Flipping the classroom

Khan Academy gives students a hand on schoolwork, at home.

Khan Academy is like a best friend that is  there to help when  the car breaks down and the nearest gas station is miles away. Whenever there are times of confusion and doubt, Khan Academy is there to give help out of the situation.

Every student knows the frustration of getting home after school, cracking open the homework only to be stumped by the task assigned. Help at 9 p.m. is hard to find and the school’s Academic Lab has been closed for five hours.

“I use it mostly for geometry,” Jennifer Marey (9) said. “I like how Khan Academy explains things in depth, and they go through step by step how to do whatever you are learning about.”

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education by providing a free world-class education to people everywhere. The website offers students use of an extensive video library, which includes K-12 math, various science topics, finance and history. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long and is specifically designed to help all types of students.

Mrs. Mary Wisdom, Math Department chair, learned about Khan Academy at a workshop last summer and has encouraged kids to utilize the resource ever since.

“We have it on our math website, and there is a link to the Khan Academy there,” Mrs. Wisdom said. “I have it on my own individual website, so the kids can link to it and use it. Personally, with having kids in college, I’ve told my own kids to go use it when they struggle with a concept, too.”

One of Khan Academy’s goals is to give even the lowest-level students and citizens the opportunity to learn with no cost to use the website.

“Too many people around the globe don’t have access to good education materials, or they are forced to learn through a system that doesn’t properly cater to their individual needs. Khan Academy is trying to provide materials and resources that are available completely free of charge,” according to the Khan Academy website.

Another great feature of Khan Academy is the videos can be accessed on any device with an Internet connection.

“It’s nice to know that if you’re having a bad day and you can’t pay attention, you have a resource to use at home, and you can go back and do it again,” Mrs. Wisdom said. “It’s also nice to get a different perspective on how other people introduce a concept.”

Khan Academy is accomplishing their goal of providing free education to everyone as the website progresses and save the day for even more new friends along the way.