When I pitch KA to great teachers, all of their questions stem from one idea: I see that it is a great tool, so stop wasting my time, give me some ideas about how I can implement this in my classroom with x # of computers, and we'll figure out the rest as we go along. Because teachers are experts in time management, they appreciate straightforwardness and immediately useful information. This one's for you.
- Assign KA modules as homework for struggling or high-achieving students.
- Intervene during class or before and after school in small-groups as necessary.
- Create a KA competition (individual or team-based)
- Introduce KA to students during school
- Track exercise proficiency, energy points, time spent on site on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for each individual or team
- Reward top performers in each category
1:3 or 1:4 Laptop:Student (~ 8-15 computers)
- Implement math centers with 3 or 4 rotating centers
- Center 1: KA
- Center 2: Real-life word problem investigation
- Center 3: New material with teacher
- Center 4: On-going PBL project
1:2 Laptop:Student (~ 16 computers)
- Divide class into 2 sections
- Section 1: Khan Academy
- Section 2
- PBL projects
- Direct instruction of traditional curriculum
- Standards-based instruction through modified curriculum
- Use all of class for KA
These ideas build on each other, and are not independent of each other. For example, you can still create a KA competition in a 1:1 laptop:student classroom. This list will be updated as I find more classrooms documenting their implementation. If you have more ideas, please let me know via comment or e-mail.