“Most people are held back not by their innate ability, but by their mindset. They think intelligence is fixed, but it isn’t. Your brain is like a muscle. The more you use it and struggle, the more it grows.”
This quote from Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, is telling of the mission at Khan Academy. “A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Talk about a loty goal for something started in a closet by one guy, using one computer, and Youtube in 2006. Well 11 years later his vision has grown to over 10 million users worldwide and available in over 8 languages. So one might wonder, how can I use this in my classroom, with my students, to help them grow?
We have an answer for that ! The School of Continuing and Online Learning at Cardinal Stritch University is developing a day of professional development for Milwaukee area teachers looking to come learn about the “coaching tools” in Khan Academy and how to use Khan Academy with their students. This spring (stay tuned for the date), we will hold a one day, in person event where participants will become acquainted with Khan Academy, learn how to enroll students, create classes, make assignments, navigate the site, and explore implementation strategies. Participants will also have time to collaborate with other participants and build a professional network of like users.
The support does not end with the day of learning. The School of Continuing and Online Learning will also give participants access to the free Canvas Course which will have support materials and resources for use.
So, stay tuned for an announcement in the first part of 2018 with a date, time, and location!