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Khan Academy Selects Idaho As Proving Ground For Flipped Classroom Experiment

By on March 4, 2013
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Khan Academy remains a player to watch in the world of open source online learning and free, educational videos. In the last week, Khan announced that it would partner with Idaho schools for a massive trial run. That means taking the myriad videos of prodigy tutor Sal Khan and the related software tools his team is developing into 47 schools on a more institutionalized basis. That means roughly 10,000 students across Idaho will use the Khan videos for homework. Watch for this to be a template for future arrangements Khan Academy will make with states and large school districts.
Here’s what the media had to say about the move:

Todd Dvorak writes in The Associated Press: 

With $1.5 million in startup money from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Khan Academy content will be provided in 47 schools, making Idaho the nation’s first proving ground for a statewide implementation of the academy’s free educational content and teaching model.

Schools selected to take part were picked from more than 75 applicants, with winners ranging from districts in the Treasure Valley to smaller, rural areas like Castleford, Cottonwood and Kellogg.

“Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system,” said Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the Albertson Foundation. “Khan Academy is a demonstration of the learning revolution in Idaho.”

The Khan Academy was founded in 2008 by former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan with the goal of making its courses in math, science, history and art available free through the Internet to students of all ages and backgrounds. The courses are available through videos, but the nonprofit also provides practice problems and data for reports and other projects.

Via The Republic

David F. Carr writes in InformationWeek:

Khan Academy is best known as a place where elementary, high school and college students go for help learning a concept they did not quite grasp when their instructor explained it. Particularly strong in mathematics and science, Khan Academy has been broadening its curriculum to encompass all subjects. Khan’s JavaScript-based tutorials on computer science were also cited in this week’s Code.org marketing campaign arguing that all students should learn basic programming skills…

The Idaho program is being funded by a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to “limitless learning for all Idahoans.” The money will pay for training, technology, technical assistance and assessment. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Northwest Nazarene University will support implementation of the Khan Academy program and will conduct research focused on using the videos to improve math instruction.

“We want to know that it’s not just a fad but does improve student achievement,” said center director Eric Kellerer. “In some of the smaller pilot studies Khan has done, they’ve seen dramatic results in 90 days. We’re going to have a whole year to work with them.” The program will start in the fall, although many Idaho teachers are already getting a start on it on their own, he said…

Although some of the schools will also be integrating Khan videos into science or computer programming instruction, math is a particularly important focus for Idaho because only 38% of students are performing at or above grade level, according to standardized tests, Kellerer said. Math instruction is also challenging for instructors, given that in a seventh-grade class there might be some students performing at a third-grade level and others at a tenth-grade level, Kellerer said. It’s common for a third of the students to be keeping pace with the class, a third to be tuning out because they are so far behind, and a third to be bored because they are so far ahead, he said. Teachers do the best they can to serve all these students, but self-paced tutorials provide a way of helping struggling students catch up, while those who are excelling can work ahead, he said.

Via Information Week

Todd Dvorak writes in The Associated Press: 

With $1.5 million in startup money from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Khan Academy content will be provided in 47 schools, making Idaho the nation’s first proving ground for a statewide implementation of the academy’s free educational content and teaching model.

Schools selected to take part were picked from more than 75 applicants, with winners ranging from districts in the Treasure Valley to smaller, rural areas like Castleford, Cottonwood and Kellogg.

“Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system,” said Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the Albertson Foundation. “Khan Academy is a demonstration of the learning revolution in Idaho.”

The Khan Academy was founded in 2008 by former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan with the goal of making its courses in math, science, history and art available free through the Internet to students of all ages and backgrounds. The courses are available through videos, but the nonprofit also provides practice problems and data for reports and other projects.

Via The Republic

Here’s a video from Khan’s recent appearance in Idaho. 


ED SESSION III with Sal Khan – Reactions in Idaho: Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, mixes it up with Idahoans at the Egyptian Theatre in ED SESSION III: Reinventing Our Education Future.



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jr
Mar 14, 2013

Hopefully with one state embracing the flipped-classroom method show on websites such as Khan or MathTV.com, other states will follow the example of Idaho and offer this method to their students more.

Education in the Digital Age | Convergent Literacies
Aug 14, 2013

[…] Internet, for instance, offers engaging, media-rich resources on numerous subjects. Just this year, Khan Academy announced its partnership with schools in Idaho to pilot the flipped classroom model with its vast collection of instructional videos. In June […]

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