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  • - Okay, I think third time did the trick.

  • Sorry for all the stops and starts.

  • As I mentioned, this is all very impromptu

  • and very improvisational, but yes,

  • now even this dashboard that I'm using

  • says that I'm online on at least Facebook and YouTube.

  • So I will just keep going and power through this

  • because I think there's a little bit of a delay

  • between when I'm starting and stopping.

  • So it's I'm pressing start, it starts,

  • and then everyone says it's working,

  • but then by that time I thought it wasn't working

  • and then I started again.

  • But I think we're good, I'm just gonna

  • keep powering through this.

  • I'll start over.

  • This, for those of you all who are wondering where I'm am,

  • I'm in a walk-in closet off of my master bedroom

  • because out here in California we have these

  • stay in place orders, and as I mentioned,

  • this is the walk-in closet

  • where Khan Academy all got started.

  • I have spent a year in this walk-in closet back in 2010,

  • so I'm prepared to spend at least many weeks

  • or months in this walk-in closet if necessary.

  • But as you can imagine, a lot going on.

  • For those of you that this is the first time

  • that you're coming to this livestream,

  • the whole point of it is we obviously

  • have these mass school closures going on

  • and we, at Khan Academy we find ourselves

  • in a somewhat unique situation of realizing

  • that this is what Khan Academy to some degree was made for

  • even though we've never really thought

  • of this circumstance actually happening.

  • And this is clearly a very, situation,

  • I don't think anyone would want this,

  • the ideal circumstance is that the schools are open,

  • Academy is somehow a substitute for live experiences.

  • We've always imagined them being in partnership

  • with incredible teachers and classrooms

  • and you have your peers and you can liberate the classroom

  • to then go to higher order tasks.

  • But we've also imagined Khan Academy

  • being used in parts of the world

  • where students might not have access to school

  • or might not have access to certain,

  • to instruction or curriculum material of certain qualities.

  • And we now find ourselves in a situation

  • where most of the world is going to find ourselves

  • in that second category.

  • So a couple of things are happening.

  • I've been taking questions from parents,

  • teachers, students, I would love

  • to get more student questions actually,

  • I know there's some concern about the cancellation,

  • delays of some of the SAT administration tests.

  • On Friday, we released some schedules

  • for students of different ages,

  • and one thing that we recommended for sure

  • for high school students is to

  • use our official SAT practice.

  • Obviously you can use us for math.

  • You can use us for the sciences,

  • you can use us for the social sciences,

  • but we also have the official SAT practice

  • that we partner with the College Board on.

  • And even if you aren't taking the SAT

  • or even if now your SAT has been delayed,

  • I encourage you to think about using that

  • because it covers math, reading, and writing,

  • and it'll really make sure that those skills don't atrophy

  • even if you aren't taking the SAT any time.

  • And if you do end up taking the SAT in the next three,

  • four months, it'll be real useful.

  • But what I would love to do is make this as interactive

  • as possible, I'd love to take questions from all of you.

  • I see, let's see if I can scroll down here.

  • I got a question, I'm a foreign student

  • who's aiming for a mathematics course in the USA,

  • what courses exactly should I examine in Khan Academy site?

  • Are linear algebra and multivariable calculus needed

  • and what tests I need to take?

  • Well, Muhammad, it depends what level

  • you're coming into the United States.

  • I just saw a comment that Sal is getting old.

  • We all get old.

  • It depends what level.

  • If you're coming at the college level,

  • you would probably have to take something

  • like the SAT, there might also be things

  • like the TOEFL which is measuring,

  • I think it's Test of English Language Fluency

  • or Fluency Language, something like that.

  • I forget the acronym.

  • But for those tests actually the level

  • of mathematics you need is not overly advanced.

  • For the SAT, you really, the level of math,

  • you really have to master algebra two,

  • and know it well, there's some tricky questions on there,

  • but for the most part they're algebra two questions.

  • And similar for the reading comprehension level.

  • Things like linear algebra or multivariable calculus,

  • which are typically a freshman or sophomore level course

  • in college in the United States are definitely not required

  • for entry level into college.

  • Obviously if you're thinking about graduate studies,

  • linear algebra's especially tends to be applicable

  • in a lot of the technical fields.

  • Let's see, other people are asking questions.

  • Is Khan Academy in Mountain View closed as well?

  • Yes, we have shut down the office.

  • It's actually by law now, unless you work

  • in our area at a healthcare facility or a grocery store

  • or gas station, something that's considered essential,

  • they are telling folks not to go to work.

  • All right.

  • So hi Sal, I'm a, this is from Basil,

  • hi Sal, I'm a 17-year-old high school student

  • and I have been teaching for around three years

  • for physics, chem, and math, do you recommend

  • any sources to improve someone's ability to teach?

  • That's a great question, I've never had quite that question.

  • Think the number one thing is really mastery

  • of the material yourself.

  • I think even for myself when I first learned

  • a lot of that material in high school and college,

  • I was a good student and I understood it quite well,

  • but it would be great if,

  • when I started doing Khan Academy, it would,

  • and sorry, for the team, all these Slack questions

  • are coming across and it's making it

  • a little bit disruptive.

  • I'll look at the iPad in a second.

  • But to learn how to may be practice teaching better,

  • obviously there's nothing like teaching itself.

  • I highly recommend trying to make resources

  • that cover that material and I think you'll find

  • that you'll learn the material a lot deeper.

  • Let's see, I'm gonna go to the questions

  • that the team is looking at.

  • Okay.

  • And so I'm looking at the doc, team.

  • And so I'm looking at the top of it.

  • So, yeah, and what's going on right now

  • is our team is looking at the various streams

  • and then they are curating the questions

  • for look at, at this iPad, so there's a lot

  • of home brew things going on here.

  • But I'm happy to continue to answer questions.

  • I will look at the stream that I see on this dashboard

  • and see what other questions people have.

  • Let's see, people have asked,

  • it seems like the quality is subpar, my apologies for that.

  • I will try to, before tomorrow,

  • try to find a place in the house

  • that hopefully has better quality Wi-Fi.

  • I have four full bars here, but I guess

  • that's not doing the trick.

  • This is my first day that I'm doing this at home,

  • so it'll hopefully get better every day.

  • So please ask any questions, the team is looking at it,

  • they will update this doc that I'm working from.

  • I don't see any of the questions just yet.

  • So one question J.R. Gilroy asks,

  • will you be leading a nationwide SAT, ACT study session?

  • A great question, J.R., we, as part of our effort

  • to support everyone, we are thinking about things like that.

  • As you can tell, even for this livestream

  • we're trying to figure out the technology,

  • but I hope that over the, especially if this school shutdown

  • situation is protracted, if it keeps going,

  • I hope that we can find ways to support you

  • in multiple subjects and SAT especially is one area

  • that we might able to do either livestreams

  • or large-scale video conferencing

  • and help answer folks' questions.

  • So I hope that we can go do something like that.

  • Any chance can students access Khan Academy

  • through gaming platforms?

  • Unfortunately, that does not exist just yet.

  • Let's see,

  • other questions.

  • Okay, Niurka Zapata says I've been assisting

  • Khan students around,

  • not just students, it's been helpful,

  • I'm so happy I'm one of your ambassadors.

  • Oh, so for those of y'all who don't know,

  • we have a thousand teacher ambassadors around the world

  • who are teachers but they've been super users

  • of Khan Academy, and they're also in their region

  • not just helping their own students use Khan Academy

  • but they're helping teachers help their students

  • use Khan Academy, so thank you Niurka

  • for being one of those teacher ambassadors.

  • And one of the things that we're brainstorming here

  • at Khan Academy and we would love ideas

  • from all of you and especially our teacher ambassadors

  • are ways that teachers,

  • and I know teachers are also sorting out their own lives

  • right now, their kids are at home.

  • They're trying to figure out how to support

  • their own students.

  • But if this crisis or if the school shutdown continues,

  • I hope we can find ways to work with teachers

  • who might able to volunteer to,

  • and not just teachers, anyone who might be able

  • to volunteer to help support students

  • around the world who right now are feeling

  • maybe a little bit socially distanced

  • and need more support above and beyond

  • what Khan Academy can do on its own.

  • Our hope is, we've released those schedules on Friday

  • that Khan Academy is able to,

  • that we've been able to structure a day

  • so that students of most ages are able

  • to use Khan Academy for most subjects.

  • But we hope that that can be supported with other things.

  • Yesterday we talked about ideas

  • like if there's a classroom or a cohort of students

  • who are working on something at the same time,

  • maybe they can share a video conference link,

  • a Zoom or a Google Hangout, where if any of them

  • have questions, they can go on,

  • it could maybe be staffed by a volunteer parent

  • or by their teacher.

  • And we're going to think about ways

  • that we might be able to do that at a larger scale

  • or maybe even give templates or directions

  • for anyone to be able to do that type of thing.

  • Once again, none of this is ideal,

  • but we're lucky that we have access to technology

  • and a lot of resources that will hopefully,

  • if this happened 30 years ago,

  • we would've been a lot tougher of a situation.

  • So that's our hope.

  • Let's see, so I have a question here,

  • does Khan Academy provide social-emotional programs?

  • So Khan Academy historically didn't explicitly

  • do social-emotional programs.

  • We tried to put some social-emotional best practices

  • in our product experience and even in our content.

  • What we're told, people like some of our content

  • because it just feels relaxing and fun,

  • and sometimes improvised, kind of like

  • what you're seeing right now.

  • But what we've been doing over the years

  • is trying to think about other ways

  • that we can supplement our core content

  • and experience with social-emotional programs.

  • We've had programs at schools like LearnStorm.

  • The app, Khan Academy Kids, that has been recently launched,

  • that was about a year and a half, almost two years now,

  • that is for younger students ages three to about six,