Khan Academy

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Company: Khan Academy, P.O. Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042; Website: www Jchanacademy.org.

Price: Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization. All of the site's resources are available to all users. There is no charge for any of the features or services.

Audience: Khan Academy is designed to be used by learners of any age, although current topics seem most appropriate for children in the intermediate grades and above. Children may enroll using Google Apps for Education, which allows for managed accounts to students younger than 13 or by logging in through a parent account at www.khanacademy.org/createchild.

Format: Khan Academy can be accessed using various devices: website, www.khan academy.org; iPad, http://itunes.apple .com/us/app/khan-academy-watch.-prac tice./id469863705?mt=8Data;iTunesU, http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZ Store.woa/wa/viewiTunesUInstitution ?id=39 1034778.

System Requirements: Khan Academy requires a web connection and runs entirely in the browser. It needs no special software and can be used on laptops, Chromebooks, netbooks, iPads, and other tablet devices.

Description: Khan Academyis a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long. Interactive quizzes assess student understanding. A management option permits monitoring of student progress.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is easy and quick. The site requires a login and password. Verification to open an account is required through email. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features:

* Video library: More than 3,500 videos cover topics such as math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep. New topics continue to be added.

* Exercises: Randomly generated problems provide practice exercises based on skill levels. Step-by-step video hints and suggested videos provide immediate feedback.

* Data: Real-time data on student performance is available to teachers, mentors, or parents.

* Knowledge Map: The map shows all the challenges, skills, and concepts being taught. Students can use the map as a starting point. Challenges combine the concepts from multiple, smaller skills. …