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Khan Academy – For those of you with older kids, this may change a lot of how we do things.  Whether your child’s in school or homeschooled, this approach to sharing educational lessons looks amazing, as homework help or for teaching lessons.  Enjoy!

Best Advice You’ll Ever Receive – “Pay attention. Be astonished.”

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  1. Janet says:

    The Khan Academy looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to spend some time with the videos myself. Thanks for sharing it!!!!

  2. skywind8 says:

    I spent much of yesterday and some of today with the Khan Academy site. It’s pretty cool. I’m 33 and it’s been a long time since high school math, and I’m considering returning to college to try to complete my undergrad degree… so I thought this might be a great way to review. It has been.

    I worked through arithmetic, which was fairly straightforward if occasionally irritating (multiply 875.32 * 6.4276 by hand… “you’re kidding, right?”). But since it lets you pass at 10 correct in a row, it’s not TOO tedious. Now I’m working on algebra.

    It gives a rather surface view of most of the topics I’ve hit so far. I learned this stuff the first time around in a traditional classroom, and there are lot of nuances that aren’t being covered (or at least aren’t being tested), such as “when you write 9x – 5, the 9x belongs on the left, and the 5 belongs on the right”. I’m also finding that the practices test all levels of understanding of a topic, all at once… it could trip up beginners in an area. It’s not bad as a review or test once you’ve already learned something in depth from other sources, but I would be very hesitant to lean on it for really teaching math all by itself.

    I think it would be excellent for self-paced learned for gifted kids, if they had an in-person teacher to lean on for making sure any holes in the knowledge get filled in. It would a lot trickier for a dyslexic student who has trouble getting exactly perfect answers, because the computer is very unforgiving on anything less than perfection.

    As an adult who was strong in math when I went through it in school, I’m finding it a well paced review, that is bringing my skills back online quickly and without a lot of fuss. (What’s 1/100 to the power of -1/2? Oh you don’t remember what negative fractional exponents mean? Yeah, me neither at first. 🙂 )

    I am finding myself now, instead of mindlessly refreshing facebook when I’m bored, flipping over to my Khan browser window and working through math exercises instead. I’m finding it more rewarding, and naturally starting to build a habit of coming back to it. That’s a solid recommendation for their approach and style, because they’ve made it fun enough that I’m habitually returning.

    I do think it’s absolutely excellent that a site like this exists. It is a profound step forward in computer based learning. I do think the practice problems need a bit more depth and organization than they currently have though.

  3. Sarah Rainsberger says:

    Thanks for mentioning my site. 🙂

    Khan Academy is a website I’ve recommended over and over again as a former math tutor. Of course, I remember when the site was nothing but a page of links (all in little tiny font) to videos. I checked it out again just by chance a few months ago and whoa, is it different now! It now reminds me of number2.com (which has also apparently been bought and redone… time flies!) which is a self-study with monitoring component site for SAT prep.

    I highly, highly recommend Khan Academy as a self-study tool.

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