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Mar 12
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by Doug Goldberg

Khan Academy the widely popular online learning source has finally released an iPad App. If you don’t know much about the Khan Academy their website describes them as:

…an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

And now they are all available on your iPad as well!!! Still want to learn more about the Khan Academy watch the video below from last night’s 60 Minutes.

 

The Khan Academy app gives you access to all 2700+ videos in its educational library all for free. The videos are broken up by categories and sub-categories. Categories include, Math, Science, Humanities, Test Prep and Interviews. Each video provides an outline that can be used to jump to specific sections in each video. Since many of the videos are very long this is a good way to pinpoint exactly the part of the video you want to see and move to it quickly.

You can watch the videos over your internet connection but you can also download any of the videos directly to you iPad. This gives you the ability to take the videos along on trips or places without internet connections.

Since my son is in the 5th grade I tested the app on him. He is currently learning integers and how to add and subtract negative numbers. I easily navigated through the Math category to the sub-category of arithmetic and pre-algebra where I found negative numbers. I found 6 videos on negative numbers and played the first one entitled, “Negative Numbers Introduction.” This 9 minute video did a wonderful job of auditorily and visually presenting the information. My son is a visual learner and the video helped him see how to use a number line to determine negative numbers. This was just 1 of the 2700+ videos on the app. As you can see, Khan Academy is not joking when they claim, “Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.”

The Khan Academy app and the corresponding videos are amazing. Future versions of this app are scheduled to include the Khan Academy exercises that are currently available on the website. I can’t think of any downside to adding this free app to your iPad today!!!!!

 

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2 Responses to “Khan Academy Launches FREE iPad App”

  1. The Khan Academy’s mission statement, as you say and they claim, is to provide “a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” Such humility for an enterprise that by its very design excludes a large swath of the population.

    While no doubt the videos can benefit certain visual learners, I really don’t believe they are the cure-all Khan and company want us to believe they are.

    Take my students, all with IEPs and all English Language Learners. The arrogant use of florid sentences – as if the whole world can understand – is but one issue. Multiple visuals on one screen would be way too much for many of my students to handle.

    With a parent who speaks English and understands the content by the student’s side, talking to the student about what she is viewing, of course, the videos have the potential of making more of an impact. But, as designed – for students to watch and learn on their own – well, that’s just unrealistic.

    I have watched more than one video so I can’t be accused of generalizing my points based on the one video I wrote about. I don’t see them as the future of education because, like so many other “reforms,” too many are left behind and forgotten, or expected to just do as everyone else does, because others say they should.

    Sal Khan Never Taught Special Ed (or ELLs) http://photomatt7.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/sal-khan-never-taught-special-ed-or-ells/

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    • Hey Matthew Ray, I love your passion!!!

      I just emailed Khan Academy asking them to write a guest post on Using their videos with Children in Special Education including Autism and Learning Disabilities. Let’s see what response I get :)

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