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Last month, Khan Academy launched our Spanish website! We have been excited to hear from educators, parents, and students about the impact this has had on classrooms and learning around the globe.
For more details about the newly available resources, read on!
Spanish-speaking learners can now:
1. Grow with our personalized math experience
Using the new learning dashboard (launched in August), learners receive personalized recommendations on what to work on next, have access to over 100,000 math practice problems, and can track their progress.
2. Explore tutorials in other topics
Our tutorials cover a range of subject areas, including physics, chemistry, biology, art history and more. These tutorials are currently being translated into Spanish.
3. Learn with a mentor
Learners can sign up a parent, mentor, or teacher to help guide their path. These coaches can access real-time dashboards to identify where learners are and where they need help.
If you are a registered user and want to change your language to Spanish, just select “Español” as your preferred language at the bottom of the homepage. Please note that the Spanish website is a work in progress. As Khan Academy creates new content in English (which we do on a daily basis), translators will be working to translate this content to Spanish.
Help us spread the word! Share our Spanish website with Spanish-speaking individuals or educational organizations.
Want to help translate? Apply to become a translator for any language.
¡Khan Academy acaba de lanzar nuestro sitio en Español!
Hay aproximadamente 6 mil millones de personas que no hablan inglés en el mundo. Para proveer recursos libres a cualquier persona en el mundo hemos pasado el último año traduciendo la experiencia que ofrece nuestro sitio a cualquier idioma escrito del mundo.
Con el lanzamiento de la versión del sitio en Español, estamos ahora proporcionando acceso a 500 millones de personas que hablan Español alrededor del mundo. En los siguientes meses y años traduciremos nuestro sitio a otros idiomas.
Las personas que hablan Español ahora pueden:
1. Crecer con nuestra experiencia personalizada en matemáticas.
Usando nuestro nuevo panel de aprendizaje (lanzado en agosto), los estudiantes reciben recomendaciones personalizadas sobre qué trabajar, teniendo acceso a más de 100,000 problemas prácticos de matemáticas y pueden dar seguimiento a su progreso.
2. Explorar tutoriales de otros temas.
Nuestros tutoriales cubren una amplia gama de áreas, incluyendo física, química, biología, historia del arte y más. Estos tutoriales actualmente están siendo traducidos a Español.
3. Aprender con un tutor.
Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse con un tutor o maestro quién le ayudará a guiar su camino. Los tutores pueden acceder a paneles en tiempo real para identificar en donde están los alumnos y donde necesitan ayuda.
Si eres un usuario registrado y quieres cambiar tu idioma a Español, selecciona “Español” en la parte inferior de la página principal. Ten en cuenta que la página en Español es un trabajo en proceso. Como Khan Academy crea nuevo contenido en inglés (lo cual hacemos a diario) los traductores estarán trabajando para traducir estos contenidos al Español.
¡Ayúdanos a difundir ésta noticia! Comparte nuestro sitio en Español con personas u organizaciones educativas de habla hispana.
Article by Derek Oldfield, a math teacher at Blennerhassett Middle School in West Virginia. Check out his blog at http://derekoldfield.edublogs.org.
Derek kindly gave us permission to reprint his original post in its entirety below.
These pictures (below) are from one of our computer labs in the school. My students typically spend 2 days a week in a computer lab as part of a blended learning strategy. In addition to face to face time in my classroom, I have really enjoyed the time my students get to spend at a computer. There are some things a computer does really efficiently and Khan Academy provides me with a tremendous amount of data that I can’t imagine teaching without. Just from today, I can tell which students need extra time converting 1-digit repeating decimals to fractions and vice-versa. By tomorrow, 90% of my students will have demonstrated they are ready to move on to the next skill. Back in the classroom I will try to incorporate engaging activities that reinforce what we’ve learned, while building on the next skill or topic. It’s difficult to share in pictures or words, but already today I saw students helping other students. This isn’t something I ask them to do, they just do it. The atmosphere we create inside the computer lab is unmatched. I’ll try to share more about my students’ experience in math class. Ask your students about their experience thus far and feel free to contact me with questions or feedback.
In his book The
Math Character Gap, Peter McIntosh shares his experience with how Khan Academy helped change his school’s math scores from the bottom 20th percentile on the California Standards Test to 11th in the state.
Read it for free!
The Character Gap: Why reduced student responsibility causes the math gap. How Khan Academy can help fix it!
When we made rebuilding student character (defined as responsibility, effort & confidence) our primary focus we achieved amazing results. Our average score on the California Standards Test (CST) for 9th grade algebra increased from 327 to 399, raising our state placement from the 20th percentile to the 99th percentile in just three years. We are now ranked 11th out of 1,377 high schools.
This is the story of how Oakland Unity High School, a small charter high school in the tough neighborhoods of Oakland, California, changed its math program and began the process of reversing the math gap. I am the algebra teacher at Oakland Unity High School. This book describes how diminished student character was the cause of that math gap and the specific steps we took to close it. An important part of our strategy was the use of Khan Academy. We describe the specific ways we use Khan and explain some of the reasons why Khan has been so effective. We also describe the specific policies we used to:
* increase student responsibility,
* improve effort on homework and classwork,
* address the total lack of student confidence on word problems.
Students today are not struggling in math because of poor content delivery. They struggle despite the best efforts of many good teachers because many of them are increasingly resistant to absorbing any content. They are stuck in a vicious cycle because they lack three character elements: responsibility, effort and confidence. I am not suggesting a diminution of the teacher’s role; I am suggesting a shift to emphasize leadership and inspiration over explanation. Any teacher that has survived in some of our tougher classrooms has the necessary leadership skills, and I believe that online learning makes this shift more effective.
These are good kids, who used to be enthusiastic learners, who have gotten off track for a variety of reasons. Many of the factors that caused them to lose their way may not have been their fault, but it is their responsibility to rebuild their own character. It is our responsibility as teachers to create the environment for that rebuilding effort. This is the blueprint for creating that environment.
The book is manageable to read at 21,000 words, but filled with useable, real-world solutions that brought our urban math classroom from the bottom of California high schools to the very top.
We just kicked off the first of a summer of workshops that focus on how educators can leverage Khan Academy’s tools for personalized, mastery-based, and interactive learning in their classrooms.
The most popular parts of the day included diving into the tools Khan Academy offers, as well as hearing from teachers who have been using KA - their biggest challenges and triumphs. One attendee commented, “It was great to hear that there is no one right way to implement, that it was an iterative process, and to see that each teacher had their own style and way to use Khan Academy in the classroom.” For more details, check out these case studies.
We were infused with the enthusiasm of so many educators looking to use Khan Academy, but wanted to share a note that one participant sent to our team:
Dear Khan [Academy] Team,
Although I stopped to thank Maureen on Tuesday, I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for offering such a productive seminar this week. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop for educators, and I came away feeling better equipped to expand my use of Khan Academy with my students, as well as answer concerns I’ve heard from colleagues. I am looking forward to the fall with excitement, ready to experiment a bit as I work to strengthen the math foundation of each of my students. I’m so glad I happened to be in the Bay area at such an opportune time, and I want you all to know how much I appreciated the opportunity to take part in the workshop.