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  • - Hi, everyone, Sal Khan here for our daily livestream.

  • And just as a reminder of what this is

  • for some of you all who might be new is

  • as the school closures have kind of rolled out around

  • not just the country but the world,

  • we realized that there is a lot of

  • demand for folks to also feel a little bit

  • more connected to each other.

  • And there's just a lot of information going around

  • around the school closures,

  • there's a lot of materials that we're putting out,

  • and it would be nice to have a place

  • where we can all connect, at least once a day,

  • to make sure that we can answer each other's questions,

  • and get some of those announcements out.

  • And so we're calling this something

  • of a national or a global homeroom.

  • And the whole point is to ask your questions.

  • I have fellow team members who are looking

  • at the questions you're asking on Facebook

  • and in YouTube and on Twitter, and we will get to them.

  • We're also going to be bringing in some guests.

  • Now, one thing I do like to remind folks

  • is Khan Academy is a not-for-profit.

  • We are funded by philanthropic donations.

  • It costs a lot more money than you might think

  • to create a platform that can serve

  • hundreds of millions of people.

  • Khan Academy is much more than me.

  • We're over 200 full-time employees,

  • thousands of volunteers.

  • Just our server costs are many, many millions of dollars

  • and it looks like our traffic,

  • because of school closures is two X

  • and approaching three X of what it normally would be.

  • So we definitely need your help.

  • I want to do a quick thank you

  • to some corporate partners who have stepped up

  • very quickly to help us fund some of that gap,

  • although we need more help

  • from donations of all sizes.

  • But special thanks to Bank of America,

  • AT&T, google.org, and Novartis,

  • who have been some of the first to step up.

  • But we need more help from you and from others.

  • Now, the focus of today's livestream

  • is actually how do we help teachers and parents

  • get set up so that they could help their students.

  • We've been talking about that

  • pretty much in every livestream so far.

  • I've talked about these webinars that we've run

  • in the previous few weeks.

  • We've talked about some of the resources we've put out

  • like the daily schedule.

  • All of this is available

  • if you just go to khanacademy.org.

  • You'll see on our homepage.

  • You'll also see a little a banner,

  • regardless of where you are at khanacademy.org,

  • that will point to some of these resources.

  • Teeter professional learning at Khan Academy, Meaghan.

  • And so Meaghan will join us.

  • This will be a great chance,

  • and everyone can ask questions,

  • students can ask questions, parents and teachers,

  • but especially we're gonna start

  • for some of the questions from parents

  • and teachers on how do you get set up,

  • how do you look at student dashboards,

  • what are best practices, things like that.

  • And as I wait for Meaghan to get on,

  • I will give a few more announcements.

  • Above and beyond this livestream at Khan Academy,

  • we're trying to see what other supports can we give you.

  • So yesterday was the first time that we ran

  • a virtual classroom for algebra students.

  • These are students in Algebra I or Algebra II,

  • and this was at 10 a.m. Pacific.

  • We did it yesterday, and we were able

  • to cover some examples, answer questions

  • about systems of equations.

  • Tomorrow we're going to be doing again,

  • you can see an example of what it looks like.

  • We actually, it really did feel like a classroom,

  • and I think there was about a thousand students.

  • So we're all experimenting with new things,

  • and I was able to answer a lot of the student's questions.

  • Tomorrow we're gonna do it again.

  • We got a lotta positive feedback from it.

  • So on Thursday, at once again 10:00 a.m. Pacific,

  • and tomorrow's topic is actually going

  • to be factoring and graphing quadratics.

  • It's not just me giving a lecture.

  • We're gonna give you a problem to work on,

  • for students to work on, they're gonna be able

  • to fill out surveys on what they think the answer is,

  • they're gonna be able to vote on questions

  • for me to answer, so we're gonna try to make it feel

  • as much like a live, interactive classroom as possible.

  • With that, I'd love to bring on Meaghan,

  • and we can start answering some questions.

  • Meaghan, are you there?

  • (laughs) Oh hey, Meaghan.

  • - Hi Sal, and hi everyone.

  • How are you?

  • - Good, good, good.

  • And maybe a good place to start,

  • I just talked about the Algebra I

  • and Algebra II virtual classrooms,

  • but we're also leading webinars for teachers and parents.

  • If you could tell us a little bit about those?

  • - Absolutely, Sal.

  • We know that this is a pretty chaotic time

  • for everyone, students, parents, teachers,

  • and we are trying to offer opportunities

  • for parents and teachers, as well as students,

  • to ask their questions and find a space

  • where they can share some of the things

  • that are going through their heads right now

  • and how we might be able to best support them

  • through this transition.

  • And so over the past couple weeks,

  • we've had a couple of webinars around getting started

  • on Khan Academy as both a parent and a teacher,

  • and then we ran one last Friday on tips

  • for effective remote teaching and learning.

  • The recordings for all of those are available

  • on the site, along with some supporting resources.

  • Coming up in the next couple of days,

  • this afternoon, we have office hours, again,

  • for teachers to get their questions answered

  • by some of our ambassadors, our really exceptional,

  • you know,

  • and then we have another webinar tomorrow

  • from one of our ambassadors talking about

  • some of the best ways for teachers

  • to get effective results using Khan Academy.

  • And keep an eye out.

  • We'll be looking to add another parent webinar next week

  • to help parents get started with both Khan Academy

  • and Khan Academy Kids.

  • - Awesome. Thanks, Meaghan.

  • And maybe just a starting question

  • that we've gotten many versions

  • of what I'm about to ask you.

  • But a lot of teachers and parents

  • are just feeling a little overwhelmed.

  • Schools closed with not a lotta notice,

  • not a lotta planning, this is a new frontier

  • for all of us.

  • For speaking to a teacher, and to some degree a parent now

  • who is feeling overwhelmed,

  • how should they even think about remote learning,

  • and what steps might they wanna take?

  • - I think that's a really key point, Sal,

  • is that a lot of people are feeling overwhelmed,

  • and there wasn't a lotta time for preparation.

  • And teachers, in particulars, are preparers.

  • As a classroom teacher for nine years,

  • I couldn't imagine the shock of transitioning

  • from being in a classroom brick and mortar space

  • with my students to jumping fully remote so quickly.

  • I think one thing that I've heard from a lot of teachers

  • and a lot of parents is take a deep breath.

  • It's not the expectation that you are going

  • to cover everything you would cover

  • in your classroom right now.

  • It's really important to cut yourself

  • and your students some slack,

  • and just know that the fact

  • that you are taking the endeavor

  • of getting them actively learning

  • and focusing on some key concepts is really great,

  • and that you're taking time to embrace

  • kind of the emotional impact for both you

  • as a parent or a teacher and your students

  • and building in some time into your time with students

  • to be able to reflect with them,

  • and you know, take some time as you shared

  • in some of the schedules,

  • take some time to reflect on what's going on right now,

  • and incorporate that into the learning experience.

  • I'd say the other piece that I would really, really

  • focus on is communication.

  • I fear sometimes that working remotely

  • with students and teachers gives the illusion

  • that there's less to need to communicate.

  • But in fact, we really need more communication right now

  • and taking the time to either connect live

  • with students or send a message to students,

  • you know, finding opportunities

  • to create that human connection even if you're not

  • in the same physical space is so important right now.

  • - I'm getting a question here from Debbie Charlton

  • who's actually one of the Khan Academy

  • teacher ambassadors, and Debbie's asking--

  • - Yeah!

  • - You know Debbie, "How can you assign content

  • "to specific students based on what they have not worked

  • "on yet but others may have?"

  • So we have this situation where, I guess always

  • kids might be at different levels,

  • might be working at different things,

  • and to some degree we support that,

  • but how does a teacher maybe assign that,

  • or should they assign that?

  • How do you think about that?

  • - Yeah, I think it's a good question

  • that we think about not just in this time

  • but especially now where you have the additional challenge

  • of not being able to see that student.

  • I think what is really great about Khan Academy

  • is the ability to assign these broad mastery goals.

  • When we think about what are the students trying

  • to accomplish for the year.

  • Are they trying to, you know, work on Algebra I?

  • Are they trying to complete third grade math

  • or maybe high school biology?

  • Our mastery extends beyond math.

  • And so I think starting with that mastery goal,

  • which allows students to work at their own time

  • and pace, and helps them identify areas of opportunity.

  • And we have some resources right on the site,

  • right from that banner when you get to Khan Academy,

  • that will connect you and how to set up a mastery goal.

  • So any teacher could leverage that

  • as a really good starting point,

  • and then once you're able to see students progress,

  • and we see maybe after three to five sessions

  • on working towards that master goal,

  • the teacher reporting will allow teachers

  • to identify growth opportunities,

  • so skills that students might need additional support with,

  • and from there, there's an assign button,

  • and teachers can import the individual students,

  • small groups of students, or the entire class

  • with aligned exercise to identify

  • and support learning in that gap area.

  • So the short version is assign a mastery goal,

  • and use the data to make supporting assignments.

  • And we have, again, we have some resources right

  • on our website that walk teachers through this,

  • and some specifically to support

  • in that remote learning situation.

  • - And we have another kind of related question,

  • also from Debbie,