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Device considerations

You can use a wide variety of devices when using Khan Academy. Each device has pros and cons outlined below for the most common devices to help you decide what works best for your organization.

Device Pros Cons

Windows or Mac laptops:

A flexible solution in terms of available compatible software.

  • Excellent support for all KA features
  • Larger screen + keyboard make using KA easier
  • Easily usable in other classes for writing essays and doing research
  • Can run Microsoft Office and other desktop applications
  • Expensive
  • Lower battery life
  • More manual maintenance required, antivirus software often needed
  • Less mobile (tends to force students to work at desks)
Chromebooks:
These devices run the Google Chrome browser and can access any website or online application, including websites that use Adobe Flash.
  • Affordable
  • Excellent support for all KA features
  • 6+ hours of battery life
  • Larger screen + keyboard make using KA easier
  • Automatic software updates, minimal maintenance required
  • Secure by default management console allows centralized control of device settings
  • Easily usable in other classes for writing essays and doing research
  • Less mobile

iPad:
This particular tablet can download a variety of rich educational content from the App Store.

  • Sturdy, harder to damage
  • We have a newly released iPad app which supports all videos and math exercises.
  • More portable
  • Moderately expensive
  • Some interactive KA content, including coach reports and programming are not currently available on iPads.
  • Harder to use for writing essays and other papers.

Other tablets:
Most other tablets have less advanced web browsers and some KA features may not work correctly. On newer Android tablets, the Chrome browser works the best.

  • Affordable
  • Support for KA videos and most exercises
  • Students can move around more easily while working
  • Some interactive KA content, including coach reports and programming are not currently available on all tablets.
  • Harder to use for writing essays and other papers.
  • Fewer educational apps and resources are available
  • More manual maintenance required.

In addition to devices, some additional accessories may be useful:

Headphones

For environments that will be using videos significantly (such as schools or after-school programs), offering headphones is common. Offering the option for students to bring their own headphones while providing access to a class-set allows for both longevity of the classroom set, as well as may calm parents' concerns about sharing of headphones / germs.

Mice and keyboards

If your device does not come with a mouse or keyboard, that is not a huge issue, but can be helpful. When testing out devices, it is recommended to try using the Khan Academy website to see what other accessories might be helpful (particularly when using the exercises and data reports)

 

Original May 11 2015

Last updated April 15 2016

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