I have teachers and administrators ask me how they can best use Khan Academy videos in the classroom, and my first question to them is: "Have you tried any of the exercises?" More often than not, the answer is "What do you mean by exercises?" Here's how to make the best of the exercises.
- Have students practice whichever exercises you want them to - or all.
- Interpret the data provided by KA.
- Re-teach specific topics to specific students through targeted intervention.
Here are just some of the 300+ excellent exercises created by the dev team. Just click on "Practice" at the top right to access them.
2. Interpret Data
After having students practice these exercises look at all the data you can access:
3. Targeted Intervention
Use the data to:
- Teach a specific topic to a small group
- Have a student proficient in a topic teach someone who is struggling
- Re-teach a topic to the whole class
Bottom line: Don't worry about the videos that get all the hot press and criticism, worry about the exercises. This is how kids feel about videos anyway.
Shoutout to Ben Eater, Ben Kamens, many other Bens, the rest of the dev team, and the interns for choosing to use their brains to create exercises instead of figuring out how to get more people to click on ads.