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Techno-Tools for the classroom | Khan Academy Offline offers wealth of knowledge

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 8:00 AMGen Clacken
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Khan Academy, created by educator Salman Khan in 2006, hosts one of the largest collections of instructional videos and related activities for the classroom. Their initiatives have now become invaluable assets to teaching and learning across many countries.

The platform is accessed by approximately 40 million students and 20 million teachers on a monthly basis. In 2012, they launched KA Lite, which is an offline version of Khan Academy.

 

WHAT IS IT?

 

KA Lite is a software that allows users to download videos and other content, related resources from Khan Academy for offline viewing and use. It can be installed on a personal computer (or other capable device) and be made available for private use.

Running KA Lite as a local server, one can watch Khan Academy videos, do Khan exercises, and track student progress all without needing an Internet connection. KA Lite has over 7,000 videos and 20,000 interactive exercises.

 

HOW DO YOU ACCESS IT?

 

While it may require limited technical support, accessing KA Lite is fairly simple. The software must first be downloaded from the Internet by navigating to https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/ and by clicking on the download button. Detailed instructions relating to installation across operating systems are provided for individuals to follow, and a comprehensive user guide can be found at https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/user-guides/embed/user-manual-012. Accessing KA Lite is free.

 

HOW DO YOU USE IT?

 

KA Lite lessons, along with accompanying exercises, range from a wide selection of subject areas (including math, science and language arts) from kindergarten to college grade levels.

The lessons and exercises can be used as part of actual lesson delivery, or they can be assigned as out-of-class activities in a flipped classroom construct. Exercises provide instant feedback and step-by-step solution prompts that assist students with understanding concepts they find difficult.

Through a points system, teachers can actually track student progress and customise learning experiences to meet students' individual needs. KA Lite can also be used by individual students without teacher intervention and is very popular among college students. The software can also be incorporated in home-schooling curricular and provides great promise for those seeking to develop adaptive-learning programmes.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE IT?

 

The KA Lite Team is on a mission to bring the "power of online learning to the offline world", and this is exactly what they have been able to accomplish in their few years of existence. One hundred and forty countries currently use KA Lite, and research indicates that the resources available through the software are being used to boost student performance in even the remotest of areas.

The use of the software has been associated with improved levels of learning and retention. It has been used to facilitate reinforcement activities, and it provides teachers with opportunities to customise learning for individual students. Best of all, these benefits can be accessed offline.

 

SUMMARY

 

Tool: KA Lite

Classification: Content Sharing Software

Location: https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/

Classroom Application:

Engagement/introductory activity

Evaluation/culminating activity

Content-sharing tool

Reinforcement tool

Cost: Free

- Gen Clacken is an educational technologist with 15 years experience in online education, she can be contacted at gen.clacken@lamadinteractive.com