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Khanacademy – a short review

Khan Academy is the online, distance learning service provided by non-profit organisation of the same name. Company’s mission is to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere(source). Firstly, the content was aimed at school pupils, and to say more precisely – the family children of Salman Khan. Service quickly grew from a uncle-tutor help videos to one of the biggest services in the world.

What type of content is offered?

The content is made from videos which are hosted on YouTube and this is the main content of the courses. The website is packed with gamification features, used to motivate students and help them to stay on track. Except videos, you can expect quizzes, teaching tools and interactive exercises. Moreover, you can also use Khan Academy through a mobile app.

After signing up, you’ll be asked two questions: how old are you (or – better said – where are you now on the learning path) and what are you interested in.
 

There are courses almost for all american main school subjects as well as some popular topics as programming or economics and finance. It contains also courses for exams preparation such as SAT or GMAT.

How to use it?

This post soon will be updated with links to my tutorials. Stay tuned.

Pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Free content made by non-profit organisation,
  • Courses aimed at young learners,
  • You can attend every course for free,
  • Great interface with many useful features,
  • Translated into many languages,
  • Great graphic design,
  • You can volunteer as a translator or a reviewer of content,
  • Badges for resilient learners,
  • Mobile app for iOS and Android (where you can download courses and learn offline).

Cons:

  • Courses mainly connected to the American educational system,
  • Language support is quite limited and depends on community.

Conclusions:

Khan Academy started off as a YouTube channel for the family tutoring. Meanwhile, it has developed to one of the biggest’s learning services.

In one sentence:  I would recommend using Khan Academy to refresh some knowledge in the high school material range or learn from the basic (for example Calculus).

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