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Comment: Khan Acadamy != Teaching (Score 1) 134

by Aaron_Pike (#36153246) Attached to: Let Them Eat Khan Academy

For what it's worth, IAAMT who has worked with ALEKS and Khan Academy.

The Khan Academy videos aren't bad, but they're really just textbooks that move and talk.

The Khan Academy mastery exercises aren't bad, but they're really just worksheets of arbitrary length. The instant feedback is pretty cool, but it's just a faster way of doing a worksheet and then checking against the teacher's key.

The instant feedback for a teacher isn't bad, and it makes monitoring student progress more efficient, and making tasks more efficient is the bailiwick of software engineering. That said, throwing Khan Academy (or ALEKS or other similar program) at students will get you pretty much the same result as tossing them a textbook and some worksheets.

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