Parent just called to inform his daugher will not be in school today due to a sprained or broken ankle. Parent asked what she can do for homework. My reponse: "Khan Academy". I purposely did not assign a time limit, or exercise limit. I had not thought of it before, but KA is excellent for absent kids sick/hurt sitting at home.
On Monday, I did as students asked, and introduced a system of grading students using KA. I was completly transparent with the process. Students now hold a piece of paper that clearly shows them their grade as they progress through exercise modules; here's an example:
According to the 'system' this student currently has a "C-". Today, students will use the following template to create a plan for the next two weeks.
Engagement seems to be noticably higher with this grading system (knock-on-wood). Students seem to respond well when they have a visible reference for their grades.
Students do not respond well when there are network connectivity issues. They love their KA time and become frustrated when something keeps them from it. Today there was a noticable delay in page loads of about 5-10 seconds! It was hard to watch. Studens were unmotivated and fidgety (rightfully so). A stable network is crucial. Unfortunately, the only thing I can do it sit and wait until my support ticket is addressed.