Are online courses like Khan Academy effective for young kids?

Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) has won 21 Parents’ Choice Awards, received 18 Editor’s Choice Awards, as well as being voted the best children’s app at the International Consumer Electronics Show. It has proven itself time and again as an effective means to teach children coding and familiarise them with programmatic concepts.

Khan academy also have a dedicated platform Khan Academy for Kids, which is directed at kids between ages two and six and teaches them the basics of STEM-based subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) using fun and creative activities such as drawing and storytelling. Khan Academy for Kids provides access to both a browser and app-based platform where children can learn about complex topics through fun and engaging challenges. 

Each activity is designed to promote creativity, critical thinking and other socio-emotional skills at a developmentally appropriate level and at the child’s own pace. Using this combination of learning and fun, younger kids have been shown to respond well to new information and create a positive relationship between learning, creativity and fun. According to Jennifer M. Zosh (‘How People Learn’ , 2017) a child who is enjoying the learning process will both learn faster and be more likely to seek out new additional information by themselves.

Not only is the course designed to be navigable by kids of a very young age, it is also directed at low-income families who may not be able to afford high level education and/or live in an environment where a decent education is not accessible.  

When children have finished learning with the Kids program, the site provides a comfortable segue into their advanced suite of courses.

Sources:

  1. https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/175817486225/khan-academy-introduces-something-big-for-little
  2. https://medium.com/positive-returns/how-khan-academy-kids-is-helping-all-children-prepare-for-kindergarten-b93558fbe9a0

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