Khan Academy

Common Sense Media says

Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Khan Academy has a simple design where users look through its library of videos, currently categorized by six topics: math, science, finance & economy, humanities, test prep, and talk and interviews. It would be helpful if there were a way to save favorites.

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Privacy & safety

Users can log on via Google or Facebook accounts, and can also post their favorite videos on their Facebook page or Tweet them on Twitter. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Khan Academy is a free educational app that supplements the Khan Academy website and The Khan Academy YouTube channel, which were founded by Salman Khan, who holds degrees in math, engineering, computer science, and business. Kids (and adults) pick tutorials of interest from the large library of nearly 3,000 videos.  The library mirrors the content that can be found on the website, and all educational tutorials follow the same low-tech format -- you never see Sal's face and only see the notes and illustrations he makes on his electronic blackboard. Users have the option to watch later and log on via their Khan Academy user account, Google, or Facebook to keep track of their viewing history and earn badges.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication
  • arithmetic
  • subtraction
  • fractions
  • functions
  • numbers
  • calculus
  • geometry
  • probability
  • graphing
  • division
  • ratio
  • sequences
  • equations
  • addition
  • shapes
  • algebra
  • statistics

Science

  • energy
  • plants
  • astronomy
  • gravity
  • rocks and minerals
  • biology
  • substance properties
  • chemistry
  • weather
  • ecosystems
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Social Studies

  • events
  • history
  • the economy
  • government

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • academic development
  • achieving goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Parents have the option of sharing kids' artwork and ecards via email or Facebook. Kids can take and save photos using the app; these can also be shared.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about various topics, including math, science, finance, and history. Instructor Sal Khan gives simple explanations and makes great use of his electronic blackboard when he breaks down both basic and complex concepts.

Support

Users can log on via their Khan Academy user account, Google, or Facebook to keep track of their viewing history and earn badges. Site design is comfortably simple.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication
  • arithmetic
  • subtraction
  • fractions
  • functions
  • numbers
  • calculus
  • geometry
  • probability
  • graphing
  • division
  • ratio
  • sequences
  • equations
  • addition
  • shapes
  • algebra
  • statistics

Science

  • energy
  • plants
  • astronomy
  • gravity
  • rocks and minerals
  • biology
  • substance properties
  • chemistry
  • weather
  • ecosystems
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Social Studies

  • events
  • history
  • the economy
  • government

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • academic development
  • achieving goals

Kids can learn and review basic arithmetic skills and procedures found in math courses from pre-algebra through college. Some videos and practice problems are aligned with the Common Core Standards, and the site has a chart that outlines this information. There are also videos on problems from the national math contest, as well as from practice standardized tests. There are also videos on a wide range of other subjects, from cryptography, science, and humanities to learning computer programming fundamentals.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jinny Ree

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In Khan Academy, kids (and adults) can watch close to 3,000 videos for free and have the option of downloading videos to watch later. After you log in, you're able to keep track of your viewing activity, and will be awarded badges to motivate you to continue the learning. The app provides the same educational videos found on The Khan Academy website.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Khan Academy gives kids access to a seemingly endless number of free educational videos. Sal's uncanny ability to explain the most basic and complex subjects in these brief videos is impressive, engaging, and educational to boot. Kids can customize their learning as they select tutorials they're actually interested in. Since Khan Academy creates content that supplements K-12 math, science, and history concepts that kids learn in the classroom, parents can use the app as a tool to reinforce topics or practice ones that kids maybe struggling with.      

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can watch videos along with kids; encourage discussion about the skills and underlying concepts being learned.

  • Parents can remind kids that, while building skills fluency is an important part of math, there are other important ways to experience and learn about math.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 25, 2012
Category:Education
Size:1.90 MB
Publisher:Khan Academy
Version:iPad
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old February 8, 2013
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8
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LEARNING

Awesome!

I use this app all the time! My dad found out about the website(free,by the way)and ever since,it's helped me in school! It has movies on everything.
Kid, 12 years old October 20, 2013
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10
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Great Website- My 10 Year-Old Brother Does Programming!

This is a highly educational, kid friendly learning website for kids ten and up. It gives great tips on school subjects, particularly math, so kids can go online and watch an in detail, but not boring video, giving you extra help on that topic! Highly recommended for students struggling, or just enjoy math.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Educator and Parent Written bymatthewtodd05 October 16, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Khan Academy - GREAT FOR EDUCATION!

Great education app that models problem solving strategies using both Smartboard lecture style presentations and interactive activities.
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