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  • - Hi everyone, Sal Khan here.

  • Welcome to our Daily Homeroom live stream.

  • As I always explained,

  • this is a way for us to stay together connected

  • in this time of school closures.

  • Khan Academy, we're not for profit,

  • with a mission of providing a free

  • world-class education for anyone anywhere.

  • And we could never foreseen the situation

  • that we're now founding ourselves in,

  • but over the last roughly decade,

  • we've been building resources

  • that we think can really help you

  • as a student, a parent, a teacher,

  • keeps students learning over this a very unfortunate

  • situation we are going through.

  • I will remind everyone, before we get

  • into the mid of today's session,

  • we are not for profit,

  • we exist because of philanthropic donations

  • from folks like yourself.

  • We were running at a deficit,

  • even before this whole Covid crisis hit,

  • and now our traffic is almost three times

  • what it typically is.

  • I do wanna give a special thank you

  • for all of you who've donated over

  • the last several weeks, and especially several

  • of these corporations you see here.

  • Bank of America really stepped up 31st weekend

  • where they saw that we had a need,

  • Google.org, AT&T, Novartis.

  • This is helping a lot, but we need more help.

  • We are continuing to run at an increasing deficit.

  • I also wanna give a special thanks to my wife (murmurs)

  • this is my first Covid haircut (laughs)

  • I got over the weekend in our backyard.

  • I think she's got some skills,

  • obviously I'm biased.

  • So today we're gonna have a fun session,

  • I'm gonna bring on two of my team members,

  • Meaghan and Jeremy, who are former teachers

  • who have been leading the Webinars

  • that we keep talking about,

  • over on these live streams.

  • And the collectively what we're gonna do,

  • on Friday we had a fun ask me anything,

  • where people were asking literally anything,

  • And now I'm joined by Meaghan and Jeremy,

  • and you can ask us anything.

  • And obviously Meaghan and Jeremy are expert at,

  • how does Khan Academy work in a classroom?

  • They're the ones running the webinars

  • and they can talk more about,

  • some of the webinars are about to run,

  • common questions they've seen,

  • but also ask us anything about anything.

  • So Meaghan, Jeremy, thanks for joining us.

  • Maybe a good place to start,

  • Meaghan, I'll start with you.

  • Tell us a little bit about

  • these webinars you're running

  • and what types of things you're trying to get across.

  • - Sure, thanks Sal.

  • We are running webinars for teachers

  • who are transitioning from being

  • in the classroom everyday with their students

  • to teaching and learning remotely.

  • And we've covered everything from,

  • how to set up your Khan Academy account

  • to best practices, to even having teachers

  • who are really exceptional ambassadors,

  • who are sharing their best practices

  • for different students in different areas.

  • So it could be math,

  • could be English language learners,

  • could be science.

  • And so we're having both our team share

  • some of the things that we know work really well,

  • along with teachers around the country

  • sharing their best ideas,

  • to really form a community of teaching

  • and learning remotely.

  • And we have two webinars coming up this week.

  • One for best practices for supporting students

  • who are special education,

  • and one for best practices for supporting

  • English language learners.

  • And those are on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

  • - That's super useful.

  • And Jeremy, what would you say

  • that you and Meaghan are seeing as some

  • of the main, I guess pain points

  • that parents and teachers are facing,

  • and what they are finding value in

  • from these webinars?

  • - It's a great question.

  • And we definitely live in webinar mode nowadays,

  • so thanks to everyone who's been joining us over

  • the last couple of weeks, as we move

  • into this new sort of world order.

  • That being said,

  • I think what we're hearing, especially

  • from educators as well as parents,

  • is the hunger for specificity.

  • We're now a month into this thing

  • and this seems to be the sort of the way

  • the world's gonna work,

  • at least for the next several weeks.

  • How do we make the most of this time?

  • How do we serve our students

  • and our children the best way possible?

  • And so what we've been hearing from teachers is,

  • how do I do that at the elementary level

  • versus the high school level?

  • How do I do that in my science class

  • versus my ELA class?

  • And so for the last several weeks,

  • we've been having ambassadors share their specialty,

  • in each of those different areas

  • with educators across the country

  • and around the world.

  • And next week is no different.

  • And we wanna make sure that,

  • whether you serve students in special education,

  • or English language learners,

  • you're getting everything you need

  • to serve those students successfully.

  • - And what advice...

  • Meaghan I ask you first,

  • what advice do you have for teachers who are...

  • You know, they didn't get a lot of notice,

  • that they're now trying to figure out

  • how to transition their class

  • and teach virtually over Skype, Zoom, whatever.

  • Meaghan, what's your top tip or top tips?

  • - I think you're really hitting

  • the nail on the head Sals,

  • that we're seeing from a lot of teachers and parents,

  • and I've observed students as well,

  • that feeling of being overwhelmed,

  • a lot is hitting everyone all at once,

  • and now that we're thinking about this

  • as being more of a longterm situation.

  • I think one thing that I would share right now is that,

  • the focus immediately had been,

  • how do I use technology with my students?

  • But really to take a step back and think

  • about taking those classroom norms

  • to use in the brick and mortar classroom,

  • and how you can transition that,

  • and use your students as part of a community

  • building process of,

  • what are the norms we want for our class?

  • What are the norms we're going to use

  • when we use a video conferencing tool,

  • like zoom or Google Hangouts?

  • What are the things that we're gonna set

  • into the classroom norms for communicating with each other.

  • So focusing on building that community

  • with your students and setting norms and

  • opportunities for communication first,

  • and then using those tools, like Khan Academy,

  • to support those norms and best practices,

  • as opposed to putting just the technology first.

  • - And Jeremy, taking the other side on the parents side,

  • what advice would you have for parents?

  • I think many of us are in this boat.

  • I felt it over the last couple of weeks,

  • so you're feeling overwhelmed,

  • your kids are at home, you're trying to work from home.

  • If you have young kids,

  • they make it difficult for you to work from home,

  • at the same time you have a list of do's from their school,

  • that you're trying to take pictures of it

  • and send it to their teacher,

  • what advice do you have for parents

  • who are trying to navigate that?

  • - All three of us are very much in the same boat.

  • I know there are millions of other parents

  • out there who are asking themselves

  • the same question right now.

  • My own kids are causing up a storm over in the next room,

  • so I appreciate their indulgence.

  • That being said,

  • I would come back to this idea,

  • from my early days as a teacher in training,

  • which is about getting quick wins.

  • So I know that as a parent or as an educator,

  • you want to come in and you wanna be a master

  • of the situation, an awesome parent, an incredible teacher.

  • But it's tough to do when everything

  • is changing all around you.

  • And so what I've been looking

  • to do with my own kids,

  • is find one moment in a day,

  • when we have a really special moment of connection.

  • Maybe it's not transcendent learning,

  • maybe it's not massive educational gains,

  • which is a moment we have maybe a game of 20 questions,

  • or would you rather do this?

  • Or would you rather do that around the dinner table?

  • Where we feel like a family in that moment,

  • and not just the family and crisis.

  • And so, I think if you can just pull out

  • that one moment a day,

  • really seize upon that and be grateful for that,

  • that becomes the building block for a routine,

  • and a family tradition that you can celebrate

  • even beyond this crisis.

  • - I really liked that.

  • One thing that I've started,

  • obviously there's a certain irony coming

  • from me or from us,

  • but what I've really enjoyed is that,

  • I have one of those little tablet whiteboards

  • with a whiteboard marker,

  • and I've just been writing a problem

  • of the day for my two youngest.

  • My oldest who's 11, he kinda is doing his thing

  • and he's pretty productive,

  • and, and my middle one is okay.

  • But just writing that problem down

  • and we sit next to each other on the couch,

  • it takes 10 minutes, but at least I'm like,

  • "Okay, they're doing something kind of academic."

  • And then from there you get that win

  • and then you can start layering on,

  • "Hey, if we can do 20 minutes of Khan Academy,

  • on the math side, if we can just read together.

  • I'm a big fan of these Bob books,

  • these early learner reading things

  • that I do with my five-year-old.

  • That gets you your wins,

  • and then we've published things like these schedules,

  • that you can layer on over time.

  • And actually a to do for us,

  • I think is to maybe....

  • "cause we, these schedules could show

  • how you can use Khan Academy for fairly full school day,

  • including breaks and lunch and all of that,

  • we don't provide lunches, but we can tell you

  • when they go and they could be.

  • But I think we also should....

  • We've been saying it in these live streams,

  • and y'all been saying it in our webinars,

  • but I think even in our schedules,

  • we should probably say,

  • "Hey, even if you just do this part, you're a superhero."

  • And everyone else is gravy from there.

  • And actually I've gotten feedback lately,

  • that I say the term "Everything is gravy."

  • And a lot of people, especially

  • from other countries are not familiar with it.

  • And so the general idea is that,

  • mashed potatoes by themselves are enough

  • to provide the calories you need,

  • but they taste even better with gravy,