This year, we will be using Khan Academy to provide a personalized learning experience for our students.
Khan Academy is a free online resource that allows students to learn anytime, anywhere, with material that is uniquely appropriate for them. Students can explore new topics and strengthen their Mathematics skills by using interactive practice and tutorials. As students learn, their activity feeds into reports that show their teachers information, such as areas of strength and weakness in a particular concept. Students can access Khan Academy in school and at home through their school Google account using the same email and password. Sometimes teachers will set Khan Academy as homework, either by stating a length of time to work on Khan (usually no longer than 30 mins) or by recommending specific tasks for students to complete. Children can access Khan on a computer or iPad (if they are working on an iPad, they will need to download the free ‘Khan Academy’ app from the App Store).
Khan Academy is designed to be an independent learning experience. It adapts to the student’s responses, targeting areas that require further practice. There is a built-in support system with hints and videos if a student experiences difficulty or is presented with a new concept. Therefore, we would ask you not to help your child when they are using Khan Academy, as this will distort their results and the tasks that they are faced with next. Of course, you can sit beside them and watch the maths they are doing. Although this is an independent activity, it is not intended that the questions are all done mentally and, as such, students are encouraged to have pencil and paper at the ready to use where necessary.
Please feel free to explore Khan Academy for yourself. There are many resources for parents. If you have any questions about Khan Academy, feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your support.