A page from the Khan Academy's online "global classroom."
With daily screen time averaging 7.5 hours for today’s youth, it’s time to embrace the learning potential. Find educational media that is safe and effective.
Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org)
A non-profit online resource, makes it easy with an in-depth learning potential rating system developed by specialists to score the smorgasbord of media children use.
For parents: “Our goal is to give families information about what’s best for their kids,” says Seeta Pai, VP of Research and Digital Content.
For teachers: Common Sense Media covers teachers’ needs with Graphite, their online resource rating apps for classrooms. “Teachers can search for what they need by subject, grade, common course standard, or skill. Up come all the options, a whole teacher community contributing reviews,” said Crista Sumanik, senior communications manager at Common Sense Media.
Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
A non-profit online “global classroom” that essentially works as a free personalized tutor. Join for engaging video mini-lessons, customized practice problems, and student progress data tracking.
For parents: “Those who like to be involved in learning, there's a whole wealth of resources,” says chief of staff Jessica Yeun. “It’s a learning tool to help their kids get ahead or catch up, it's something that can be there ...or as a resource to help children learn on the side.”
For teachers: Teachers can use the online tool as a “supplemental resource to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom,” Yeun says. Innovative teachers have used Khan Academy resources to encourage peer tutoring and facilitate classroom discussions.
Parents and teachers sign up to get permission to data reports on student progress as they work through practice problems. The reports flag the data if the student needs intervention or help.