Khan Academy is awesome! This past week, I was finally able to get all the kinks worked out so I could get students working on Khan Academy. I am currently working with a class of seventh graders and the first day I thought that maybe we would work on Khan for a half hour or so and then move on to something else. The students ended up working for over an hour and were begging to do it more next class.
When we returned to class the next day, one of the students had went home and learned all about parabolas and completed the whole unit. He was so excited to be learning math on his own.
It think that this may be a key point with a program like Khan. Students have some control over what they want to learn. When a student wants to jump ahead a few lessons, they either see that they are smarter than they thought, or if it is too hard, they go back to where they were working before. The teacher is not “giving” them lessons to do. They get to choose.
We have only used it for two days in the classroom this week, but I am excited to see the progress with the students over the course of the next few weeks. I think it is going to make a big difference in their math instruction. If you haven’t tried Khan Academy yet, do. I would do it right now!