E-learning website Khan Academy on Tuesday announced the launch of LearnStorm, its first nationwide education challenge for India.
LearnStorm is a free, six-week online learning challenge for classes between 3 and 12. It is driven by teachers and empowers them with data they need to bring personalised learning into their classrooms, and helps students master their core academic subjects.
“We have witnessed overwhelming response for LearnStorm in the US, where we have already closed three editions. Last year, we had over 23,000 teachers and 975,000 students in the US participate. Our aim was to replicate the similar kind of success for schools in India,” Sandeep Bapna, Khan Academy’s India managing director, said while speaking on the launch.
“As I communicate this, since we opened registrations mid-August, over 18,000 students from more than 200 leading schools are already signed up for this competition, including those from RN Podar School, Nehru World School, and Rustomjee Cambridge International School,” Bapna said.
The LearnStorm program will run from September 5 till October 19, 2018, and teachers can enrol anytime during the challenge by creating a free account on Khan Academy at www.khanacademy.org, a class and adding students and then enrolling in LearnStorm India.
Top ten schools, those who have completed all six levels and with the highest levels of participation, will win the “Keep Going, Keep Growing” reward at the end of the six weeks. One school stands a chance to win the “Khan Super Day” experience for all its participating students and teachers.
“Technology and interactive teaching pedagogies play an instrumental role in making learning fun, fast and convenient for students. Khan Academy fulfils the objective by personalising learning for everyone,” RN Podar School’s director principal Avnita Bir said.
“The unique rewards system, that brings students to progress together as a class, will undoubtedly motivate teachers and other schools to participate,” Bir said.