With our Back-To-School 2018 features, teachers can choose to give classes or groups of students the same set of problems or a different set within a topic, and can get real-time data on class and individual progress for each problem in a Khan Academy assignment. This means that at any point during class, you can identify students who need one-on-one attention, create groups of students who would work well together, debrief individual problems, or review common wrong answers to highlight prominent misconceptions.
Benefits of Khan's teacher-paced practice
- Ensure that students are prioritizing appropriately and using their class time wisely.
- Identify problems that will facilitate relevant discussions and debate.
- See immediately when exercises are too easy or too difficult by tracking the entire class's progress.
For more information on how to use assignments for teacher-paced practice in class, refer to our implementation guides.
How to use teacher-paced practice
- Find the content that you want to assign, check that it is aligned to your standards, and preview the exact material your students will see.
Explore 100s of exercises, videos, articles, quizzes, and unit tests to assign on the Content tab; choose to assign single items, or to assign an entire lesson, unit, or course; select different courses to assign from by selecting the course drop-down. Standards will be available for Common Core Math, and will be available on the Content tab or for searching. Clicking on a standard will also expand its definition.
- Assign an exercise
Teachers now have several options when creating an assignment for groups or individuals. You can choose to give students the same or different questions (students will have the same number of problems regardless). You can assign to one class or multiple classes, one student or multiple students, and can choose a due date and whether to assign the material now or to save it for later. (Note: The ability to choose for students to receive the same problems is only available to some exercises, and is not available for quizzes or tests.)
- Check in on assignments
- All active assignments live on the Assignments tab. This is where you can track completion as it comes in, and can take administrative action on assignments, including extending a due date or manually adding new students to an assignment. To view the real-time report, click View Report.
- Identify wrong answers
Our new features also allow teachers to select specific problems to go over with their class as a whole. In this view, teachers can see the most common wrong answers students submitted, identifying common misconceptions and working together to address them. You can choose to expand names to see individual student respondents, or keep that collapsed to protect privacy. Then, you can select Reveal answer, which highlights the correct answer in green. In addition, you can see the Solution to view Khan Academy’s scaffolded response to this question, or Draw to open a scratchpad to write and talk through a problem.
- Check overall assignment progress
At the end of a class, teachers can see how that practice session compared with other assignments by looking at the Assignments tab By student view. Here, you can see all the assignments you have assigned to your class, and your students' best score on those assignments. You can also filter the results by specific due dates, pull up an assignment report by clicking the assignment name, pull up a student report by clicking a student's name, and pull up an assignment report filtered for an individual student but clicking an individual score. Assignments in green are scores of 100%. Assignments in yellow are between 71% and 99%. Assignments in red are below 70%. When this view first launches, teachers will not be able to choose custom color/score ranges.
- See individual student assignment history
To get a deeper understanding of student completion and effort, teachers can open the individual student report. Assignments are ordered with the assignment farthest into the future at the top. Each assignment shows the assignment, due date, status, number of attempts the student took, and the student's best score. This page is conveniently printer friendly, and can be shared with students or with parents.
- And finally, view your students' experience!
Students will see their assignments on their homepage, and on their Assignments tab (pictured above). Student assignments are sorted into Upcoming and Past assignments. Upcoming assignments are sorted with the assignment due closest today at the top. When students complete an assignment, it is crossed out for them. Students can always try an assignment again, and their score will be updated in their teacher’s report. Students can also review their assignments by clicking on their performance, and seeing how they answered individual questions.
Please note that we will be continuing to improve these new features over the coming days and weeks, and this article will be updated regularly to reflect any changes!
Additional functionality: Auto-assigning to new students
When navigating to a class that a student has joined since your last visit, you will see the following modal. You can then:
- Click Update: This adds the new student(s) to all not-yet-due assignments (active and draft)
- Click No thanks: the student(s) won't be added to the assignment
- Click outside of the modal to dismiss it: it'll pop up the next time you log in and navigate to this class
When adding new students (either creating them or importing from Google classroom), the prompt should open almost immediately after adding the students and will be the same prompt as mentioned before.