We believe that Khan Academy is best used in conjunction with projects that can deepen a student’s conceptual understanding of math. This is why we’re really excited to see how classrooms are using projects and Khan Academy together!
In the examples below, teachers have mapped out KA exercises to projects and shared them with us. This ensures that students have mastered the prerequisite skills necessary to benefit from the project. Over time we intend to work with teachers to develop a catalog of projects mapped to Khan Academy content so teachers can easily leverage this content in their classroom.
Project hooks: These projects tend to be collaborative and get students excited about a concept. At Summit San Jose, we saw students start a Geometry unit by watching a clip of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons devise a contraption that would block a portion of the sun over Springfield. Afterwards, students simulated that experience and set themselves up for learning more about ratios, proportions, and similar triangles.
Investigations: These projects tend to be self-directed or worked on in pairs. They are relatively short explorations (can be completed in a class period or two) that allow students to understand the material at a deeper level. We’ve seen teachers give students who are moving quickly through a unit an investigation so that they can continue to be challenged.
Scaffolded projects: These projects contain many parts and correspond to different KA exercises. At KIPP, for example, students learned about decimals, fractions, and percentages with a multi-stage project. The project started with a budget and a set of coupons given to each student to “buy” items for their room from an online store. After completing corresponding KA exercises, students worked on parts of their project such as converting fractions and percentages to decimals, calculating total savings, and solving for the amount of commission made.
- Khan Academy Teacher Toolkit
- Blogpost: Bringing Creativity to Classtime