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## Talks and interviews

### Course: Talks and interviews > Unit 1

Lesson 2: Schools using Khan Academy- Khan Academy's Discovery Lab - Summer 2012
- Khan Academy at Eastside College Prep (grades 6-8)
- Khan Academy in Los Altos School District
- Khan Academy at Summit Public Schools
- Khan Academy at KIPP
- Khan Academy at Oakland Unity High School
- Khan Academy at Marlborough School
- The Gates Notes: Administrators in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Teachers in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Students in Los Altos
- The Gates Notes: Insights into students' progress

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# Khan Academy at KIPP

## Want to join the conversation?

- Why don't more schools incorporate it into their curriculum?(3 votes)
- I am in San Ramon school district, California grades 4 and 5, 26 students. I am just starting the program in my classroom and in the learning process myself. Day 1 I knew more than the kids. Immediately, because of gaming, most likely, the kids were training me, even with the how to use the coaching area vs. the student learning section. My advice? Go for it.(11 votes)

- Has Kahn Academy ever consider teaching English grammar? Just go to Amazon.com and read the comments about anything sold, for example, and you'll be certain to find a good deal of poor usage (which really surprises me).(4 votes)
- Yes, we hope to expand to more subjects in the future. Our goal is to complete a full suite of Common Core-aligned math missions stretching from kindergarten to 12th-grade calculus by fall 2014. After that, we’ll turn our focus to the sciences and then other disciplines.(2 votes)

- Is this program designed only for math?(2 votes)
- No, not just math, because I found something I use every Friday with spelling tests. I also find cool things I use for Phonics(2 votes)

- how do you add mixed fractions(2 votes)
- Perhaps you'll find this video helpful- https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/cc-4th-fractions-topic/cc-4th-mixed-numbers/v/adding-subtracting-mixed-numbers-0-5-ex-1

Also, you could also work through the Mixed Numbers section by starting with this video- https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/cc-4th-fractions-topic/cc-4th-mixed-numbers/v/changing-a-mixed-number-to-an-improper-fraction(2 votes)

- What is the expense of introducing computers into the classroom for Khan Academy?(2 votes)
- It depends on a lot of things. If you can find used desktop computers for around $100-$150, then multiply that by the number of computers you plan to introduce. If you're willing to trust the students with laptops, Google Chrome is selling them for under $300 each. That makes more sense in the long run. Even though it's double or triple the price, it's cutting-edge technology instead of bare-bones capability. Then there's the cost of Internet bandwidth to figure in also. For more information, check out some of the other resources under the "Khan Academy in the real world" section and the other Coach Resource sections.(2 votes)

- How old is KIPP?(2 votes)
- how often does KIPP do Khan Academy?(1 vote)
- KIPP is that the school in San Jose Cali?(1 vote)
- Why are all the pilot programs in california? why can't they be in other states like arizona, nevada, new york, mississippi, or even the world?(1 vote)
- Also, you check out KA Lite, which is an offline version, so that people who don't have internet access can still benefit from some of the content, such as the extensive library of videos:

https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/(1 vote)

- I know that it might seem impossible to do, and I know that KA is focusing on the core curriculum as of now. But do you guys have any plan to do curriculum in graduate school? Or partner with graduate school to come up with specific curriculums. Whatever principles Sal has proposed for education, my school is completely opposite from it and that does not help the students learn at all. Instead they just focus on grades, which by no means assess the students accurately!(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- They're quirky. They don't always smell great. But I really love teaching middle school. (upbeat, playful music) They're pretty amazing, and it's a really pivotal age in terms of instruction and learning. And if you're able to make
an impression at that age it can really set students down a path to be really successful and have a lot of opportunity and options. (upbeat music) I really enjoy teaching math because I feel like too many times students have a really
terrible experience with math. And so I'm really passionate about filling in those gaps for kids and creating a meaningful
math experience for them that allows them to sorta re-embrace math and a love for mathematics. When I started the beginning of this year, students were tremendously
below grade level. These are sixth graders
that enter the school anywhere between a second grade level to, I think the higher range being, at a beginning fourth grade level. So on average, about two years,
two and a half years behind. I was at the charter school conference in San Diego last year, and Sal Khan spoke at the
conference about Khan Academy. It created a little bit of a spark, and I started, probably it
was a little disruptive, but was talking to the
people sitting next to me being like oh, I wanna
do this in my classroom. I don't know how we're gonna do it. I'm gonna go rogue if I have to and find the computers
and make this happen. And so after hearing Sal
speak at the conference, I went back and just went with it and started putting my students that were struggling on Khan. They were really into it. I think, given the
demographic that we teach just age-wise and the generation we teach, technology is so heavy in their lives. Everywhere they are, it's technology. They were real excited
to be using Khan Academy. They were like, "Yeah! I got this! I can do division now. I couldn't do division before." Using the data, I can break students into groups. I can target students who
are specifically struggling in certain areas. I can also see students as a whole. Like if, for instance, the
class completes a module on least common multiple. And they've all mastered it before I introduce it in the class then I know, hey, this isn't something I need to spend as much time on. So as a teacher, it's freed up learning time for me to use time more
efficiently as well. And that's really helpful for me as a teacher in my classroom. To really push kids. Helping them make progress towards the next grade level, but also helping them make progress just as mathematicians in general. When I started the beginning of this year, some of them liked math. A lot of 'em didn't like math. And Khan has just, has been an incredibly valuable tool in terms of just buying them in. I have one student
specifically who stands out when I think of them. He's like I used to hate math and now, now I really love it. They're not only accessing
sixth grade curriculum, but they're also succeeding in the sixth grade math curriculum. Some of the students have made two years growth mathematically. (fast-paced jazz music) Khan Academy allows them to go back if they didn't get it. But if they got it, to engage in a different
type of mathematics. It's just really awesome. To see them there on Khan Academy, doing their thing, searching for videos, tying it back to what
we're learning in class and being motivated to take charge of their own learning. (fast-paced jazz music)