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Hello Khan Academy Teachers!

I’m Suney Park, Khan Academy’s Teacher-in-Residence and 6th grade teacher at Eastside College Prep.

As summer ends every year, I always think about one change or ‘hack’ I can make to my classroom. This summer I compiled a list of the great hacks I heard from Khan Academy educators - can you add your favorites to this too?

My top three hacks:

**1. Classroom Scavenger Hunt. **Host a hunt at the beginning of the year to help students become familiar with the classroom and where all the supplies are. You could also try a virtual scavenger hunt on Khan Academy’s site to help students discover all of its cool features. I did this last year and my kids discovered new things on the site that I didn’t even know existed! To see my Scavenger Hunt, visit this page and scroll to the bottom on “Introducing KA to your students”.

** 2. Need help/can help board.** A place where students can write their name and the concept they would like help with. Other students can write their name next to someone they are capable of helping. Perfect for Khan Academy, but useful for any activity, the board builds a strong community environment in the classroom. See a picture of this board on Facebook.

** 3. 30min peer tutoring role play.** Ask students to role-play a good example and a bad example of peer tutoring. Then as a class, write down all the qualities of a good peer tutor, e.g. they ask me questions instead of telling me the answer, they are patient, etc. This worked great when using a Need Help/Can Help Board.

What’s the one thing you’re changing in your classroom this coming year? Share it on our Facebook wall and see what other Khan Academy teachers are sharing!

For the Redwood City, CA workshops, apply by 6/26 at: www.khanacademy.org/r/summerworkshops2013

For the New Orleans, LA workshop, apply by 7/1 at: www.khanacademy.org/r/NOLAapp

**Looking for a list of skills to review this summer? Check out the recommended practice exercises courtesy of the Boys’ Latin School in Maryland. **

**For more math practice, log in and explore Khan Academy’s knowledge map.**

**Grade 6 Math **

1. Adding and subtracting negative numbers

2. Multiplying and dividing negative numbers

3. Adding decimals

4. Multiplying decimals

5. Subtracting decimals

6. Dividing decimals

7. Greatest common divisor

8. Least common multiple

9. Divisibility

10. Order of operations

11. Mean median and mode

12. Adding and subtracting fractions

13. Multiplying fractions

14. Dividing fractions

15. Triangle types

16. Angle types

17. Converting decimals to percents

18. Converting percents to decimals

19. Converting mixed numbers and improper fractions

20. Simplifying fractions

**Pre-Algebra**

1. Adding and subtracting negative numbers

2. Subtracting Decimals

3. Adding Decimals

4. Absolute Value

5. Division 3

6. Multiplying Decimals

7. Greatest Common Divisor (Factor)

8. Division 4

9. Order of Operations

10. Least Common Multiple

11. Exponents I

12. Adding and Subtracting Fractions

13. Multiplying Fractions

14. Dividing Fractions

15. Linear Equations

16. Complimentary and Supplementary Angles

17. Graphing Points 2

18. Ordering Numbers

19. Equivalent Fractions 2

20. Writing Expressions

**Algebra 1**

1. Prime Factorization

2. Greatest Common Factor

3. Least Common Multiple

4. Dividing Fractions

5. Order of Operation

6. Evaluating Expressions

7. Scientific Notation - video

7. Scientific Notation - exercise

8. Exponent Rules

9. Pythagorean Theorem

10. Percentage Word Problems

11. Writing Expressions

12. Graphing Points

13. Slope of a Line

14. Graphing Linear Equations

15. Graphing Inequalities

16. Graphing Systems of Equations

17. Simplifying Radicals

18. Multiplying Expressions

19. Factoring Polynomials

20. Factoring Difference of Squares

**Geometry and****Geometry Honors**

1. Angles 1

2. Angles 2

3. Complementary and Supplementary Angles

4. Distance Formula

5. Solid Geometry

6. Adding Fractions

7. Dividing Fractions

8. Identifying Slope of a Line

9. Factoring Polynomials 1

10. Multi-step Equations

11. Multiplying Polynomials

12. Equations of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

13. Multi-Step Linear Inequalities

14. Evaluating Expressions in 2 variables

15. Systems of Equations

16. Multiplying Expressions 1

17. Simplifying Radicals

18. Pythagorean Theorem

19. Special Right Triangles

20. Trigonometry 0.5

**Algebra II**

1. Inverses of Functions

2. Domain of a Function

3. Quadratic Formula

4. Solutions to Quadratic Equations

5. Systems of Equations

6. Solving Quadratics by Taking the Square Root

7. Solving Quadratics by Factoring

8. Graphing Parabolas in Standard Form

9. Graphing Paraboloas in All Forms

10. Equation of a Line

11. Solving for the Y-Intercept

12. Completing the Square 1

13. Trigonometry 1

14. Simplifying Expressions with Exponents

15. Factoring difference of squares 2

16. Linear Equations 4

17. Writing Expressions 2

18. Inverse Trig Functions

19. Shifting and Reflecting Functions

20. Vertex of a Parabola

**Algebra II Honors**1. Solving for the Y-Intercept (Alg I)

2. Average Word Problems (Alg I)

3. Multi-step linear inequalities (2.1-3)

4. Linear Equations 4 (3.1-4)

5. Systems of Equations (3.5)

6. Domain of a Function (3.8)

7. Simplifying Expressions with Exponents (4.2)

8. Multiplying Expressions 1 (4.3)

9. Solving Quadratics by Factoring (4.5)

10. Factoring difference of squares 2 (4.6)

11.Simplifying Rational Expressions I (5.4)

12. Simplifying Rational Expressions II (5.4)

13. Multiplying Complex Numbers (6.7)

14. Completing the Square 1 (7.1)

15. Quadratic Formula (7.2)

16. Shifting and Reflecting Functions (7.5)

17. Inverses of Functions (10.3)

18. Trigonometry 1 (12.2)

19. Trigonometry 1.5 (12.2)

20. Writing Expressions 2 (whole text)

**Precalculus**

1. Systems of Equations and Inequalities

2. Trigonometry 2

3. Unit Circle

4. Trig Identities

5. Logarithms 2

6. Even and odd functions

7. Complex numbers

8. Exponents 4

9. Graphing Systems of Equations

10. Adding and Subtracting Fractions

11. Absolute Value of Complex Numbers

12. Scaling Vectors

13. Vectors

14. Domain and Range

15. Dividing Fractions

16. Degrees to Radians

17. Completing the Square

18. Factoring Polynomials

19. Inverse Trig Functions

20. Radical Equations

**Pre-calculus Honors**1. Systems of Equations and Inequalities

2. Trigonometry 2

3. Unit Circle

4. Trig Identities

5. Logarithms 2

6. Even and odd functions

7. Complex numbers

8. Exponents 4

9. Graphing Systems of Equations

10. Adding and Subtracting Fractions

11. Dividing Polynomials by Binomials 3

12. Scaling Vectors

13. Vectors

14. Domain and Range

15. Dividing Fractions

16. Pythagorean Identities

17. Completing the Square

18. Factoring Polynomials

19. Inverse Trig Functions

20. Radical Equations

1. Expressions with Unknown Variables 2

2. Logarithms 2

4. Domain of a Function

5. Solving Quadratics by Factoring

6. Quadratic Formula

7. Trigonometry 1 (Alg 2)

8. Trigonometry 1.5 (Alg 2)

9. Inverse Trig Functions (PC)

10. Limits 1

11. Limits 2

12. Derivative Intuition

13. Derivatives I

14. Power Rule

15. Chain Rule

16. Product Rule

17. Quotient Rule

18. Special Derivatives

19. Unit Circle

20. Trig Identities

**AP Calculus AB**

1. Limits 1

2. Limits 2

3. Derivative Intuition

4. Derivatives I

5. Power Rule

6. Chain Rule

7. Product Rule

8. Quotient Rule

9. Special Derivatives

10. L’Hopital’S Rule

11.Unit Circle

12.Trig Identities

13. Inverse Trig Functions

14.Adding Vectors

15.Scaling Vectors

16.Simplifying Rational Expressions 3

17.Logarithms 1

18. Logarithms 2

19. Recognizing Concavity

20. Recognizing Slope

Last Saturday at a science picnic in Warsaw, Polish Academy of Sciences held a workshop about using Khan Academy. ”Khan Academy Angels” who are high school students (in this case from Czacki High School) explain using KA to kids.

Burmese videos being viewed at a monastic school in Rangoon, Burma.

More images about the Khan Academy Burmese translation project.

U.S. teachers across the country are eager to ensure their students stay fresh through summer into autumn on all the concepts they worked so hard to learn this past school year.

Check out how a handful of these educators are combatting the summer slide and instead are swinging into summer learning:

In Maryland, The Boys’ Latin School is encouraging a Summer Math Review, and had their students sign up to Khan Academy and work on a focused set of recommended skills for the relevant grade level. Check out their Khan Academy Summer Math Review list which recommends math exercise content for 6th grade up through AP Calculus AB.

In Arizona, 6th grade teacher Courtney Biller personalized her students’ summer learning with a note to parents introducing Khan Academy, and an individualized suggested list of exercises for their child to work on. She is also sharing the joy in her other day job, teaching future teachers about Khan Academy as a free resource for their classrooms. She exclaimed, “I love how student friendly your site is!”

In West Virginia, Derek Oldfield is not waiting for the Fall to get his students started on Khan Academy. His students are all already signed up on Khan Academy. He is stoked that students wanting to start the school year ahead of the pack are already getting started.

In Texas, the folks at UT Brownsville recently had a Khan Academy training for their faculty to learn how start using Khan Academy in their classes, and are clearly wasting no time to scale the impact. This summer they are incorporating Khan Academy into their freshmen Summer Bridge and Math Department Boot Camps to prepare students for university level math.

Eager to get started? Check out more at www.khanacademy.org/coach-res!

A little while ago, we had a guest post from education non-profit Numeric in South Africa that is using Khan Academy with their students. Founder Andrew Einhorn recently sent this little update that we thought was really fun, and exciting to hear about the progress happening in South Africa.

Firstly, we continue to enjoy Khan Academy as much as we did when we started in 2011. It just gets better and better, and we’re loving the new tutorial format/look-and-feel.

Our kids are happy too. I recently visited one of the programmes in a very poor area called Mitchells Plain. The kids had prepared a little dance for us, to which the lyrics were “Khan Academy is so cool cause I love maths!” (see photo). With a bit of luck we’ll have some footage of this dance to send through to you guys at some point.

As far as Numeric goes, we recently hit the 500 learner mark. Because Khan Academy does so much of the admin work for us - lectures done, exercises graded electronically, classlists and results tabulated automatically - we are able to run these programmes in a very lean fashion. We have 17 active coaches and are able to deliver over 1500 learner hours of Khan Academy each week!

In South Africa there is still a mountain to climb. The average score on our national Grade 9 maths assessment was 13.9% last year. But I am increasingly optimistic about the prospect of a turnaround and I have little doubt Khan Academy will have a large role to play in doing that.

I hope this finds you well.

Best wishes to you and the team.

Andrew

As reported in The Daily Maverick…

Fourteen-year-old Rhoda Chitegha, a grade 9 pupil from Diepsloot north of Johannesburg, was struggling to pass maths until she discovered a small Khan Academy maths class at her local community centre.

“I didn’t understand most of the concepts in maths and that is why it was hard for me. There are about 44 children in my maths class in Diepsloot and you don’t always get a lot of time with the teacher, but since I have come here (to the Khan Maths project at the Diepsloot community centre), maths has become fun and I have learnt so many more things than I knew before. It is easy to enjoy maths here. There are videos to watch and people who will help you,” says Chitegha, during a break from her course.

The Khan Maths project operates from a connected computer room in a community centre on the outskirts of what is one of Johannesburg’s most densely populated urban settlements…”

See the full article here

Watching Khan Academy videos is anything but a passive activity for Kathy Day Bobb’s 5th grade students. What’s intriguing about how this elementary school teacher is integrating Khan Academy into her curriculum is that she doesn’t just ask students to watch a video at home. She has them reflect on what they learned by using a Google survey as homework where her 5th graders write about what the they learned in the video, any questions that arose while they watched at home, and how they would approach teaching the concept to their peers.

Kathy takes this resource even further in her classroom, reviewing survey results with students to spark discussion and inform her lesson. Kathy provides additional clarity around the topic based on the students’ questions. She also asks students to identify what makes a good explanation - and to provide feedback on both her style, and Sal’s. This discussion encourages critical thinking about a lesson. Based on the lesson, Kathy empowers her students to then create their own Khan Academy style videos on their iPads. What better way to show that you understand a topic than to explain it to your peers?

Check out this video from two 5th graders in Kathy’s class who explain a sample problem in their video “Beyond the Lesson: Algebraic Equations”

http://www.screenchomp.com/t/dB7cTgoBMGDV

Are you using KA videos in your school? Let’s us know how you’re integrating it into your interactive classroom!

I recently passed by a sign that said “I teach. What’s your superpower?”, and was reminded of the teachers that have been superheroes in my life. There were a few precious teachers who encouraged a shy little girl to love learning, changing the course of her life forever.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to superhero teachers, including the 30,000 teachers across the world that are using Khan Academy in their classrooms, and changing the lives of students.

We salute you as you endeavor to provide more personalized, mastery-based and interactive learning experiences for your students. Thank you for putting in the long hours, for giving it your heart and soul, and for being a role model and an inspiration to students to be lifelong learners and explorers.