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  • - Hello everyone, welcome to Khan Academy's Daily Homeroom.

  • For those of y'all who aren't familiar with what this is,

  • ever since we had the mass school closures

  • because of the COVID-19

  • all of us at Khan Academy as a not-for-profit

  • with a mission of providing a free world-class education

  • for anyone anywhere realized that it's our duty

  • to do whatever we can to support students,

  • parents, and teachers through this crisis.

  • So, obviously over many years we've been building resources

  • in math, and English and language arts,

  • and early learning, Khan Academy Kids,

  • you can see Kodi Bear right behind me,

  • going all the way through

  • high school level sciences and SAT prep,

  • but we realized once the schools

  • were going to get closed that people needed even more.

  • So we've been doing webinars for parents and teachers

  • to understand how to structure things.

  • We've been releasing schedules on what students,

  • how they could structure their days

  • based on different age groups,

  • and we've been doing this live stream,

  • this Daily Homeroom so we can feel connected

  • in this time of social distancing.

  • We do have a cool announcement.

  • Just yesterday we released what we're calling

  • Learning Plans on Khan Academy

  • and I think you're gonna see some of the links.

  • There you go, the link is right there.

  • It's magical.

  • There, I can get my,

  • there you go. (chuckling)

  • Felipe is doing a better job, is getting fancier every day.

  • But if you go there what you're going to see

  • is we got a lot of feedback from,

  • especially students and parents saying,

  • "All right the schedules were useful.

  • "I can understand that I can do, maybe,

  • "40 minutes of math then take a break,

  • "then do 40 minutes of reading, et cetera, et cetera,

  • "but over the course of the next two months

  • "or even five months as we go through summer

  • "what are reasonable goals for me or for my child?

  • "How do I make sure either myself

  • "or my child is keeping up

  • "so that they're ready for next school year?"

  • So this is a week by week learning plan

  • that sets goals for you, if you're the student,

  • or your child if you're the parent, to be on track.

  • And this first Learning Plan we've done

  • is focused on math.

  • Khan Academy has much more than just math,

  • but math is one of those core subject areas

  • where it's really valuable to make sure

  • that you don't fall behind.

  • Obviously, even before this COVID crisis

  • we have talked a lot about

  • the importance of mastery learning,

  • about not being pushed ahead

  • while you still have gaps that accumulate over time,

  • these Swiss cheese gaps,

  • and Khan Academy can help fill you in.

  • And then you could imagine with five months

  • of not being in school now it's that much more important

  • to fill in those gaps and to keep learning.

  • And just to underline that our partners at the NWEA,

  • they're a non-profit assessment body,

  • they just released a report yesterday

  • 'cause they have historical data

  • on what's known as the summer learning loss,

  • or the summer slide.

  • Normally you have three months of loss over the summer,

  • not just not learning, but oftentimes forgetting,

  • now it might be five months.

  • And in that world it could be as much

  • as a year of learning loss.

  • So please take a look at those learning plans

  • and give us feedback.

  • The other thing I'd like to,

  • just out of a shout out, a thank you,

  • Khan Academy, we are not-for-profit,

  • we are funded by philanthropic donations,

  • you own as much of Khan Academy as I,

  • or anyone else, it has no ownership,

  • it's a public charity, and we need your support.

  • Even before the crisis we were running at a deficit

  • and now our server costs, et cetera,

  • are going up many fold,

  • and we're trying to put out more support.

  • So if you're in a position to do so

  • please think about donating.

  • I do wanna give a special thanks

  • to several corporations who've stepped up recently

  • including Bank of America, AT&T, Google.org, and Novartis.

  • That's been a major help, but we need more.

  • We're still running at a deficit to do all of this.

  • So with that, today's live stream

  • I thought that we could have a little bit of fun.

  • We have fun all the time,

  • but we're gonna keep it a little bit freeform.

  • If you're watching this over YouTube,

  • or you're watching it over Facebook,

  • put any question you might possibly be curious about there.

  • We have team members that are looking at 'em,

  • and everything is fair game.

  • Dan is here and he's gonna help me out,

  • identifying what folks are saying.

  • But, you know, we're more than happy

  • to answer questions about some of what I just talked about.

  • How do you structure your day?

  • Questions about learning and education.

  • We're happy to at least think about questions about

  • some of the healthcare stuff that's going on

  • as much as we are qualified to do so.

  • Economic things, or just other things

  • that are going on in your life.

  • We're gonna, we're gonna...

  • Inside our organization

  • we have these things called "Ask Me Anything".

  • We're gonna make this an Ask Me Anything version

  • of our life stream, so ask us literally anything.

  • And let's see.

  • I'm gonna see some of our team members

  • are starting to put out.

  • So Susanna from YouTube,

  • Susanna Garcia Dominguez,

  • and Susanna you've been asking good questions

  • on this live stream (chuckles)

  • I remember your name off of YouTube, is asking

  • "Will you be releasing a learning plan for first grade?"

  • So that is an excellent question.

  • So your question by itself

  • is a little bit of a push for us to do it.

  • First grade is an interesting overlap subject

  • or grade level for us because Khan Academy Kids

  • goes up through first grade.

  • And then the Khan Academy that is not Khan Academy Kids,

  • we have to come up with a better name for that

  • 'cause that's still for kids and adults,

  • it starts at that kindergarten first grade level.

  • So I think what your question is a really good push.

  • Hopefully over the next couple of days or weeks

  • we can work with the Khan Academy Kids team

  • to maybe put something together

  • or put something together that's a hybrid

  • of Khan Academy Kids and the math,

  • 'cause these first learning plans are math focused

  • on non-Khan Academy Kids Khan Academy. (chuckling)

  • All right.

  • From Facebook Jacqui Riquelme says,

  • "Could you please share what software you use

  • "to record video lessons?

  • "I would love to use the writing tool

  • "to explain in better details with video for my students.

  • "Thank you so much."

  • So Jacqui it sounds like you might be a teacher,

  • and I know a lot of teachers even before this crisis

  • were interested in making, I guess you could say,

  • Khan Academy style videos.

  • And especially with school closures

  • it's even more important.

  • So, what I use, and it's good that it's right here.

  • So, let me see if I can

  • show this to you,

  • I'm picking it up. (mic thudding)

  • There's a little bit, ugh,

  • I'm bumping into all sorts of stuff.

  • This is a Wacom tablet I use.

  • I've upgraded over the years.

  • I use to have a, kind of a smaller $80 one.

  • I think this one costs about $200.

  • And it will come with a pen that looks like this.

  • And so that's what I use to write when I'm doing it.

  • This microphone that you see here,

  • this is the microphone that I use.

  • And, once again, all of this is kind of upgrade.

  • You don't needs these types of things to do a decent video.

  • If you just have even, you know,

  • your regular headphone microphone

  • that's probably sufficient.

  • In the first several years of Khan Academy

  • I had a $80 tablet and I just used a standard,

  • you know, $20 headset that you could find.

  • And I use an art program.

  • In the early days I was using Microsoft Paint (chuckling)

  • now I use SketchBook, SketchBook Pro.,

  • which is just a nice drawing application.

  • And the way that I capture the drawing

  • and my voice is I use Camtasia to screen capture.

  • And Camtasia isn't the only tool,

  • there's other tools that can allow you

  • to do some screen capture.

  • And I just,

  • what I do is I capture a portion.

  • I do a 1280x720 pixel rectangle of my art tool,

  • and that's why you don't see all the widgets and the tools

  • 'cause they're outside of the recording window.

  • So that's what I do, I just click record.

  • I try to do things fairly informally.

  • I think it's really valuable when you're making videos

  • that it's not overly scripted

  • because I think the listener can detect

  • if you are going through it with them or not,

  • so I try to keep it reasonably extemporaneous

  • and low-key, but whatever works for you.

  • But, I encourage you to definitely keep going with that.

  • All right.

  • So from Facebook Rick Cornett asks,

  • "How can I set up a science curriculum

  • "for my sixth and seventh grader?

  • "Math is set up by grade level, but science is not."

  • That's a great question, Rick.

  • So Khan Academy, we don't yet.

  • It is our aspirations.

  • We don't yet have an explicit science curriculum

  • for middle school students.

  • With that said, and I've said this

  • a couple of times on the live stream,

  • I think a sixth grader, or a seventh grader is ready

  • to start engaging on parts of the high school sciences.

  • So for example, high school biology,

  • which is on Khan Academy.

  • I am confident that your children,

  • especially if you're there to support them,

  • can start learning the basics of biology.

  • And frankly, it's very relevant right now

  • to learn about DNA, RNA, viruses, bacteria,

  • evolution, natural selection.

  • Obviously, with the viruses,

  • evolution and natural selection is happening

  • before our eyes in real time.

  • So I would definitely look at the high school biology

  • as a great thing for potentially sixth

  • or seventh graders.

  • They definitely have the math background for it.

  • And then even the early units in chemistry

  • where you're learning about the periodic table of elements,

  • what elements are, the basics of bonding,

  • the basics of balancing chemical equations.

  • There's nothing there that's cognitively beyond

  • a sixth or a seventh grader.

  • Especially, if they have some supports.

  • And physics is a little bit more mathematical,

  • but there is even elements of the physics where,

  • you know, maybe the one dimensional motion or Newton's Laws

  • could be a really interesting thing to tackle.

  • And if your students or your children

  • are able to do that now

  • they're going to have a serious leg up

  • when they get to true high school level science.

  • So let's see.

  • We have another question here.

  • When I picked up my tablet everything got messed up.

  • I'm, (chuckling) I'm trying, so.

  • Let's see.

  • So from Facebook