This is an Education Week interview with Sal Khan of Khan Academy who speaks about the issues involved with online teaching, especially in light of all the school closures. Khan Academy has been actively providing online learning experiences for ten years and has lots of experience in structuring these experiences to make sense as a scheduled school day of activities. His experience should be enlightening as the country moves to online or distance learning.Source:
Rick Hess, Education Week, March 26, 2020Excerpt:
"The experience we've designed outlines what resources students can use based on subject and grade level. A student can take what's called a "course challenge"—or a summary of the whole year. Then, based on how they do, they can see where their gaps are and focus on the units they need most help with. Then, they can take unit tests to accelerate their understanding of what they know and don't know in that unit. We also have experiences called "mastery challenges" where students can get as much practice on certain subjects as they need. We have literally tens of thousands of items so that kids won't run out of practice. Our curriculum also helps teachers and parents keep track of what students are working on, where they're progressing, and what they're having difficulty with."Read the full article here!