The present education scenario of India is full of learning, opportunity, enthusiasm, and reformation! The teaching methods across India have undergone many changes in the recent past and it will undergo much more in the upcoming years. Gone are the days when teaching was limited to blackboards and books. Nowadays, teachers and students access knowledge via visually interactive classes and mostly through technology. The Educational system has planted its roots in Creative Teaching Methodology with the advent of Online Classes and PowerPoint teaching manners.
One such example is a non-profit organization – Khan Academy. Khan Academy started with a mission to change education for the better, by providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It is a manifestation of the vision possessed by Sal Khan, a globally renowned educator and thought leader in the field of education. The bottom line is that the usage of Khan Academy correlates strongly with students gains in their standardized exams and the learning outcomes of these students exceed the typical growth of their peers. The non-profit edu-tech company has recently introduced a myriad of new features that make the world’s most comprehensive learning platform more personalized, more useful in class and cooler than ever! All in all, the features will strengthen learning between teachers and students.
Let’s Venture In Detail Through These Features:
An Increased Personalization – The study content of Maths and Physics has been aligned as per the present Indian curriculum. The content is now available online as per the chapters laid down in the textbooks being used at schools.
Even the Signing up on Khan Academy is also now very easy. It also registers information on your focused subjects so as to make your experiences over the platform more personalized. Moreover, the coaching dashboard has been made user-friendly for the students as well as the centres.
Teachers Can Make Assignments With Due Dates for Their Class – Teachers for the first time can assign articles, exercises and videos over a vast range of subjects and grades. These assignments can either be made for the whole class or for a specific number of students. Students can look for these assignments on their respective Khan Academy homepage or on the Khan Academy app.
No sooner the students will complete assignments, and then the teachers will get the completion reports. This will allow the teachers to see the status of his/ her whole class as well the performance of each student in detail.
Rich Reports That Help Identity Learning Needs – The report cards thus issued will not only be real-time and easy to assess but also they will help the teacher know the performance of the students. This will make possible for the teachers to identify the most challenging problems in the class and what all efforts they require to put in to fill the gaps/ needs of individual students. This is already being used by teachers across the nation and they are finding it cool, for this helps them understand the learning needs of their students.
It is very useful for them to see at what levels are their students right now and what all improvements are needed. They highly recommend other teachers to use Khan Academy, not just because it is free but the quality of the content is very good and the technology behind the platform and the new coach tools are really is admirable.
Glamified Mechanics To Strengthen Learning – Who does not want to see 100% marks on their report cards? Almost everybody!! With Khan Academy, this is also possible. How?? Students are required to secure 70% marks or better on a set of problems to reach a ‘Practiced level’ on the relevant skill. But now onwards, students will be encouraged to enhance their performance and achieve the success rate of 100%. Thereafter, this performance will get reflected in their assignment report.
Quizzes And Unit Tests – In the unit test pages, now, quizzes and unit tests have been included to provide students with personalized study plans. When the students take up the brief quiz, they are provided recommendations for the specific exercises they should practice. In the middle of the units, quizzes have been included to check for understanding on additional skills. Thereafter, a final unit test will be conducted that combines problems from all skills within the unit to help students assess their progress.
However, teachers can neither assign nor view student results on quizzes and unit tests yet. The team is working on it; it will come up in the near future.
The Overall Impact on Education
Khan Academy offers more than 5,500 instructional videos. of which approximately 3,500 are about Math, and they continue to be extremely popular. However, Khan Academy is more than a massive repository of teaching videos; it also offers more than 100,000 practice Math problems that students can complete at their own pace.
The perception of the student of their time spent on Khan Academy is highly positive. The engagement level of the students is generally high. Students believe that use of Khan Academy encouraged greater independence in learning. The amount of time students spent working on Khan Academy varies considerably across and within sites, and also by school year. The continuous usage has shown improvement in student test scores along with improvements in three of the four self-reported non-achievement outcomes – Math anxiety, math self-concept, and academic efficacy.