Khan Academy offers free educational videos on concepts in Kindergarten through high school math and science courses, history, computer science, economics, and art.
47 Idaho schools will apply a flipped classroom methodology to teach students next year. Flipped classrooms provide students the opportunity learn new content prior to coming into class, similar to homework, but with new material.
The idea in Idaho is that students will use Khan as video instruction in order to understand their new content. Students then come to class ready to apply their newly learned material, allowing teachers to offer one-on-one instruction.
With a generous grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Khan will have $1.5 million to start transforming their video lessons into free online curriculum based courses.
Through practical activities students will learn independently, using class time for active question and answer sessions, instead of simply receiving passive lectures. Students who are advanced in certain areas would work on enrichment activities, while students struggling will get the additional face-to-face help they may need from a teacher.
Additionally, the online content can be used to address gaps in previous learning, to provide refreshers for students that have not used certain content recently, and to help prepare for some standardized testing.