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Online learning program wows kids, parents

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When we first told you about Khan Academy in January, the online teaching program was just starting to make waves around the globe. Now it is actually being implemented in classrooms right here in the Bay Area. Gateway Christian Academy is among the schools that are catching on to the Khan phenomenon.

It's the parents who are getting the lesson -- they are learning how their kids are learning in this new era of technology.

"Well, it's kinda new to me because I'm not up to par with computers, so it's kinda helping me to keep up with him. So I think it could be beneficial to both of us," said Wendy Gunter.

Her son Donovon, a fifth grader, is very familiar with the program.

"I think it's really, really great and I would like to play with it a lot more," he said.

Computer teacher Jerusha Womble explained, "Immediately I'm seeing progress and change and development in the students."

"It's fun, it's easy," said Rich Cody, whose 11-year-old daughter Rachel has been using Khan to help her with math.

"I've been showing him how good I am at telling time," Rachel said, with a smile.

One of the best parts for parents is being able to track their child's growth.

"So along the left hand side you can see progress summary, progress report, daily activity, for are specifically related to the profile of your child," Ms. Womble explained to the parents.

The Khan program helps parents keep up with that.

Rich said, "It tracks all her history, shows you where she needs improvement in. It's all right there, so it's easy."

Ms. Womble says the biggest improvements are in math.

"Students often don't like math before they even start it," she said.

"It takes more steps and it'll show you on Khan Academy how to do it easier than the long way," said Joshua Thompson.

His father Michael explained, "Joshua, he's like all excited about it, like dad, you've gotta be here to see everything, so I'm here."

Rachel loves the avatars that you can win while scoring high on practice problems.

"It's really cool because the more points you earn, you can go to your profile and they have special features you can use as a picture," she said.

It's simple and fun. Most importantly, Khan Academy is helping local students improve in areas where they struggle.

"Where was he when I was in school?" asked Richard.

Khan Academy is being implemented in ten private schools in Hillsborough County Schools thanks to a partnership with Step Up for Students, which provides scholarships for low-income children.




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