I've been meaning to check out the Khan Academy, a website with free video instruction on subjects like math, biology, art history, programming and more.
They're offering a three-month pilot challenge for Bay Area students to master skills in math on Khan Academy, through its LearnStorm. Participating students accumulate points on leaderboards to compete for monthly cups and awards, including a celebratory finals event in May.
The challenge is designed to emphasize school spirit, collaboration and perseverance around learning, similar to how schools currently engage with their sports teams, encouraging students of all abilities to get excited about and to master their math level or higher. This initiative comes out of Khan Academy research done in collaboration with Dr Carol Dweck and others who advocate the ‘growth mindset’; the ability to cultivate a new, positive attitude toward learning. In the press release, project lead James Tynan said, “Our hope is that LearnStorm helps students not only to get excited about math, but to cultivate meta-cognitive skills about learning that will permeate other life challenges, too. We know that the more you grapple with something, the more your capacity expands."
LearnStorm is for kids in all math levels, for kids in 3rd-12th grade in ten Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma (they hope to expand to other areas in the future). The challenge pilot will begin on February 9.
There's a lot of information on the website that I encourage you to check out, as it's kind of a complex process. But I'm signing my son up!