Khan Academy

iPhone/iPad
Free

If you haven’t heard of Khan Academy already we encourage you to try this free tool for both students and teachers. You need to know that the app is an extension of the Khan Academy website which is a non-profit, open source educational website with the aim of ‘changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere’.  Using the app you can watch more than 4,300 video lessons on topics including math, science, economics, and humanities either by streaming them from the site or downloading them for later viewing or when you don’t have an Internet connection. The app receives a 5 star EAS Certification and the EAS Recommended status.

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EAS Review

Salman Khan, an educator and former hedge fund analyst gave up his job and dedicated his time to start Khan Academy after uploading educational videos on Youtube to try and offer his young cousins a remote educational supplement. 
 
We think that two of the most important features of the app is the possibility to download the videos so you can watch them offline and the login function that allows you to access your profile.
 
Khan Academy is a simple learning app that is very easy to use. On opening the app you will see the menu on the left side with all the videos organized under 7 categories: Math, Science & Economics, Humanities, Test Prep, Partner Content, Talks and Interviews, and Coach Resources. At the time of this review the app provides access to over 4,300 videos currently available on the Khan Academy website.  On choosing one of the above categories you will open a more detailed menu that includes, for example under Science & Economics, biology, chemistry, computer science and more others. You will find many subcategories and at all times you are shown how many videos are included under each of them.  
 
The videos are organised like mini lessons, most of them under 10 minutes. All of them are lectured and feature very useful and witty slideshow drawings. You also have underneath the video player an interactive transcript that, even though it doesn’t scroll down automatically while the video plays, makes it very easy to follow or to jump around specific topics in the videos. Students will find this very useful if they think the lecture is going to fast or if they will want to review just certain parts.
 
We think that two of the most important features of the app is the possibility to download the videos so you can watch them offline and the login function that allows you to access your profile and see your progress (you will have to become a member of the academy and simply register for a new account).Until recently the app wasn’t offering any practice exercises and students had to use the website to get to practice what they learn.  But at the moment students can practice their skills by accessing their account and opening the knowledge map where they will find a series of mathematical tests. Khan Academy offers an extensive content relating to Math and most of the exercises provided are intended to develop math skills (you get to try exercises like adding negative numbers, subtracting decimals, logarithms and many more). Students can check their profiles to view their history, achievements and other suggestions on what they could learn next.
 
Khan Academy app also offers mentors, parents and teachers a coaching tool that provides insight into a child’s progress. Teachers are offered ideas, materials and best practices for integrating Khan Academy into their classrooms. You can create classes, add students and the skills they’ve worked on and completed. Having the possibility of accessing lectures at home means that students who struggle to focus in the classroom can catch up quickly with the rest of the class by exploring the mini-lessons at home and at their own pace.
 
 The lessons are accurate, easy to understand and very varied making it a good resource for all ages. Some videos took more to load than others and a back button in the account pages could be useful, but if you are a student who needs more help outside the classroom or just want to learn about subjects you are interested, Khan Academy app is an educational tool that will not disappoint. The app receives a 5 star EAS Certification and the EAS Recommended status.

From the Developer

Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.

Our iPad app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,200 videos.

We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.

Included in our iPad app:

- Downloadable videos: take individual videos or entire playlists to watch offline at your own pace

- Subtitles: follow along, skip ahead, or go back by navigating through subtitles

- Track your progress: Log in with your Khan Academy user account to get credit for watching videos, and see your achievements

- Exercises coming soon!

It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology; Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Head over to khanacademy.org to learn more.

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