance.
– can be a good studying tool
-encourages UDL and individual pace of learning
– no real classrooms
– teachers are not present
– still very conventional (SAT MCAT prep)
– students must have access to an electronic device and internet connection
– innate differentiation between students
– sometimes you have to sort through many different examples to find one that suits your specific needs/learning style
– when learning from video examples, it can be difficult to replay the same video to go over a specific aspect of the video, as the system tries to move forward onto the next video, however if you access it from another source, the video will play.
– loss of collaboration
– only one teaching style
– the videos could be to fast for some students to follow
– cannot ask specific questions about a subject. The videos are good but if you are not sure about something explained there is no way to clarify
– Students can work ahead of where their class is if they have a strong interest in a subject and then when they are in class they are bored and can start causing disruptions
By: Lauren T, Alison, Meghan, Kiya