Small set of devices
I have a small number of devices in my class, what can I do?
Stations & rotations
- Create stations that students can rotate through. We recommend at least 30 min in each station so that students have ample time to actually practice problems and watch videos.
- At the Khan Academy station, students can work on their corresponding missions, skills aligned to class lessons, or a mix of both!
- During rotations, see how your students are progressing and intervene when appropriate.
- If you are unable to help students as they use Khan Academy, encouraging peer tutoring is a way to help the students help themselves as they learn.
- Real-life example: ALISON, 4th grade teacher
Alison started out her Khan Academy implementation with 8 computers. She divided her class into 3 groups and set up 3 stations: 1) practicing specific skills on Khan Academy, 2) group problem-solving on complex math problems, and 3) working on math projects. Each rotation lasted about 30 min, with students rotating to a different station each day. Read more about Alison’s class here.
Targeted interventions with mini-quizzes
- Use a mini-quiz to see how your students are progressing on a specific concept. Students who need more help can be in a small group with you, while students who are proficient can practice more advanced skills on KA.
- It is likely that the same students use the computers consistently, so try rotations or other ways that allow more equal access.
- Real-life example: LINDSAY, 5TH GRADE, CA
Lindsay had 8 devices in her room. Each week she created a list of Khan Academy skills that aligned to her lessons. At the start of each day, she gave students a quick entry quiz. Those who proved they already knew the lesson could go to one of the computers to work on the Khan Academy skills Lindsay had chosen for that week. Those that didn’t would stay in a small group lesson with Lindsay. She also used her computers to help her most remedial students brush up on basic numeracy.
Fundraising and grants
What are some ways to guide students through missions?
- Students who need remediation: If you have students who are performing below grade-level, missions such as Early Math, Arithmetic, or Pre-Algebra can help solidify their math foundations first.
- Students who are at grade-level: These students can use their corresponding grade-level or subject-level missions to reinforce what they’re learning in class and move at their own pace through the year’s curriculum. They can similarly use missions such as Arithmetic or Pre-Algebra to solidify their math foundations.
- Students who are above grade level: If these students want to make sure that they are prepared for their grade-level or subject-level exams, they can do so by working through the appropriate grade-level or subject-level missions. If they want to challenge themselves to learn more advanced material, then they can explore missions above grade level. And, they can always work on multiple missions at once!